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Hazmat Trucking Companies: A Guide

Transporting hazardous materials is a specialized logistics niche. Hazmat trucking companies  hold specific licenses to operate in particular states and have drivers that are expertly trained to transport each of the types of hazardous materials listed below. They also utilize specific equipment that’s designed for each kind of material being transported.

For example, a company may use special temperature-controlled trailers to transport liquefied gases, such as liquid oxygen, which must be kept at very cold temperatures. Or, they may use specially insulated containers to transport flammable solids, such as lithium, which can cause fires from contact with moisture. Many hazardous substances must be kept within a limited temperature range and demand special equipment and/or containers during transport, which these companies possess and supply.

Categories of Hazardous Materials

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has nine classes of hazardous materials (hazmat) based on the type of hazard they pose. These classes, some respective examples, and their shipping requirements are as follows:

Class 1: Explosives

Explosive materials can cause significant damage and injury if they detonate. Examples include fireworks, dynamite, and blasting agents. The requirements for shipment of explosives depend on the quantity and type of explosive.

Class 2: Gases

This class covers materials that are stored in a gaseous state under pressure, including compressed gases, liquefied gases, and dissolved gases. Examples include propane, oxygen, and nitrogen. Shipment requirements for gases depend on the type of gas and the amount being shipped.

Class 3: Flammable Liquids

Flammable liquids have a flashpoint below 100 degrees Fahrenheit and can ignite and burn easily. Examples include gasoline, diesel fuel, and alcohol. Flammable liquids must be shipped in approved containers and may have additional packaging requirements.

Class 4: Flammable Solids

Flammable solids are readily combustible and can cause fires through friction, impact, or contact with moisture. Examples include matches, nitrocellulose, and certain types of metal powders. Flammable solids must be shipped in approved containers and may require additional packaging.

Class 5: Oxidizers and Organic Peroxides

Oxidizers and organic peroxides are materials that can cause or promote combustion in other materials or increase the intensity of a fire. Examples include hydrogen peroxide, ammonium nitrate, and potassium chlorate. Oxidizers and organic peroxides must be shipped in approved containers and may have additional packaging requirements.

Class 6: Toxic and Infectious Substances

Toxic and infectious substances are materials that can cause harm to human health or the environment, including chemicals, biological agents, and medical waste. Examples include pesticides, infectious substances, and mercury. Shipment requirements for toxic and infectious substances depend on the type of substance and the amount being shipped.

Class 7: Radioactive Materials

Radioactive materials emit ionizing radiation. Examples include uranium, plutonium, and radioactive medical isotopes. Radioactive materials must be shipped in approved containers and may have additional packaging and labeling requirements.

Class 8: Corrosives

Corrosives are materials that can cause damage to living tissue or other materials through a chemical reaction. Examples include sulfuric acid, hydrochloric acid, and sodium hydroxide. Corrosives must be shipped in approved containers and may require additional packaging.

Class 9: Miscellaneous Hazardous Materials

Miscellaneous hazardous materials pose a danger but do not fit into any of the other categories. Examples include lithium batteries, asbestos, and dry ice. Shipment requirements for miscellaneous hazardous materials depend on the type of material and the amount being shipped.

The Top 15 Hazardous Materials Trucking Companies in the U.S.

The following are the top 15 hazardous materials trucking companies in the United States, with their names, websites, number of years in business, the geographical areas they serve, the types of loads they handle and/or the equipment they use, as well as excerpts of some Google or Yelp reviews about them:

1. Boyle Transportation

Website: www.boyletransport.com

52 Years in Business

Serves the 48 Contiguous United States and Canada

Boyle Transportation transports highly hazardous materials and security-sensitive cargo with validated temperature control.

‚Äú[Boyle Transportation has] 47 years experience concentrating on Life Science Cold Chain transportation as well as high-security Department Of Defense transportation across the USA and Canada. Boyle Transportation, for multiple years, has been in the Top 10 Best Fleet to drive for and work for. Boyle Transport also won the grand prize in the National Fleet Safety Award small carrier category.‚ÄĚ

2. Hazmat Environmental Group

Website: www.hazmatinc.com

39 Years in Business

Serves the 48 Contiguous United States and Canada

Hazmat Environmental Group provides hazardous, non-hazardous, and less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation using tank trailers, vacuum trailers, roll-offs, truckloads, and LTL vans. The Group has more than 150 tractors and over 300 trailers in its fleet.

‚ÄúClean, professional, top-notch‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúGreat people to work with‚ÄĚ

3. Bennett International Group

Website: www.bennettig.com

49 Years in Business

Serves North America

Bennett International Group provides transportation for sensitive hazardous materials, including explosives, arms, and ammunition. Bennett also provides general freight, heavy haul, oversized, and manufactured home transport.

‚ÄúShippers gain a competitive edge thanks to the innovative solutions and partnership approach provided by the Bennett Family of Companies. Bennett consistently identifies and shares ways to reduce the total cost of logistics ownership while keeping customer service to the end customer at the highest levels.‚ÄĚ

4. Cast Transportation

Website: https://www.casttrans.com

75 Years in Business

Serves the 48 Contiguous United States

Cast Transportation has a fleet of more than 100 Kenworth tractors with a combination of OTR and Day cabs and provides hazardous material load transportation, including transportation of radioactive and nuclear material. The company also provides flatbed, heavy haul, oversized, and transload transportation.

