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Frequently Asked Questions - Shipping Importing Exporting

Frequently asked questions about MacMillan Piper and our shipping facilities and services in Tacoma, Seattle and the Pacific Northwest:

  • What are the hours for receiving? - Check our facility pages to find out the receiving hours for each location.
     
  • Do I need an appointment? - No, we are a first come, first serve operation but we are fast and there are no long lines.
     
  • What does each facility specialize in? - Check the facility web page for the listings or email to weboffice@macpiper.com
     
  • Which holidays are you closed? - MacMillan Piper is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Years Day, Memorial Day, the 4th of July and Labor Day.
     
  • Are you open in the snow? - It will depend on many factors so check our web page for any announcements on closings.
     
  • Are you open when the terminals are closed? - We are usually open 5 days a week (excluding holidays) even when the terminals are closed.
     
  • How do I get to your facility? - Check our facility pages and click on the address for directions.
     
  • Do you deliver out of state? - We are a local and regional trucker. Check with Dispatch at 206-340-2837 for specific routes and availability.
     
  • What are the road-legal weights for the different size containers? - The federal DOT and Washington State legal road weight limit for trucks is 34,000 lbs. on a tandem axle. The gross vehicle weight maximum is 80,000 lbs., as long as the individual axle limits are not exceeded. The maximum cargo weight that can be moved legally over the road varies, depending on the types of containers and chassis used, since different pieces of equipment have different tare weights. Also, the number of axles, distance between axles, and tire size all affect allowable weights. The use of a generator set (typically weighing around 2500 lbs.) will also decrease the cargo weight capacity. As a guideline only, using a standard steamship line chassis, maximum cargo weights are as follows:

    - Dry 20' cntr: 32,000 lbs. (14.51 metric tons)
    - Refrigerated 20' cntr: 28,000 lbs. (12.70 metric tons)
    - Dry 40' cntr: 43,000 lbs. (19.50 metric tons)
    - High cube 40' refrigerated cntr: 39,300 lbs. (17.83 metric tons)
    - Please note that allowable "cargo weight" means the cargo plus the weight of all packaging materials, pallets, dunnage, and accumulated ice on frozen product.
    - In some cases, containers with greater cargo weights can be moved legally over the road using super chassis. MacMillan-Piper has permits to use the heavy haul corridor in Tacoma. Please contact our Trucking Department at 206-340-2837 (Seattle) or 253-627-4706 (Tacoma) for further information and rate quotes.