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Following Proper Loading Procedures

Released February 12, 2018 Article

Safety is a core value at Loup. It is something to which we hold ourselves to the highest standards, and that includes following procedures related to the safety of fleets, drivers and shipments.

Proper loading is one of the safety measures we take very seriously at Loup. We have a team of experts available to help our carriers and customers ensure freight is properly loaded with equal distribution of weight on container floors, and that containers are properly blocked and braced for intermodal transport in accordance with AAR standards. Loup will not engage in hauling overweight or over-gross shipments, as defined by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

Maximum Gross Weight

Today, the maximum gross weight allowed in 53-foot domestic intermodal containers is 80,000 pounds. For overweight on an axle, the current DOT guidelines are as follows:

  • Steer axle (tractor) must not exceed 12,000 pounds
  • Drive axle (nose) must not exceed 34,000 pounds
  • Trailer axle (tail) must not exceed 34,000 pounds

These weight standards may vary by state. To verify applicable laws and weight limitations, visit http://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/freight/publications/brdg_frm_wghts.

The State of California (e.g. CA bridge law) also has its own unique requirements. These can be found at http://www.dot.ca.gov.

Helpful Tips

In order to prevent moving overweight containers, we ask our customers and carriers to be aware of the following:

  • If the Bill of Lading weight exceeds 42,500 pounds, the container may need to be scaled at or near the origin shipping facility.
  • A 53-foot domestic intermodal container and chassis typically weigh 3,000 to 4,000 pounds heavier than a standard aluminum over-the-road trailer.
  • All loads, including those with a sleeper berth tractor, which can weigh up to 18,500 pounds, must be within legal weight limits. All tractors used on Loup shipments must have a gross tare weight of 18,500 pounds or less.

In the event Loup identifies a moving container that exceeds the maximum weight allowance, we direct the container to the nearest facility to adjust the loading configuration of the shipment or dispatch a mobile rework facility to the container's location.

Preventing the movement of overweight containers is important for the safety of both shipments and people. Have questions? Contact us.

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