The United States’ agricultural and resin shipping communities have long been pushing to increase the 80,000lb maximum truck weight restriction. Across the country, 80,000lbs is the maximum weight allowed for the combination of truck, chassis, container and cargo as well as the combination of truck, trailer and cargo.
Resin is a huge commodity shipping out of Houston. In another case of “oneupmanship,” the governor of Texas just signed a bill to increase the maximum truck weights to 93,000lbs for truck-trailer combination with six axles and 100,000lbs for combinations with seven axles. The law goes into effect on January 1, 2018 and will apply to export and import containers traveling on set routes within 30 miles of the port complex.