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When you think of hotshot trucking services, AirFreight.com and its extensive air charter and air freight services may not be the first name that comes to mind – but it should be.

When you work with AirFreight.com, you’re actually benefiting from the collective logistics experience, reach, and strength of The Expedited Group of companies.

The Expedited Group not only includes AirFreight.com, but also HotShotTrucking.com, SameDayDelivery.com, ExpeditedFreight.com, ExpeditedTransportation.com, SameDayAir.com, and FullTruckload.com. By providing premium logistics services across the entire shipping spectrum, The Expedited Group of companies can handle everything from a shipping crisis, upgrading your standard freight service, and hot shot (also called hotshot) trucking loads.

When the pressure is on and your piece, part, or pallet has to be there on time, the answer is easy: Hotshot trucking services from AirFreight.com.

Hotshot Trucking

Hotshot Trucking

A name you know with expeditors you can trust, AirFreight.com has all the hotshot trucking resources to make it happen when the clock is ticking and the customer is waiting. No games and no gimmicks, just straightforward information and guaranteed custom-tailored shipping solutions to meet your every need.

If you’re ready to get started, call us now at 1-800-713-1000 to speak with one of our experienced expeditors or click here to get a quote. In most cases, we can have a truck, van or other specialized vehicle on the way in less than two hours – usually faster!

But why should you trust AirFreight.com with your hotshot trucking loads or other expedited shipping needs? Because we have one of the most extensive networks of right-sized vehicles available to exclusively handle your shipment immediately, and a team of experienced expeditors who knows what works, what doesn’t, and how to create a superior solution to meet your most exacting shipping requirements. Does that sound too good to be true? It’s not.

AirFreight.com is your single source solution for the shipping emergency facing you right now. So call us now at 1-800-713-1000 or click here to get a quote. We are ready to go to work for you! Your shipping emergency is our business-as-usual, so let us take it from here. You’ll work with the same experienced expeditor from beginning to end as your own personal shipping concierge. That includes shipment status when you need it, so you’re never left in the dark about where it is or when it’s arriving, and answering any other questions you may have – 24/7/365.

It's easy for us to talk about how great AirFreight.com is, but you don’t have to take our word for it.

Thousands of satisfied shippers have already shared their experiences and praise about the successful work we’ve done for them – which is the same work and superlative service we can provide for you. Click here to read their reviews, then give us a call at 1-800-713-1000 or click here to get a quote.

If you’re still wondering if hotshot trucking services from AirFreight.com is right for your time-sensitive shipping needs, or even what hotshot trucking is, then by all means read on. We’ll cover the basics of hotshot trucking, a little history, some of the advantages of hotshot trucking, and more details about what you can expect when you work with AirFreight.com. By the time you’re finished, we’re confident you’ll be ready to choose the best time-sensitive logistics provider in the industry. We’ll be waiting.

What is Hot Shot (Hotshot) Trucking?

Hotshot Trucking Services

Originally used to describe pickups and other small trucks waiting to rush crucial parts to commercial oil rigs during the 1970’s, today the term hot shot (or hotshot) usually refers to either the truck, the freight, or both. What exactly qualifies as a hotshot load?

It’s basically any load that can fit in either the bed of a medium-duty pickup or a small trailer towed behind it. Typically, a Class 3, 4, or 5 truck is used in combination with a variety of trailers to run for-hire freight for a single customer exclusively. This includes highly valuable time critical freight that is absolutely necessary to keeping production facilities or equipment up and running. Three key benefits of hot shot truck loads include speed, exclusivity, and cost.


Hotshot truckers specialize in time-sensitive loads. They are often used in situations where failure to deliver a time-sensitive item within a specific window will cause significant - and costly, production delays. Hotshot trucking is often confused with expedited shipping, but the two are distinct freight services. Hotshot trucking is one method of shipping an expedited load, and often hotshot loads are similar to expedited loads. Ultimately, the key factor here is that hotshot trucking is as fast as you need it to be.

Hotshot trucking commonly transports a single load, or a set of smaller loads that can be handled in vehicles as small as a Sprinter van. Full-sized semi-trucks are unable to compete with the flexibility of hot shot trucks, due to their size and slower speeds. That’s the niche where hotshot trucking works perfectly. They travel point-to-point within a specific local or regional area, although there are certainly exceptions.


