Dry Bulk Trucking 10 Key points you MUST Know


You’ve been asking yourself what dry bulk trucking is? What do dry bulk services include and what are the main key points that you need to know in order to enter in this specialized industry?


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Well, I will start with the dry bulk trucking companies. The trucking companies that are part of the trucking industry in the USA, and are providing dry bulk services have specialized in the transportation process of dry materials.

In general, dry bulk trucking companies are transporting large quantities of dry materials/products; the main reason why many manufacturers/customers are choosing dry bulk trucking is exactly for that.

Thereupon, the main duties of dry bulk truck drivers are to transport:

  • Finely granulated goods;
  • Dry goods;
  • Other pourable goods;

Furthermore, in this article, you will have the chance to learn and find out more about this specialized type of trucking.

So, here are the 10 dry bulk trucking key points that everyone who is part of the trucking industry MUST know!

Dry Bulk Trucking Key Point No. 1: Safety

Dry bulk trucking is constantly expanding in the USA. Thereupon, the trucking companies that have adopted this type of load transportation as part of their services, shall perform a very careful training to their truck drivers, while informing them about all rules and regulations.

Following the rules and regulations that are issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration FMCSA for dry bulk carriers, can lead to a better safety. In fact, better safety can be considered as dry bulk trucking key point number one.

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Source: www.apps.superior-carriers.com

If we take a closer look at the rules and regulations that apply to dry bulk trucking, we can see that there are not that strict rules like there are for hazmat material transportation, but still, each truck driver that is part of dry bulk trucking must follow them.

The range of goods that dry bulk trucking companies are transporting varies a lot. In that point of view, each type of good requires a different amount of safety measures. In general, dry bulk trucks are performing transportation of raw materials/products.

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Moreover, the most common dry bulk freight includes:

  • Cement;
  • Coarse materials;
  • Sand;
  • Food;

As I mentioned, the best trucking companies achieve better safety rating by following the rules and regulations,  Still, I must not forget to mention the hygiene of the trailer, especially of the ones that are transporting food. That is to say, if a truck driver pays attention to wash the trailer properly, straight proportionally he will contribute to a safer dry bulk trucking.

What else contributes in a great measure to the safety of dry bulk trucking is trucks’ equipment. Each dry bulk truck shall have a well-maintained dry bulk equipment.

Dry Bulk Trucking Key Point No. 2: Solutions

Starting a specialized dry bulk trucking company is not an easy step to take. But once you go in that direction you must know that in general most dry bulk trucking companies are offering solutions that expand much further than the regular dry bulk services.

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Source: www.drybulktrucking.com

So, let’s take a look at what those services include:

1. Logistics

Logistics and materials management services are the links that hold the supply chain together;

2. Material Handling

Materials handling is critical to ensuring the reliability of the supply chain. Therefore each solution is inter-connected;

3. Transportation

Mobility is one of the most fundamental and important characteristics of each trucking company;

4. Technology

A proper integration of the software and hardware at the same time can help to reduce overhead costs;

Dry Bulk Trucking Key Point No. 3: Industries Dry Bulk Trucking Companies  Are Serving

As we already know the trucking industry in the USA is constantly growing. In like manner is dry bulk trucking.

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Source: www.lclbulk.com

Henceforth, dry bulk trucking companies are achieving a continual growth thanks to the industries that these companies are serving. It has been noticed that in the last 5 years dry bulk trucking companies have widened the range of the services that they are providing.

Well, which are more precisely the industries that dry bulk trucking companies are serving? Let’s see:

  1. Oil Refining
  2. Agriculture
  3. Construction
  4. Energy
  5. Manufacturing
  6. Mining

Dry Bulk Trucking Key Point No. 4: Achieving Bigger Profitability

As I mentioned in the previous sub-heading dry bulk trucking companies are serving numerous industries. These companies are constantly developing and implementing new technologies that can allow them to serve even more industries. All that with a single purpose- to achieve bigger profitability.

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For example, if you have already incorporated a trucking company that is specialized in providing dry-bulk trucking services, then the best choice for you would be to maintain your trailers in an impeccable condition. By doing so your truck drivers will be able to perform a safe load transportation, which will result in attracting new customers.


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Also, by implementing new technologies, and installing new gadgets, you will improve the work of truck drivers. That will also result in achieving bigger profitability because their efficiency will be improved thanks to the technology gadgets.

Dry Bulk Trucking Key Point No. 5: Do’s and Don’ts

In the same manner like the other types of goods transportation, dry bulk trucking has do’s and don’ts as well. So, before starting to operate with a dry bulk truck you shall be aware of the following things that I will provide for you.

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Source: www.siouxlandtrailersales.com

First of all, I would like to start with the weight regulations. Remember that each state has set different weight regulations, on different highways. So, what you will have to do is to get informed about the rules and regulations, as well you will have to ensure maximum payload.

Later on, the specifications of the trailers are important as well. If you are starting a dry bulk trucking company, then you should pay attention to the specification of the dry bulk trailer before buying it. Dependently on the area that you want to specialize your dry bulk trucking business, you will have to make the final decision, and see what type of trailer specification is perfect for you.



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