Out of Gauge Cargo

Out of Gauge Cargo, also called OOG Cargo or Oversized Cargo is any cargo that will not fit in a standard 40″ High cube shipping container. If cargo exceeds 12.05 meters in length, 2.33 meters in width, or 2.59 meters in height, it is considered out of gauge cargo. Some out of gauge cargo may actually have the correct dimensions to fit in a container but will be too heavy to handle with standardized equipment. No matter if it’s the height, length width, or weight, there are specialized options available to haul OOG cargo, both for loading and unloading and for the actual transport.

OOG Cargo by road transport

Road delivery of oversized freight has additional challenges because of bridges, tunnels, and undeveloped roads. Specialized equipment must be used, and many localities require permits to haul the cargo.

OOG Cargo by railroad transport

Rail has fewer regulations and restrictions when it comes to shipping oversized cargo, so it can be an excellent option for shipments that must travel long distances on land. The specialized equipment that is used to ship over-the-road can also be put on the railways, allowing for short distance road trips just to get the cargo from the dock to the railway.

OOG Cargo by maritime transport

Ocean vessels have the most space of any form of transport, but there are still special services required when hauling OOG Cargo. However, the shipping company will need to know accurate dimensions and weights ahead of time so that they can arrange to make space for the cargo and properly secure it.

OOG Cargo by air transport

Shipping OOG Cargo by air presents many complications due to the size of airplanes and the heavy restrictions involved. However, it is still very possible. In general, oversized cargo will require the use of larger cargo aircraft, such as a 747. Another option is to charter a flight that is dedicated to the cargo, with no other shipments on board.

Benefits of Out of Gauge Cargo

Finding a truck for transport

Oversized Cargo requires special equipment that can handle more weight and larger dimensions than standard containers. While specialized equipment exists, it is scarcer and thus, more difficult to find in the open market.

Securing the Load

The dimensions of OOG Cargo mean that it requires more work to secure properly. Shippers will need to use larger straps and stronger chains in order to secure an oversized load. These loads also require more of both, as well as extra lumber to fill empty spaces. The loading process takes more time and will increase the total costs of the shipment.


Many Out of Gauge land loads require specialized routing to avoid traveling down roads or bridges that cannot handle the additional weight or dimensions. This makes for more work on the front end and usually increases the total distance that must be traveled.

Cargo Considered as Out of Gauge Cargo

  • Heavy Construction Machinery
  • Military Equipment
  • Propellors
  • Wind turbines
  • Aircraft Parts
  • Helicopters
  • Tanks & Reservoirs
  • Autoclaves
  • Cranes

Related Projects

We are proud and appreciate each of the implemented projects. And for your acquaintance, we have specially selected several different projects that we considered as interesting and carried out by our company for all kinds of industries, with different types of cargo and different transportation methods.

LNK Project

More than 520 positions with total weight of 1917 metric tons, including large out of gauge positions – almost 7 meters overwidth. Delivery by more then 150 trucks and with the assistance of pilots and the police escort for out of gauge pieces.

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Vyksa Project

Serving metallurgical plant under this project, our team did a great job by performing all-in service via Baltic Region to Vyksa, Russian Federation.

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