Melton Truck Lines, Inc.
USA Domestic freight services
Melton Truck Lines has been a leader in the flatbed industry for over 65 years. We operate a well-maintained fleet of late-model trucks and 53-foot air-ride, flatbed trailers that scale 48,000-pound payloads, as well as 53-foot step deck trailers that scale 46,000-pound payloads. All our trailers are California Legal. Unlike many flatbed carriers who only run regionally or in a limited geographic area, Melton operates in all 48 contiguous states, as well as Canada and Mexico.
Melton can provide you with dedicated trucks and/or trailer pools for your specific needs. Our online load tracking with optional email notifications provides up-to-the-minute status updates of your shipments. We also offer EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) and online communications for load tracking and tendering, electronic pricing and billing, invoicing, and bills of lading.
Melton has terminals staffed with operations and safety personnel in Laredo and El Paso, TX, Masury, OH, and Birmingham, AL. We have covered cargo protection facilities in Tulsa, OK, and Laredo.
Melton Truck Lines’ outstanding service has earned us recognition as a premier flatbed and step deck carrier. We hire service-oriented, over-the-road drivers that meet stringent safe driving standards. Melton has received numerous awards for services, safety, and employee and customer satisfaction.
Canada Freight Services
Melton Truck Lines is one of the largest and most experienced international flatbed and step deck carriers in North America. We are U.S. Customs bonded and handle thousands of international shipments each year.
Melton participates in ACE & CTPAT, both of which help trade and strengthen border security. We are well-versed in border crossings as well as the paperwork and processes involved in getting your freight across the border. Our goal is to make shipments into and out of Canada as effortless as a domestic load.
Our trucks and drivers cross the Canadian border and deliver your load to its destination without the delay of cross-border handoff. All of our trucks are equipped with Omnitracs, and we offer online load tracking 24-hours a day, so you can always know the status of your shipments.
Mexico Freight Services
With one of the longest histories of international through-trailer service among all United States carriers, border crossings are a routine business at Melton Truck Lines. Over 30% of our business crosses the U.S. and Mexican borders. Melton has demonstrated its superiority in cross-border operations expertise and the ability to deliver products on time and damage-free.
Through-trailer service to and from Mexico: Our through-trailer service keeps our customer’s cargo on the same trailer, speeding up border crossing, reducing cost, and minimizing risk of cargo damage. Our customers can track their own shipments into and out of Mexico via our website, which includes information fields updated by our Mexican carriers.
Melton’s high-quality service standards are upheld by maintaining long-term associations with Mexican carriers. Our customers can depend on the experience we have built working with the most respectful Mexican carriers, customs brokers, and freight forwarders. For our customers’ who are new to selling products in Mexico and Canada we can help with packaging, export documentation, and the selection of a customs broker or freight forwarder.
Thousands of truckloads per day currently cross the Laredo, TX border. The majority of Melton Truck Lines trailers moving freight for our customers use this particular port. Our cargo protection facility (CPF) at our Laredo terminal holds 20 trailers under one roof and serves as a protected holding area for cargo in transit. The other ports we provide service through include Calexico, CA.; Nogales, AZ; McAllen, Brownsville, Eagle Pass, and El Paso, TX.
Over dimensional freight services
What is Over Dimensional Freight?
Over-Dimensional, or “OD” freight, is any product that exceeds one or more of the standard legal-size criteria implemented by each state.
Melton Truck Lines has a team of experts in our over-dimensional department that ease load routings, get permits, streamline guidance, and other special requirements. We are a full-service flatbed and step deck carrier, offering both legal and over-dimensional loads to best meet our customers’ shipping needs.
Melton Size Limits for Over-Dimensional Loads:
Melton flatbeds can load up to 65-foot long material, but the load must be under 38,000-pounds to scale legally and must be self-supporting material.
When the size of the load exceeds one or more of these limits, it is over-dimensional. At any time, if a load exceeds 8-feet, 6-inches width, it is considered over-dimensional in every state. Every state has different length limits for combination vehicles, so Melton’s over-dimensional department takes extra care to ensure our unique load is routed and permitted correctly.
Is my load eligible for a permit?
For a load to be eligible to operate under a permit, it must be a “non-divisible” load. This means that the freight must be one solid piece that cannot be easily disassembled and made into smaller pieces that will fit within the legal-size limits of the trailer. If a load is over 8-feet, 6-inches in width, it must be one piece that cannot be altered to fit within the legal size limits.
Multiple pieces placed side-by-side is considered a “divisible” load and must be made legal; however, this does not mean that we cannot take over-dimensional freight that is in multiple pieces. As long as the piece(s) causing the load to be over-dimensional fit within the definition of a “non-divisible” load, we can take it.
Please contact our Special Services Coordinators, Hannah Ashley at 918-270-9657 or [email protected], or Erica Ty at 918-270-9677 or [email protected], with any questions or concerns you have about OD freight.