How to Export Heavy Equipment | A Trade and Export Guide

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  • By LAC Blog
  • Thursday 25, October 2018

There is a substantial worldwide market for heavy equipment but exporting heavy equipment can be challenging. There are obviously both export and import regulations that govern the sale and shipping of heavy equipment and you need to be aware of these when selling to overseas buyers. Also bear in mind that shipping costs can be expensive and need to be worked into the deal, either as part of the price or as a separate cost. Here are some steps you will need to follow to export heavy equipment successfully.

Hire a Reputable and Experienced Project Cargo Freight Forwarder

Project Cargo Freight Forwarders are a vital link in the export chain. They specialize in the logistics and facilitation of the movement of project cargo from seller to the buyer. Exporting heavy equipment is a highly specialized and expensive undertaking, and you need to ensure that the company you contract is capable of completing the job. Compare quotes and services from various companies and don’t just go with the cheapest quote. Choose a reputable project forwarding company that has extensive experience in exporting and shipping heavy equipment. This will ensure that you get a good deal and a reliable service.

Check Licensing and Legal Requirements

Different countries have different licensing and legal requirements for the export and import of heavy equipment. It is essential to know what licenses and documentation you require and how to obtain it. You will have to classify your equipment correctly to determine the licensing requirements. Technical brochures and support documentation are required by most governments when applying for an export license. You will also have to check the legality of your equipment with regards to export. The export of heavy equipment for certain end-users and end-uses is illegal and most governments place restrictions on the export of goods and equipment to certain countries. For example, you cannot sell or export-heavy equipment to countries or individuals involved in the proliferation and sale of weapons of mass destruction. Once your license has been approved you will receive a license number and expiration date to use on your export documentation.

Check Import Requirements

The export and import procedures are two entirely different sections of the process. Just because you can legally export-heavy equipment from one country, doesn’t necessarily mean you will be able to legally import it into the country it is destined for. You may be able to obtain a license to export from your country but you also need a license to import the heavy equipment into the buyer’s country. There are certain types of used heavy equipment that you cannot import into certain countries for various reasons. Before the cargo leaves your country make sure that it meets the import requirements of its final destination and you have the correct import licenses.

Once you have ensured that you have all the necessary documentation and licenses to export, and import, your heavy equipment, then it should be a simple process to arrange for the transportation and shipping of your cargo to its final destination. If you use a reputable and reliable shipping company then this will be a hassle-free process.

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