Shipping Oversized Equipment and Machinery

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Heavy equipment and machinery are mostly oversized cargo and will not fit in a shipping container. Most of them are too tall, wide or long to fit the specified 40-foot container. Therefore, their shipping calls for extra detail, proper planning, and execution for a streamlined transportation.

If transporting regular cargo with the aid of containers is a headache for you; then shipping oversized cargo will be unbearable. That is if you are dealing with the wrong freight company or you decide to handle the logistics yourself. You need a company that will do more than transport your cargo for you. At SHIPHAUS, we will handle all the logistics and make the shipping as smooth as possible. Call us and let us help you determine whether your cargo is oversized or not.

Hiring a Company to Ship Heavy Equipment & Oversized Cargo

Heavy equipment and oversized cargo require specialized handling and as such, you need to do your homework before you decide on a shipping company. This will help you avoid hassles and problems that may arise from hiring amateur or unreliable freighters. We have put down a few factors that will help you pick the perfect freighter for your oversized cargo:

Check previous experience

We all know that practice makes perfect, and that applies for all spheres of life. If you have been offering a certain service, you will get better the more you offer it. An experienced firm will know how to deal with the various customs authorities of different countries, how to quickly solve emergent problems and the best way to transport your cargo in the first place.

Review cargo insurance offered

It is advisable to always have an insurance cover against your cargo no matter the company you contract. This is because no matter how many precautions are taken, there are unavoidable/unforeseen circumstances that may lead to the loss or damage of your goods. A good insurance will cover your cargo against most forms of damages and loss at a competitive price.

We have a variety of insurance covers and we let you choose the one that suits the most. Try our top insurance plan that covers all forms of damage against any external force.

Get quotes from reputable companies

The ultimate shipping price will depend on the size of the cargo and the shipping method you choose. Getting quotes from various reputable companies will help you determine the price range of your shipment consequently help in choosing the company that offers you the best service.

What is Considered Oversized Cargo

A cargo is considered oversized if it exceeds the ordinary or standard legal dimensions or weight for a certain freight method such as ground, rail, ocean or air. Most oversize cargoes include construction machines and equipment such as cranes and backhoes. What constitutes an oversized cargo varies between countries and regions of the same country. Special permits are therefore required to transport such cargo. This permit, which comes at an extra fee, specifies routes, dates and time that the shipment must adhere to.

When choosing a shipping company for your oversized cargo, make sure the company has experience in handling such regulations to avoid having your cargo held up for long.

Heavy Equipment Transport Examples

During our operation years, we have transported a variety of heavy equipment and oversized cargo. With unrivaled success rate, we stand as one of the best freighters in shipping more than just heavy machinery. Some of the equipment we have successfully shipped, both locally and internationally include:

  • Bulldozers
  • Fork Lifts
  • Loaders
  • Excavators
  • Cranes
  • Farming tractors
  • Industrial machinery

Shipping Heavy Machinery Overseas

As opposed to the local transportation of heavy machinery which may be a bit straightforward, overseas shipping comes with extra challenges. First, there are customs to deal with in addition to special permits due to the oversized aspect. Furthermore, your cargo will be handled by different persons before it reaches its destination. As such, you need a shipping company that not only knows how to expertly negotiate customs and regulation of the other countries but can react quickly to solve any problem that the cargo may encounter on the way.

We have experience in shipping heavy machinery and oversized cargo overseas, providing you with a single point of contact till your cargo gets to its destination. We know that extra costs will be incurred if your cargo is held up during transportation. These include storage and warehousing costs as well as fines. In a bid to ensure that any problem that your cargo encounters is swiftly taken care of, we have deployed agents all over the globe and they will make sure your cargo is not held up due to any unforeseeable problems.

Thanks to our diverse connection, we are able to offer door to door delivery for you and your recipient’s convenience.

Oversized Shipping Methods

There are various ways to handle oversized cargo and we offer all of them to our customers. The choice will depend on the type of cargo and the shipping vessel to be used. We will help you choose a transportation method that best suits you.

The shipping methods on offer include:

Flat Rack Shipping

This shipping method uses a load platform- or simply a container with no walls or roof. Cargo is simply stacked on the platform surface and then strapped. Flat rack shipping allows easy loading and unloading of goods. When using ocean freight, flat rack cargo is last to be loaded into the ship and as such, they may face harsh weather elements. We offer shrink-wrapping services to willing customers to combat that.

Roll-on Roll-off (RoRo)

As the name suggests, Roll-on Roll-off shipping method involves rolling the cargo onto the ship below deck. It is a very reliable and cost-effective shipping method for such oversized cargo as RVs and motorhomes as well as trucks.

Lift-on Lift-off (LoLo)

This method is mostly used in shipping vessels that don’t have a storage area in the hull. It involves loading the cargo onto the vessel's deck with the aid of a crane.

Why Hire SHIPHAUS for Shipping Heavy Machinery?

In addition to our years of experience and great track record you will experience unparalleled customer service. No other company in the freight forwarding industry offers the level of customer service you will find with SHIPHAUS. To get started please fill out the form below and we can start building your shipping quote today!

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