Lobsters

Discussion in 'Trucking Industry Regulations' started by Iceman101, Aug 21, 2007.

  1. Iceman101

    Iceman101 Bobtail Member

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    Does anyone know the rules and regulations of transporting by truck large amounts of live lobsters XC. Does each state have different regulations and laws for this. What do I need to have for over the road transport.I have searched the web but I am not finding anything definitive on the subject.
     
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  3. jcash1

    jcash1 Bobtail Member

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    sorry, I can't help you with your question.:dontknow: Was impressed with the thought of transportating live lobsters around in a truck. That has to be a interesting load. Always wondered how they got around. I picture a giant fish tank on wheels. Is there some sort of central point they get delivered to, then split up and delivered to area resturants and stores?
    (sorry to answer your question with a question, was just kinda curious)
     
  4. Iceman101

    Iceman101 Bobtail Member

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    Thank you for the reply. I know alot about the lobster business and have good contacts in the field. I love trucking and the idea of trucking. Did truck and trailer moving for my sister who moved to Cottonwood, AZ. Did the trip of 5200+ miles round trip in six days. I have owned a landscape company and drive everywhere. Seems only sense as I get older to do what I do best. Sit on my back end and drive. I never get bored with driving. Plus I am a certified technician so break downs are not an issue. This is just one of my ideas about going cross country cargo hauling. I have worked for myself for so long now I know I could never work for anybody. I want to make sure I can pay my taxes and that I am legal. Love my country, noissue there, just not loyal to king george. I just want to make sure I can still have some of my freedoms left like the rest of us.
    Sincerely Iceman101
     
  5. tomhorn

    tomhorn Light Load Member

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    I don't kow about trucking lobsters. They are always flown as far as I know. First of all I'm not sure they could survive that long. You'd have to stop a lot to airiate the water, wouldn't you? To meet regulations, you'd need to do it in a tanker and how would you control temp.OX, salinity, etc,etc. I also suspect you would run into a bunch of FDA regulations about transporting live animals accross state lines, but heck, let me know what you can figure out. It sure sounds interesting.
     
  6. amkmike

    amkmike Light Load Member

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    [​IMG]this kind of freight is very time sensitive freight, make sure have a team driver with u my grandfather business is fish and crabs call the wildlife agency in the state you are picking up from and delivery for information every state has a different rule about it, be prepare for lost they die very easy and very temp sensitive one of my lazy driver let 19,000 pound of crab die at 2.90 a pound image the lost that week your trailer have to be modify with air pumps and a drain tank dont ever get attach to your trailer they will rust in about 5 years from all the salt water tool on the truck to fix thing on the road, pain in the ##### dealing with buyer when the price goes up, and it fun to scare other driver's from you open the door to check on them remember no more 2 day on the truck b4 they start dying or become very weak you will have to be on the docks weighting them people will cut corners and you will lose profit you will need totes no more then 850 pound per totes or u will be over weight hope this helps :biggrin_25525:
     
  7. wallbanger

    wallbanger "Enemy of showers everywhere"

    Every time I have seen lobsters being trucked, it is the same way that live fish are trucked: Several small square tanks are placed on a flatbed and then secured with straps. In the center of the flatbed, is an oxygen tank, that is hooked up to the individual tanks via hoses. From what I understand (from speaking with a driver) that you must stop so often and check the oxygen levels, the load is placarded (because of the O2 tank's size) and it is usually team freight, since they need to get them to a processor ASAP.
     
  8. amkmike

    amkmike Light Load Member

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    we use a mix of flatbed reefer trailers never had to placard a any of them b4, I wish i took a picture of a load trailer
     
  9. wallbanger

    wallbanger "Enemy of showers everywhere"

    Like I said, the ones with the Oxygen tanks need placards because of the size of the tank itself, otherwise it wouldn't.

    I even remember a team, they ran from Arkansas to NYC once a week, hauling Carp to Chinatown. They would unload, and then deadhead back. Talk about a good rate!
     
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