How FMCSA Regulations Affect Lumber Banding

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What Exactly are the FMCSA Regulations?

As you may or may not know, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has adopted specific load securement regulations for a number of different types of commodities.  Some of these commodities include metal coils; paper rolls; intermodal containers; concrete pipe; light trucks automobiles, and vans, heavy vehicles, machinery and equipment; roll-on/roll-off containers; flattened or crushed vehicles; large boulders – and of course dressed lumber and logs.

Through various public meetings, it was discovered that the enforcement agencies and the industries disagreed a great deal about how to properly secure these types of commodities.

However, regulations regarding log transport are applicable to almost all types of log transportation except for the following:

(1)    Logs that are bundled with banding or strapping can be transported according to general US cargo securement regulations.

(2)   Loads that contain one to four processed logs can be transported according to general US load securement regulations.

(3)   Log debris, stumps, firewood,  and other shorter logs are subject to containerization – located in a strong, closed container and/or inside a vehicle.  In addition, longer logs may be transported in a closed container or in a vehicle.

393.118 – Dressed Lumber and Similar Building Products

The rules in this section apply to the transportation of bundles of dressed lumber, packaged lumber, building products such as plywood, gypsum board or other materials of similar shape. Lumber or building products that are not bundled or packaged must be treated as loose items and transported in accordance with the general cargo securement rules. For the purpose of this section, the term ” bundle ” refers to packages of lumber, building materials or similar products which are unitized for securement as a single article of cargo.

Redback Industries specializes in lumber banding and containerization – we can help you in securing heavy or irregular shaped loads inside of containers and rail cars, as well as onto vessels, barges and flat rack containers.  Find out more at www.redback.com.

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