Transhield vs Tarping: Shipping with Higher Standards

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When it comes to product and equipment manufacturing, you know how important it is to maintain high-quality standards for your end customer. So why risk jeopardizing that quality during the shipping process? Tarping loads during transportation as a way to protect your products and equipment not only risks the quality you’ve put into them but can also be more costly in the long run. We’re here to give you a better solution.

The hazards of Tarping

Finding ways to keep shipping transportation costs low isn’t an uncommon goal but it often leaves few options. Between the cost of various trailers, driver availability, permit requirements, and state regulations, many people end up seeing flatbed transportation and tarping as the obvious choice. While it may be the cheapest and most available option, standard vinyl and canvas tarps provide the least protection and ease of use. Not to mention the fact that more and more truckers are refusing to accept loads that require tarping for safety and weather-related reasons.

Plus, even if you do get your products and equipment tarped on a flatbed, you’re risking their quality by leaving them vulnerable to dirt, grime, road debris, and most importantly, corrosion. Once that quality is compromised, you’re looking at skyrocketing costs of repair, replacement, and a tarnished reputation. Why not just avoid those risks altogether?

Transhield to the rescue

To mitigate the risks of flatbed transportation, we’ve developed the most advanced fabric technology to protect whatever you’re shipping from costly and unpredictable environmental hazards. Our custom covers shrink to provide a snug fit, keeping road debris, dust, dirt, and UV rays out while the soft interior prevents surface damage like scratching and etching. But our vapor corrosion inhibitors (VCIs) are the real game changer, reducing corrosion by up to 85% – 95% compared to standard tarping. How, you ask? Let’s dig into the details.


VCIs are molecules that travel from the inside of the protective cover to the metal surface it’s protecting. These molecules contain an ion that causes them to be attracted to metal like a magnet. The earliest VCI technology – invented in 1949 to protect and preserve military equipment – contained not-so-environmentally-friendly chemicals, but we’ve come a long way since then. We use 100% “green” technology in every one of our protective covers, so they’re safe to handle and safe for the environment.

Once a Transhield cover is properly installed, the VCIs begin to form a protective barrier on the metal, preventing moisture, salts, dirt, and other airborne particles from starting chemical reactions with the metal that cause corrosion. This process helps to block corrosion before it even starts. With corrosion reduction of up to 85% – 95%, our covers have the most efficient and effective VCI technology on the market today, hands down.


Bottom line, if you’re shipping with standard vinyl and canvas tarps, you’re setting yourself up for more hassle down the road. By using Transhield custom protective covers with VCI technology, you’ll reduce the risk of surface damage and corrosion, and avoid higher long-term transportation costs. You’ll also increase the likelihood of shipping availability by not having to search endlessly for a vehicle and driver willing to haul a load that needs to be tarped. Your products and equipment can be shipped safely and show up with the quality your end customer expects.

About the author

Nathan is a Marine Sales Engineer with Transhield and focuses his energy on serving the marine industry throughout a large portion of the Midwest. His territory takes him everywhere from Minnesota to Arkansas. Prior to joining Transhield, he raced professionally on the OPC circuit.

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