At Satellite Specialized Transportation, we are a full-service transportation and logistics company armed with over 25 years of experience in the truck freight transportation industry. In addition to specializing in flatbed shipping, oversized loads, power-only, and less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping, we offer a wide range of other shipping capabilities, including dry van shipping.
Dry van shipping is one of the most popular methods of shipping freight. It is used to ship non-perishable goods—loose or on pallets—that do not require the use of a temperature-controlled or flatbed trailer during transit.
Dry vans, unlike shipping containers, are connected directly to the transportation vehicle rather than loaded onto a flatbed. As such, this shipping method is not suitable for freight that requires air or water transit since the cargo will need to be transferred to another shipping platform. For cargo that is not temperature-sensitive or oversized and is transported over land, however, it sees widespread use due to its versatility and availability.
Compared to other freight shipping methods, dry van shipping offers several advantages to manufacturers, distributors, and shipping companies, including:
Standard dry vans are 53 feet in length. However, they also come in a variety of other sizes to handle different cargo demands and make shipping more affordable and environmentally friendly. For example, smaller shipments are more suitable for shorter trailers, which take up less road space and require less fuel to get the job done.
The dimensions of commonly available dry vans are outlined below.
Companies across a wide range of industries employ dry van shipping to deliver and distribute their products. Some of the industries that commonly use the shipping method include:
These industries, among others, benefit from using dry van shipping to transport high volumes of non-perishable goods at a cost-effective price. As these goods are pre-packaged and shelf-stable, companies can safely send them to distribution centers, stores, and other destinations without worrying about product degradation.
When deciding whether dry van shipping is appropriate for the transportation of goods, the first step is determining whether the products require special accommodations during transit, such as a temperature-controlled environment or flatbed. If the goods are non-perishable and not oversized, dry van shipping may be appropriate.
Once the dry van shipping method has been selected, the next step is contacting a shipping company. Whether it is a one-time shipment or a regular occurrence, the company should be able to arrange the right method—e.g., full truckload or less-than-truckload—to accommodate the shipment at the best possible price.
Some of the factors that may affect the final shipping cost are:
Dry van shipping is a versatile shipping method used for the delivery and distribution of a wide range of non-perishable, non-oversized goods. Depending on the load requirements, shipping companies may use a variety of dry van sizes to achieve better cost-efficiency.
At Satellite Specialized Transportation, we are well-versed in dry van shipping operations. Our extensive experience as a freight broker makes us the ideal partner for all transportation needs.