Brazilian Wood Depot
6770 Buford Highway NE
Atlanta, GA 30340
BWD Shipping Guide
Shipping hardwood lumber via Hotshot is a GREAT option, for several reasons. While the cost of shipping via Hotshot is usually more expensive than LTL, there are several very distinct advantages of having the materials shipped this way. The Hotshot market consists largely of 30′ Gooseneck trailers that are pulled behind pick up trucks. The market also offers utility vans, box trucks, full-sized semis, and partial loads. Our goal is to match the vehicle-type most appropriate for your load, the accessibility of the destination, and cost-effectiveness.
- Damage– Unlike LTL carriers, the materials never leave the trailer until it arrives at its destination. This eliminates any possibility of damage during LTL terminal transfers. This advantage cannot be overstated. For this reason, these orders are NOT crated. Unless in a box truck, they will be banded AND tarped.
- Maneuverability– Depending on the size and weight capacity of the trailer, these trucks often have better maneuverability than full-sized LTL vans.
- Weight Capacity– Flatbeds have the ability to scale weights much greater than LTL shipments. Some orders require the use of flabeds, based on the length and weight of the order.
- Weight Flexibility– Unlike LTL shipping, we have more flexibility in how we palletize the materials. For instance, if the customer will have unloading equipment (Forklift/lull/etc..) on-site at the time of delivery and the equipment is rated for 2000-2500 lbs, we can palletize the materials in smaller bundles that can be handled by the equipment. This is a very important advantage for larger orders.
- Trackability– Flatbed shipments have much more direct lanes to the customer. Customers have access to the logistics professional we contract. These providers have direct contact with the drivers and therefore, the ability to provide more accurate updates and ETAs.
- Speed– LTL carriers move parcels from terminal to terminal, on the way to their destination. Flatbeds are MUCH faster! They either make their drops the same day or the next day, in most cases.
Since Flatbed shipments remain on the truck until they arrive at their destination, crating is not necessary. Ask us about flatbed delivery options for your order. Very often, if full-length boards are required, we will insist that a flatbed is used for the delivery. Most often, hardware will be shipped on the Flatbed Truck, with lumber materials. Again, customers are responsible for unloading their deliveries.
What You Need to Know About Hotshot Deliveries
Local deliveries are made by trusted 3rd party delivery groups. Most often, they are made in 20′ – 24′ box trucks. Sometimes, size permitting, they are made in smaller vehicles like short box trucks and utility vans. DRIVERS ARE NEVER PERMITTED TO UNLOAD AND ARE NOT EQUIPPED WITH UNLOADING EQUIPMENT. We try to execute all deliveries before lunchtime unless specified otherwise.
What you Need to Know About Local Deliveries (Greater/Metro Atlanta Area)
- Deliveries are usually made on 20′-24’ box trucks. Maneuverability may be limited. Please make reasonable considerations regarding accessibility. Flatbed/trailer deliveries are easier for unloading with equipment. Please let us know if you plan on unloading with forklift/tractor/lull/etc…
- CUSTOMERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR UNLOADING. DRIVERS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO HELP AND WILL NOT BE EQUIPPED WITH UNLOADING EQUIPMENT.
- Drivers are contracted by BWD and expect to remain onsite for offloading for no longer than 1 hour. Please unload in a timely manner. Most orders can be unloaded in less than 30 minutes with 2 or 3 individuals.
- A customer representative must be on-site to unload and confirm the materials are delivered, as ordered.
- Third-party courier services are utilized. The drivers are not permitted to unload materials.
- If no representative is on-site at time of delivery, materials will be returned to BWD, and the customer will incur an additional delivery fee.
- Drivers DO NOT return to BWD. Exchanges or returns CANNOT be put on the delivery trucks!!! The customer must facilitate the materials back to BWD warehouse unless specified otherwise.