The urgency of true hotshot trucking limits it to a single customer. Your shipment won’t have to wait for other freight to be picked up. There is no cross-decking, freight swapping, or hub-and-spoke transfers to delay or potentially damage your shipment. Since space on larger trucks is often filled with multiple shipments, this again is where hotshot trucking often makes sense. Your dedicated AirFreight.com expeditor will work with you to determine whether this option makes sense for your freight.


One of the biggest advantages of using hotshot trucking services is cost. Space in any truck is extremely valuable. Since full-sized trucks are more expensive to run, they will charge more for overhead. Smaller hotshot trucks generally cost less because they have lower operating expenses. Hotshot truckers can also take much smaller loads. If you have a very small shipment, a larger vehicle does not make economic sense. If it’s small enough to ship in a Sprinter van or box truck, hotshot trucking can be a more cost-effective approach than a larger vehicle.

How it works

We’ve built a nationwide network of trusted hot shot (hotshot) truckers - ready to go at a moment’s notice - who have been thoroughly vetted, drive safely, and have the right equipment to get the job done on time. Just call us at 1-800-713-1000 or click here to get a quote to get started. When every second counts, you can count on AirFreight.com to exceed your expectations.

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AirFreight.com – An Expedited Group freight solutions company


AirFreight.com has the logistical expertise and resources to move any hot shot load wherever and whenever you need it. As your freight service provider, creating optimized shipping plans to deliver your load safely and securely are what we do every day. That means utilizing every shipping resource, avenue, and channel at our disposal as an Expedited Group freight solutions company.

Together, we are able to ship your freight by ground or air on exclusive charters or as part of regularly scheduled air services. Long-haul, short-haul, charter flights, semis, flatbeds, Sprinter van service, are all available for local, regional or nationwide delivery. That’s the combined logistical power of AirFreight.com and the Expedited Group. With multiple possible shipping options, your hotshot load will absolutely reach its destination on schedule. At AirFrieght.com, we make shipping easy for you whether it’s your first order or five-hundredth.

We excel in overcoming today’s logistical challenges. It only takes one call! Here’s how:

  • No prior relationship required or account needed – If it’s your first time calling AirFreight.com, welcome! We know trust is built over time and on the foundation of proven performance. Want references? We are a five-star rated company on TrustPilot. Click here or here to see what others say about us!
  • Fast, free freight quotes on the phone or online - AirFrieght.com offers effective solutions with multiple payment options. Your quote shows all possible costs without any hidden fees. You’ll know upfront if a specific option doesn’t fit your budget. If that’s the case, we’ll find one that does.
  • A single point of contact from booking to delivery – You’ll work with the same expediter through the entire logistics chain, ensuring consistent communication, eliminating misunderstandings, and improving the quality of your entire shipping experience.
  • Easy booking process and customized solutions - We do all the logistical legwork to find what works best for your specific shipment. Put AirFreight.com’s decades of shipping experience to work on your behalf. Additionally, we have 90-minute pickup in many areas.
  • Real-time tracking - We use tracking technology to plan around ground and air traffic, inclement weather, highway construction, and flight delays. We ensure nothing stands in the way of timely deliveries.
  • Constant contact – We’re available to answer your questions, provide status on your order’s location, and take new instructions 24/7/365. Enjoy peace of mind knowing where your freight is at all times.

Hotshot Trucking Services

Hotshot Trucking Services Delivering your freight with little or no notice is what we do every day, regardless of size or urgency. It's why we count companies from the energy, automotive, and construction sectors among our frequent customers. AirFreight.com also offers hotshot trucking services for large cargo that defies conventional packaging and traditional delivery vehicles.

There is no limitation on a shipment’s size, weight or dimensions – including mega-sized equipment, non-standard dimension machinery, over-sized and awkward, delicate and fragile, palletized or pressurized. We dispatch the exact type of carrier you need with a driver thoroughly trained in its safe operation.

AirFreight.com can move any hotshot load wherever and whenever you need it.

Let’s get started solving your freight challenges today!

Call us at 1-800-713-1000 or click here to get a quote.

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