6770 Buford Highway NE
Atlanta, GA 30340
BWD Shipping Guide
Shipping hardwood lumber via flatbed is a GREAT option, for several reasons. While the cost of shipping via Flatbed is usually more expensive than LTL, there are several very distinct advantages of having the materials shipped this way.
- 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.
- 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.
Local Deliveries (Greater Atlanta Area)
- A customer representative must be on-site to unload the delivery
- 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.
- Deliveries are most often made on 24’ flatbed or box trucks. Maneuverability may be limited. Please make reasonable considerations regarding accessibility.