Shipping heavy machinery or equipment is a different shipping process than other types of freight. Not only does heavy equipment cost far more, it also comes with other shipping challenges. As the premier shipping company for your packing and crating needs, we would like to share the following tips for shipping heavy equipment or machinery.
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It should come as no surprise that distance is going to play a significant role in both your shipping cost and method. Here is a detailed look at some variables that you will be faced with if shipping heavy equipment.
- Short Distances
If you are shipping machinery across the city or other relatively short distances, chances are all you will need is a flat-bed truck. You will need to know the flat cost of the hauler and whether they can handle the intended weight and dimensions of your freight.
- Oversized Loads
In some cases you may need to ship oversized equipment from point A to point B. In addition to a flat-bed truck you will need proper travel permits and check any road restrictions for oversized loads.
- Long Distances
If you are shipping heavy equipment or machinery long distances or overseas, you may need to account for a variety of shipping methods. Always check with the carriers to ensure that they can safely ship and accommodate the size and the weight of whatever you are shipping. Other factors that you may need to account for when shipping long distances include:
- Relevant paperwork, customs papers and other documents.
- If your equipment or machinery needs to be secured to a flat or custom pallet.
- Insurance to cover damage or loss.
- If you need to hire a surveyor to assess the full value and to supervise the entire shipping process.
If you know that you will be shipping heavy equipment in the future there are some key areas of preparation that you can do before the flat bed shows up at your shipping bay. Some pre-shipment preparation includes:
- Preparing necessary paperwork, obtaining permits and other documentation and confirming details with the shipping company.
- Removing detachable parts and securing them.
- Disconnecting batteries and draining fluids.
- Thoroughly cleaning the equipment and doing a proper safety check to make sure that everything is in working order.
These important tips will allow you to be better prepared the next time you ship heavy equipment or machinery. If you have other questions about shipping heavy or oversized items, please contact us today. We would love to help you better understand the process around shipping this type of freight and can help with a wide variety of shipping, packing and crating needs. We look forward to working with you soon.