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Last month our industrial packing and crating blog delivered our readers and shipping information researchers with insight into the preparation process for shipping jet-skis. The popularity of that article sparked another piece that answers a commonly posed question for sending recreational vehicles abroad – how to ship an ATV (quad, etc…) overseas. The demand of these all-terrain wheelers in various nations across the world has apt businesses shipping new and refurbished ATVs alike to port cities scattered about the map. With Port Metro Vancouver being the epicenter of exporting in Canada Cratex Group is well versed in the practice and is thus able to provide those of you with interests in shipping ATVs with some helpful advice.
5 Tips to Shipping an ATV Overseas
As with any cargo slated for overseas shipping you need to make sure you have your documentation in order. Because an ATV is technically a vehicle you will need the traditional proof of title and bill of sale for each of them. In addition you will need to abide by the air care laws of the receiving region so ensure that the accompanying paperwork recognizes the clearance for environmental concerns held by the country of its final destination.
2. Clean & Check-Up
Since you’re likely shipping the vehicles to a customer it goes without saying that they should undergo a complete mechanical check-up and cleaning so that they arrive in prime condition. This is important from a customer relations standpoint BUT is also necessary to ensure that the ATVs arrive in the same condition that they departed in. Dirt and oil can make their way into components while in transit which can negatively impact the usability of the ATVs upon arrival.
3. Gas Allowed?
If you’re using a RoRo (roll-on/roll-off) method of shipping (detailed below) then you may want to leave a quarter tank of gas in the ATVs which will allow them to be driven off after being unloaded. If placed in containers or crates then it makes more sense to play it safe and empty gas from the vehicles.
4. Battery Removal
Remove the battery from each ATV and pack each battery with each vehicle so that they are not separated at any point, allowing for quick reassembly upon arrival.
5. Shipping Method
As hinted above in point #3, you can use the Roll-On/Roll-Off method of shipping when it comes to ATVs, depending upon the carrier vessel and the length of the journey. Read our article to find out if this method suits your needs in this circumstance. Otherwise if extra special care in needed for very expensive high-performance ATVs individual crating for each may be your best bet. For those shipping multiple ATVs you can achieve better economies of scale by shipping the ATVs in a large container which can hold approximately 6 ATVs each.
In the end, the best way to protect your ATV shipment is to ensure proper preparations and precautions are taken first, which is why you should contact Cratex Group today if shipping these outdoor recreational vehicles from a port within the Greater Vancouver area.