Truck Access

All of our terminal facilities are located in close proximity, and have easy access, to all major trucking routes. I-95 runs adjacent to our port facilities, and I-76, a major east-west thoroughfare, has entrance ramps close to our terminals.

Over 300 local trucking companies operate in the region, with a combined total of over 15,000 trucks. These trucking companies offer experience in every type of cargo handling, and regularly meet a substantial demand on the part of our terminals for as many as 1,500 reefer trucks per week, as well as heavy lift and specialized trucks.

· City of Philadelphia Hauling Permit Information

Tel: (215) 686-5546
Fax: (215) 686-5059

For general Hauling Permit information, standards, procedures and more: Click Here.

· Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Hauling Permit Information

Tel: (717) 787-4690
Fax: (717) 787-9890

For Hauling Permit applications, registration forms, regulations and more: Click Here.

Gross  90,000 lbs. (40,823 kg)

  • For a manifested international freight in a sealed, seagoing container
  • 24 hours a day (except holidays and inclement weather)
  • 7 days a week  (except holidays and inclement weather)
  • Permit must be in truck in addition to Form M-938 – Urbanized Area Map and General Conditions Axle weight cannot exceed 21,000 lbs. Distance between last axle of truck tractor and first axle of the chassis/semi-trailer shall be at least 28 feet on a 5 axle combination and at least 24 feet on a 6 axle combination. Make of container should be considered when loading overweight Route must be considered to ensure travel over approved roads

* State roads only only

  • 1 – 2- & 3 digit SR’s. If traveling on a 4 digit SR (i.e., SR  1001)
  • Must complete Form M936 NS for approval to travel on a 4 digit SR.

Click Here for Form M936

  • Local permission for local roads

For a typical load (individual loads may vary)…



Container        7,000 lbs.
Chassis            7,000 lbs.
Tractor            17,000 lbs.
Total                31,000 lbs.


59,000 lbs. of cargo weight (26.8 tons)

Gross  107,500 lbs. (48,761 kg)

Pennsylvania has instituted a program for containerized cargoes of refrigerated meat: annual permits are available for gross vehicle weights of up to 107,500 pounds (48,761 kg.) for Philadelphia and the surrounding counties: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia). 40 foot tri-axel trucks are available to carry your heavy frozen meat cargoes from the Port of Philadelphia to one of the many MID warehouses in the Philadelphia area.

  • An annual permit may be issued authorizing the movement, on specified highways, of containerized refrigerated meat products
  • Draying tractor must be equipped with engine retarding braking system when used outside the five-county port area (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties)
  • Travel is authorized 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except on holidays and in inclement weather

Axle weight cannot exceed 21,000 lbs. Vehicle must be a six-axle combination three-axle truck tractor Make of container and chassis should be considered when loading overweight Moveable rear axles on chassis will help distribute payload weight Specified highways and routes may only be permitted in the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia For a typical load (individual loads may vary)..


Container        10,400 lbs.
Chassis            10,500 lbs.
Gen Set            2,700 lbs.
Gen Set Fuel   500 lbs.
Tractor             17,000 lbs.
Total                41,000 lbs.


66,400 lbs. of cargo weight (30 metric tons)

For more information, please contact PRPA Marketing at
Any questions regarding permitting and application specifics can be directed to PennDOT by calling (610) 205-6787.