Home to alligators and Mardi Gras, oil refineries and shrimp boats, Louisiana is bordered by the Mississippi River to the east, Texas to the West, Arkansas to the North and the Gulf of Mexico to the south. The state’s capital city is Baton Rouge, but the cultural capital of Louisiana is without a doubt New Orleans, where the state’s French and Spanish heritage are always on display. The most tropical of all the contiguous US states, Louisiana is known for its short winters and long sultry summers, and for the hurricanes and tropical storms that sometimes sweep the Gulf Coast and flood the state’s swampy lowlands. For an immediate estimate on shipping rates to, from or within Louisiana, use our online quotation system.
Louisiana State Industry
Louisiana’s economy is based upon the state’s abundant natural and agricultural resources, whether for products they produce or for the tourism these resources generate. Important agricultural products include seafood—Louisiana supplies 90 percent of the world’s crawfish—cotton, soybeans, sugarcane and rice. Other agricultural products include cattle, poultry and dairy products. The state’s oil and coal products are also key to industry, as are chemical products, paper products and processed food.
The Port of South Louisiana, located on the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, is the largest volume shipping port in the Western Hemisphere and 4th largest in the world, as well as the largest bulk cargo port in the world.
Louisiana Shipping and Trucking to Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, California, Washington and More
Although the Port of South Louisiana, located on the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, is the largest shipping port in the Western Hemisphere by volume and the largest in the world by bulk, many of Louisiana’s products are shipped to port states California and Washington. Ohio, Illinois, Michigan and Washington are other important destinations for products made in Louisiana.
Louisiana Trucking Rules and Regulations
Trucking in Louisiana is governed by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. Permits issued are load and industry specific—certain industries, including agricultural, forestry and oilfield equipment have their own permits—and are issued through a permitting service rather than through the Department of Transportation and Development. See the PERBA (Permits Electronic Routing and Bridge Analysis) website for more
Louisiana’s general trucking guidelines are as follows: length is restricted to 65’-0” on non-designated routes (50 foot trailer) and 59’-6” on designated truck routes; overhang is restricted to 8’-0” rear and 4’-0” front; weight is restricted to 80,000 pounds GVW; width is restricted to 8’-0” on non-designated roads and 8’-6” on designated roads; and height is restricted to 13’-6”.
Permits for routine oversize shipping, trucking and transport are granted as follows: length is determined on a case-by-case basis, weight is restricted to 108,000 pounds on 5 axles, 120,000 pounds on 6 axles, 132,000 pounds on 7 axles and 152,000 pounds on 8 axles, width is restricted to 18’-0” on roadways and 14’-0” on interstates, and height is restricted to 14’-8”.
Truck travel in Louisiana is permitted from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset, Monday through Saturday. Loads less than 12’-0” wide, 90’-0” long and 100,000 pounds may travel on Sundays until 1:00 PM.
Louisiana State Roads
Interstates crossing Louisiana include north-south routes I-49, I-55 and I-59. East-west routes include I-10, I-12 and I-20. A statewide toll system exists for roads and bridges across the state, including interstates. The Geauxpass system allows for pre-paying of tolls online. The state’s 511LA website offers detailed information about construction or weather conditions that may make travel hazardous or difficult for large loads.
FRC Louisiana Freight Trucking Service Points
Our LTL Freight Carriers and FTL Trucking Partners In Louisiana include:
- New Orleans, LA Trucking Companies
- New Orleans, LA Freight Companies
- Baton Rouge, LA Trucking Companies
- Baton Rouge, LA Freight Companies
- Shreveport, LA Trucking Companies
- Shreveport, LA Freight Companies
- Metairie Terrace, LA Trucking Companies
- Metairie Terrace, LA Companies
- Metairie, LA Trucking Companies
- Metairie, LA Freight Companies
- Lafayette, LA Trucking Companies
- Lafayette, LA Freight Companies
- Lake Charles, LA Trucking Companies
- Lake Charles, LA Freight Companies
- Kenner, LA Trucking Companies
- Kenner, LA Freight Companies
- Bossier City, LA Trucking Companies
- Bossier City, LA Freight Companies
- Monroe, LA Trucking Companies
- Monroe, LA Freight Companies