Hotshot freight refers to freight that is being hauled for a single client and is needed as soon as possible. An example of hotshot freight includes equipment for a power company that is necessary to keep the electrical grid running and avoid a shut down.
The term hotshot by itself is interchangeable and can refer to either the freight or the truck hauling the freight. Trucks that make these types of runs are usually between classes three and five, and they are used with trailers and other weight-distributing connections, such as goose neck adapters. Websites such as HotshotCarrier.com serves as a hub to connect drivers who are looking for loads to haul with companies that need freight carriers.