What is Considered Specialized Freight?

specialized-freightNot all cargo is created equal. In other words, not all shipments deserve the same level of treatment. Smaller products and parcels simply don’t call for the same shipping accommodations as delicate medical equipment, electronics, or machinery, for example.

In the logistics world, cargo with unique needs is referred to as “specialized freight.” It’s an umbrella term for high-value and delicate cargo that requires white-glove care for safe and secure transportation. It also refers to oversized cargo, heat-sensitive goods, and other items that pose additional shipping needs. 

To overcome these unique challenges, specialty freight shippers such as Pyramid Logistics employ a range of tools and methods to keep costly cargo intact and delivered on time. In fact, we’ve been doing so for 25 years, for some of the world’s most renowned brands. Just recently, the Pyramid team helped Harley-Davidson transport over 50 motorcycles to their Homecoming Festival in Milwaukee, WI, with the load totaling $800,000. 

Learn more about the types of items that are considered “specialized freight” and why they deserve a more thorough shipping approach.


Types of Specialized Freight

High-Value Items

Specialized freight services are most commonly employed when the cargo at hand is high in value, expensive to replace, or outright irreplaceable. 

Costly medical equipment, for example, requires special handling to protect against damage during loading, transport, and unloading. Sensitive electronics and prototypes are common examples as well, alongside jewelry and artwork that can easily scuff or tear. The high price tag or rarity of these items calls for a white glove level of care that isn’t offered with traditional shipping methods. 


Oversized Cargo

Oversized freight is another area that calls for specialized services. Massive machinery, industrial equipment, and awkwardly shaped items require certain accommodations to bear the weight and pack cargo efficiently. From measured loading and strapping to custom wheel chocks for extra weight bearing, unique needs call for unique solutions. 


Heat-Sensitive Goods

Some items will damage or perish with heat and require temperature-controlled conditions to preserve quality. You may be shipping pharmaceuticals, chemicals, food, or plants, for example, all of which can see damage without the right precautions. To accommodate these needs, specialized freight providers such as Pyramid Logistics have advanced climate-controlled trucks that will keep your delicate shipment intact. 


Oddly-Shaped Freight

Irregularly shaped cargo is another obstacle that specialized freight solutions can address.  Maybe you’re shipping a vehicle or a large turbine that doesn’t fit naturally into freight trucks. Unusual freight dimensions, or asymmetry, can be answered with custom tie-downs, strapping, and strategic packing methods. More extreme measures can be taken as well, such as custom-fabricated trucks and trailers that meet specific cargo needs.


Characteristics of Specialized Freight

The common thread among specialized freight is the need for extra care and handling, among a few other signifiers. If your cargo poses any of the following needs, it may be time to consult a specialized freight provider that can ensure a safe and sound delivery:

  • Requires special handling equipment and procedures
  • Often requires climate-controlled environments
  • May pose restrictions on modes of transportation
  • Needs specially-trained drivers and handlers
  • More expensive to transport than general freight
  • Calls for detailed documentation and declarations

High value, temperature sensitivity, large size, and irregular shapes all warrant a white glove approach, as these needs won’t be met with a general freight provider. By choosing a partner with niche experience in shipping specialty freight, such as Pyramid Logistics, you can rest easy knowing that your precious cargo is in the right hands. 


Partner with Pyramid for Specialized Freight Solutions 

Are your fragile medical devices, electronics, or machinery posing shipping challenges? You may need specialized freight solutions that go beyond traditional shipping offerings. To ensure your costly items make it to their destination without a scratch, it’s important to find a logistics partner with plenty of skin in the game. 

Enter Pyramid Logistics, a team of shipping specialists with over 25 years of experience helping businesses transport their most treasured cargo. We’ve supported many of the country’s most recognizable brands, such as Canon Medical and Blizzard Entertainment. Visit our Specialty Freight page to see how we tend to the additional needs of delicate, high-value cargo.

Located in Los Angeles, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada, Pyramid Logistics is equipped to deliver warehousing and logistics services near our facilities and nationwide. If you’d like to learn more about partnering with us, request a consultation by filling out a form on our website.