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How to Ship Petroleum Products


Regarding shipping petroleum products, various methods are employed depending on the specific requirements and logistical considerations. According to Forbes, the transportation chart for petroleum products in the United States can be summarized as follows:


  1. Pipelines: Pipelines play a significant role in transporting petroleum products. After the crude oil is separated from natural gas, pipelines transport the oil to another carrier or a refinery. The petroleum products are transported to the market through tankers, trucks, railroad tank cars, or additional pipelines.
  2. Ships: Large tankers transport “dirty” cargo, such as crude oil and unrefined commodities. These tankers have a substantial capacity, often carrying an average of 2 million barrels of crude oil per shipment. On the other hand, smaller vessels handle the transportation of “clean” refined materials like diesel, gasoline, and jet fuel.
  3. Trucks: Trucks provide flexibility in terms of loading and delivery locations. They are beneficial for transporting smaller capacities of oil over shorter distances. Trucks are commonly used to deliver fuel to gas stations or directly to consumers, a task that other modes of transport cannot easily accomplish.
  4. Barges: Barges are primarily used for transporting petroleum products on rivers and canals. Although they require less infrastructure than pipelines, barges have capacity and loading time limitations. Additionally, they tend to be more costly compared to other transportation methods.
  5. Railroads: Railroads present an alternative route to pipelines and compete with them for transporting petroleum products. While rail transport is generally more expensive than pipelines, the existing railroad infrastructure offers greater flexibility when pipelines reach their capacity limits.
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Shipping Petroleum Products

When it comes to shipping petroleum products, choose FreightCenter for a seamless and reliable experience. Our industry expertise, extensive network, and advanced logistics solutions ensure efficient transportation while adhering to strict safety regulations. Trust us to handle your petroleum shipping needs with professionalism.

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Petroleum Products Shipment Process


Shipping petroleum products is a crucial aspect of the global oil industry. Crude oil, a naturally occurring flammable liquid of various hydrocarbons and organic compounds, is primarily recovered through oil drilling. Once extracted, transporting petroleum products becomes necessary to bring them to refineries for processing and ultimately deliver them to market.

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To create value for our customers by delivering customized shipping solutions that meet their unique needs and to fulfill shipping demands from simple to complex with expertise, guidance and ingenuity.

LTL Shipping

LTL shipping involves combining multiple small shipments from different customers onto one truck, allowing each customer to share the shipment cost. Trust the experts at FreightCenter to give you the best prices and the most comprehensive options for all your LTL freight shipping needs.

Full Truckload

Truckload shipping, also known as full truckload (FTL), is a transportation option for freight that requires the entire trucks trailer space. Unlike LTL shipping, FTL shipping is reserved for larger commodities that exceed LTL weight and size limits, typically weighing more than 20,000 pounds or having dimensions that exceed 12 feet in length, 8 feet in width, and 8 feet in height. We deliver optimized solutions for full or partial truckloads and competitive dry van, flatbed, and refrigerated freight pricing. We can cover your full truckload shipping needs.

Expedited Services

Nationwide Expedited Trucking services move your freight securely and rapidly. Your freight requires fast delivery; our freight shipping experts can get your shipment fast, whether in one large box or a full truckload. Expedited shipping is a transportation option that prioritizes the speed of delivery for freight that needs to be shipped quickly. This can be especially important for urgent situations, such as engine repairs or replacements for critical machinery.

Specialized Freight Shipping

Specialized is a transportation option for items that require specialized handling, equipment, or shipping conditions. Specialized shipments may include high-value cargo, oversized cargo, or cargo that require temperature-controlled transportation. The most reliable Specialized Freight Services rates from all the top carriers are just a few steps away. From white glove service to international shipping, we've got you covered.

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How are Petroleum Products Transported?

  1. Pipeline Transportation: Pipelines are a primary mode of transporting petroleum products over long distances. They are cost-friendly, efficient, and commonly used for transporting crude oil and refined petroleum products.
  2. Rail Transportation: Rail transportation is used for both short and long-distance shipments of petroleum products. Rail tank cars are specifically designed to transport liquid cargo, including crude oil, gasoline, diesel, and other refined products.
  3. Road Transportation: Trucks and tankers are most commonly used for local and regional transportation of petroleum products.


Shipping Petroleum Products with FreightCenter

Shipping petroleum products involves various methods, such as pipelines, ships, trucks, barges, and railroads. Transportation costs vary depending on the chosen mode, with pipelines being the most cost-effective. However, challenges such as pollution, spillage risks, and environmental impact must be addressed through regulations. Regarding meeting shipping needs, companies like FreightCenter provide comprehensive solutions for transporting petroleum products efficiently and safely. Get a free quote or call (800) 716-7608.