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Flatbed shipping is transportation for cargo that may not require the enclosure of a dry van, cannot be loaded or unloaded from a dock or does not fit within the dimensions of standard truck trailers. A flatbed’s design allows for cranes and forklifts to load goods from all angles.

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Step Decks

A step deck trailer is a trailer designed specifically for tall freight, hence the lower deck. With a step deck, the maximum height of freight becomes 10’2”, instead of the regular 8’6” on traditional flatbeds. When combined with ramps, the lower deck of a step deck allows for transport of vehicles, farming equipment, or construction equipment.

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Conestoga Trailers

A Conestoga trailer is one of the most versatile types of trailers available. It is a flatbed trailer, but with an accordion-style tarping system that simply pulls over the freight. So, you get the ease of freight loading that a flatbed provides with the load protection provided by the cover.

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Hotshots are the name given to short flatbed goose-neck trailers pulled by medium-duty trucks. These trailers vary, ranging from 15ft to 40ft in length, and have a maximum cargo capacity of 18,000 lbs.  Like step decks, these trailers can also be used in vehicle transport when combined with ramps.  Hotshots are also far better for navigating small roads and tight locations.

Terms of Service

All shipments tendered to Innovative Worldwide Logistics, Inc. are subject to the company’s Terms of Service Agreement unless agreed to otherwise in writing.

What Is a Freight Broker?

Legal Definition

Broker means a person who, for compensation, arranges, or offers to arrange, the transportation of property by an authorized motor carrier. Motor carriers, or persons who are employees or bona fide agents of carriers, are not brokers within the meaning of this section when they arrange or offer to arrange the transportation of shipments which they are authorized to transport and which they have accepted and legally bound themselves to transport.

CFR: Title 49: Transportation – PART 371 – Brokers of Property

General Definition

A freight broker is an individual or company that serves as a liaison between another individual or company that needs shipping services and an authorized motor carrier. Though a freight broker plays an important role in the movement of cargo, the broker doesn’t function as a shipper or a carrier. Instead, a freight broker works to determine the needs of a shipper and connects that shipper with a carrier willing to transport the items at an acceptable price.

To operate as a freight broker, a business or individual must obtain a license from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Freight brokers are required to carry surety bonds as well.

Freight broker services are valuable to both shippers and motor carriers. Freight brokers help shippers find reliable carriers that might otherwise be difficult to locate. They assist motor carriers in filling their trucks and earning money for transporting a wide variety of items. For their efforts, freight brokers earn commissions.

Freight brokers use their knowledge of the shipping industry and technological resources to help shippers and carriers accomplish their goals. Many companies find the services provided by freight brokers indispensable. In fact, some companies hire brokers to coordinate all of their shipping needs.

Often, freight brokers are confused with forwarders. Though a freight forwarder performs some of the same tasks as a freight broker, the two are not the same. A forwarder takes possession of the items being shipped, consolidates smaller shipments, and arranges for the transportation of the consolidated shipments. By contrast, a freight broker never takes possession of items being shipped thus in the absence of negligent entrustment, a freight broker is not normally involved as a party litigant in a cargo claim dispute, although as an accommodation, the freight broker may assist the shipper at their request and expense with filing freight claims.

Service Restrictions

Innovative does not handle the following types of shipments:

Terms of Service

All shipments tendered to Innovative Worldwide Logistics, Inc. are subject to the company’s Terms of Service Agreement unless agreed to otherwise in writing.