Shipping Hay via LTL Freight Shipping Services

An illustration depicting a truck picking up hay at a farm

Not all cargo is the same. There is the standard, frequently shipped items such as crated engines, and palletized stacks of boxes containing dry food or electronics. On the other hand, there are the less common, trickier to move commodities such as artwork and hay. 

It’s not that anybody would outright refuse to ship such items, but they do require special care and attention. Below, we’re going to focus on the specific requirements when shipping hay. In fact, we will mostly focus on the packaging aspect of preparing your shipment of hay for transportation. 

Before we get into the packaging, let us first define what exactly classifies as hay.

Two stacks of compacted hay and a stack of loose hay

Hay is defined as plants that have been cut, dried, and stored such as grass or legumes. It is used for (although not limited to) feeding livestock when not enough pasture is available

The first and simplest thing you need to remember when shipping hay via LTL is that you cannot simply throw it onto the truck. Depending on the carrier and the truck you’re renting, you may be able to do this if you’re shipping a full truckload (FTL) of cargo.

In order to be accepted by the carrier when shipping smaller quantities (LTL), your shipment needs to be palletized or crated and shrinkwrapped so that no hay (or as little as possible) can fall out of the packaging. Your hay must also not be loose, damp, wet, or contaminated with oil in order to be accepted. If any of these factors apply to your shipment, it must be stated prior to the pickup as this may mean your shipment is considered as hazardous materials (hazmat).

In short, if the hay you are shipping can damage containers or might spontaneously combust, carriers may refuse to ship it.

Next, let’s turn to the shrinkwrapping that we mentioned earlier. Make sure to use plenty of it so as to be sure nothing is falling out of your shipment. 

Just like most of us don’t appreciate muddy shoes in our houses, carriers don’t appreciate debris in their trucks either. 

Luckily, your shipment isn’t what we, in the industry, call fragile so there won’t be any additional padding required.

When it comes to LTL shipping, there are specific requirements that every shipment needs to meet. That means that in addition to proper packaging, your cargo needs to have the Bill of Lading (BOL) ready and a shipping label attached to the shipment itself.

For more information on the BOL, shipping labels, and how to use them, please visit our help center and learn more about what a BOL is here. 

To recap

Make sure that your shipment is palletized, marked with the appropriate paperwork and that it is not prone to combustion. Once you’ve done that, make sure that it is non-sparingly shrinkwrapped and you’re good to go. If your shipment meets these criteria, the carrier will gladly pick it up and have it delivered.

And the last, and possibly most reliable tip for having your shipment delivered with as few issues as possible is to ship with Freightera. That way you can get freight quotes instantly and be backed up by excellent customer service all the way through.

Happy shipping!

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