Florida is an internationally-renowned tourist hub and the 4th largest economy in the United States. The Sunshine State is renowned for international cruise travel and shipping. The biggest industries in Florida are tourism, shipping, agriculture, aerospace/aviation, and technology. Only the states of California, Texas and New York surpass Florida with its massive $1.1 trillion GDP.
Florida exports a broad range of industries ranging from aircraft, engines, vehicle parts, computers, motor vehicles, and precious metals. The state also has a large seafood industry and exports forestry products including oil and gas. Freedom Heavy Haul can help you move your machinery in all of Florida state and facilitate international shipments.Β
Florida Export EconomyΒ
Florida is one of the biggest export states in the US and the state serves as a shipping gateway for trade for North America including Latin America and the Caribbean. 20% of all US exports to Latin America are shipped out of Florida, making it the ideal location to ship your product internationally. Freedom Heavy Haul can help streamline your Florida-based shipping operation and ensure your shipment arrives on time.Β Β
The convenient geographic location and the proximity of Floridian cities makes it a top destination for cargo exports and international shipping. Even small companies thrive in Florida.Β The Sunshine State exports over $60B of total merchandise to the US. In terms of international exports, Florida is the #8th biggest exporter, comprising nearly 4% of all US GDP for international exports. At the peak economic output in 2018, Florida’s export economy comprised nearly 5% of all US international exports.Β
Florida has large ports that move hundreds of millions of tons of cargo annually. Florida is the largest hub for all cruise liners in the United States, holding a key geographic location and presenting a gateway for travel to the Caribbean, South America, and Europe. The ports in Florida handle hundreds of millions of tons of cargo annually and some of them are used by the military. The following is a list of the largest ports located in the state of Florida:
Florida Major Cities And Highways:
The Florida Department of Transportation (short: FDOT) owns all highways in the state of Florida – and is responsible for maintaining them. Florida has 4 main interstate highways and 8 auxiliary highways (with the 9th one under construction). The total highway network in Florida is 1,497 miles (2,410 kilometers). Florida’s longest highway is the interstate I-75 which extends over 470 miles and the shortest is I-385 in Miami with only 1.292 miles.
The major cities in Florida are all interconnected via the primary Interstate Highways. Interstate highways are responsible for facilitating travel between Florida cities and neighboring states. The I-75 serves the Gulf State towns while the I-95 runs on the Atlantic coastline and connects Miami to Jacksonville. The I-10 starts at Jacksonville and transverses the FL panhandle westward. I-4 crosses mid-Florida between Tampa and Orlando.
Largest Metro Areas In Florida (by population size):
Length, Weight, Height, and Width Restrictions In Florida
Florida State governs all truck operations and imposes limits on the height, weight, length, and width of trucks allowed on the road. Permits are required for all oversized shipments. The regulations are put in place to protect Florida citizens and reduce the risk of accidents involving large transport trucks. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (short FMCSA) governs commercial trucks in the state. The laws are enforced by the Florida Highway Patrol Office of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement (OVCE).
Commercial trucks in Florida must not surpass 102″ in width. If a truck is over 96″ wide it may face scrutiny on public roads and it’s not recommended to drive on most roads. Such trucks have to be handled separately and driven on highways that have lanes equal to 12 ft. or more in width in both directions in order to facilitate safe movement. Note: The width does not include side accessories/safety devices and mirrors.
Warning: If the state of Florida deems your truck “oversize” and you don’t hold a valid oversize permit, you could be fined thousands of dollars. Oversize penalties apply for violations regarding height, length, width or total weight. The hauling company may be fined $0.05 per pound for all weight above the legal limit of 80,000 lbs per vehicle. In order to move the vehicle in a safe manner, state authorities can issue a temporary oversize limit.
Oversize Transport Permits In Florida
Oversize permits are issued to move a vehicle from a single point of departure to a destination. In Florida, the average permit allows hauling companies up to 10 days from the date of issuance to make the trip. In certain exceptions, blanket permits may be granted that serve for a 12 month period.
DIMENSIONS IN FLORIDA
ROUTINE PERMIT LIMITS IN FLORIDA
SUPER LOAD CONSIDERATIONS IN FLORIDA
If the truck weight exceeds the maximum oversize permit of 160,000 lbs and if any of the other dimensions exceed the maximums – they have to be accounted for as βSuper Loadsβ.
Equipment Auction Houses in Florida
Freedom Heavy Haul helps clients ship heavy machinery and equipment from any auction house in the state of Florida. The most well-known auction houses in the Sunshine State include:
Equipment Rental Centers in FloridaΒ
If your equipment is located at a rental center in Florida, give us a call and we’ll help you transport it to a destination of choice. The biggest equipment rental centers in Florida include:
RGN Trailers Servicing in FloridaΒ
If your RNG trailer is in need of servicing, you should only allow an experienced servicing company with a long track record and reputation in the maintenance business. The following are the top RGN trailer servicing companies in Florida:Β