‚ÄúGreat back-office support team for OTR drivers covering all 48 continental US States. Dispatch, shop personnel, safety, all the way to the top management are committed to excellence.‚ÄĚ

5. Schiber Transportation

Website: www.schiber.com

69 Years in Business

Serves the 48 Contiguous United States

Schiber Transportation provides transportation of hazardous materials, as well as hazardous waste. The fleet of Schiber Transportation comprises aluminum, mild steel, stainless steel and composite tank trailers; DOT MC-406/306, MC-407/307, MC-412/312 Exempt and Non-Coded trailers; vacuum tanker trucks; agitated tank trailers; insulated tank trailers; steam jacketed trailers; molten sulfur trailers; end dump trailers; specialized tank trailers; and Liftgate van trailers with secondary containment, among other specialized equipment.

‚ÄúSchiber Truck Company personnel are specialists in handling hazardous materials. Drivers participate in extensive DOT, EPA, and OSHA training and receive ongoing training to ensure safety and regulatory compliance. Customer service representatives are available 24 hours a day.‚ÄĚ

6. Rinchem

Website: www.rinchem.com

48 Years in Business

Serves the 48 Contiguous United States

Rinchem provides transportation for billions of pounds of chemical, hazardous, and non-hazardous materials every year with its fleet of temperature-controlled, hazmat-customized trucks and trailers.

‚ÄúFast unloading, 1-2-3‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúExcellent company! Excellent people!‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúSuper fast unloading‚Ķ very nice guys‚ÄĚ

7. Pinnacle Freight

Website: www.pinnacletruck.com

30 Years in Business

Serves the 48 Contiguous United States

Pinnacle Freight offers a customized LTL program that’s specially designed for the proper handling and care of hazardous products, including flammable, combustible, and corrosive materials. Freeze protection is provided when necessary. Pinnacle Freight’s fleet consists of 2012 Great Dane trailers, all of which utilize 2012 Thermo King reefer units.

‚ÄúThroughout the whole process, I was extremely impressed with their professionalism. Their frequent updates and the quickness they responded to my overbearing amount of questions were very reassuring and showed they cared about my business. This was the first time I used their service, and they will now be my primary contact for freight. I would highly recommend them without hesitation.‚ÄĚ

8. Buchheit Logistics

Website: https://www.buchheitlogistics.com

89 Years in Business

Serves the 48 Contiguous United States and Parts of Canada

Buchheit Logistics provides transportation for hazardous materials, raw materials, refuse, recyclables, and finished goods in its fleet of late-model trucks and trailers.

‚ÄúThe staff were super friendly, and they work with you to meet your needs.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúFirst-time delivery, very helpful with procedures; it was very professional.‚ÄĚ

9. Titan Worldwide

Website: www.titanww.com

13 Years in Business

Serves the 48 Contiguous United States, Canada, and Mexico

Titan Worldwide provides full truckload and LTL transportation of hazardous materials, including flammable gases, radioactive materials, and chemicals. Titan Worldwide also offers heavy equipment, vehicle, and oversize load transport.

‚ÄúTitan Worldwide Logistics was a pleasure to do business with. They checked all the boxes, competitive price, quality service, and most of all, they communicated thoroughly‚Ķ I definitely recommend their services!‚ÄĚ

10. Logistics Group International

Website: www.lgiinc.com

21 Years in Business

Serves North America

Logistics Group International provides transportation for hazardous materials, including explosives, gases, flammable liquids, flammable solids, organic peroxides and oxidizing substances, toxic and infectious substances, radioactive material, corrosives, and miscellaneous dangerous goods. Logistics Group International also provides heavy hauling and refrigerated freight shipping.

‚ÄúJust did one load with this company and can say they are very well organized and take good care of their customers.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúThe trucks are always on time as promised; they are very professional and courteous to our business‚Äôs needs.‚ÄĚ

11. All Star Transportation

Website: www.allstartrucking.com

30 Years in Business

Serves the 48 Contiguous United States

All Star Transportation utilizes Kenworth trucks and offers hazardous material load transportation services as well as refrigerated load transportation, dry van trucking, and LTL trucking.

‚ÄúWon‚Äôt go anywhere else. They treat you very well.‚ÄĚ

12. AAT Carriers

Website: www.aatcarriers.com

16 Years in Business

Serves the 48 Contiguous United States

AAT Carriers provides transportation for hazardous materials, including commercial explosives, using 2021 Volvo VNL 860s along with 2012/2018 48’ Sheet and Post Utility Trailers, 2018-2020 53’ Champion SE Great Dane Trailers, and a 2018 48’ Transcraft 654 Flatbed.

‚ÄúExcellent company, and a very family-oriented business.‚ÄĚ

13. Southern Pines Trucking

Website: www.spinestrucking.com

21 Years in Business

Serves the 48 Contiguous United States and Parts of Canada

Southern Pines Trucking provides specialized and cryogenic tanker transportation for medical grade liquid, high-pressure gases, hazardous materials (Classes 2-8), steel, building materials, and automotive materials.

‚ÄúGreat people; everyone I spoke to was very helpful‚ÄĚ

14. Altom Transport

Website: www.altomtransport.com

45 Years in Business

Serves North America

Altom Transport provides transportation for acids/corrosives, asphalt paving materials, base oils and finished lubricants, hazardous and non-hazardous waste, motor fuels, petroleum distillates, and specialty chemicals.

‚ÄúGreat Team!‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúAbsolutely wonderful‚ÄĚ

15. Skinner Transfer Corp.

Website: www.skinnertransfer.com

91 Years in Business

Serves the 48 Contiguous United States

Skinner Transfer Corp. provides transportation for hazardous materials, including corrosive materials, gases, oxidizers, and organic peroxides. Skinner also offers temperature-controlled shipping.

‚ÄúExtremely friendly people. Great setup. Very clean. Very professional.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúYou can’t ask for better! Terrific customer service, family-owned company that really cares about their people and customers. Damage-free freight and fast and reliable team to move our material.‚ÄĚ