How to Ship Heavy Equipment? | A Trade & Export Guide

LAC Team


Updated: October 14, 2021

There is a substantial worldwide market for heavy equipment and industrial machinery. So, how to easily ship heavy equipment overseas? 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.

Whether you are part of the heavy-equipment industry or in need of industrial machinery or heavy cargo vehicles, bear in mind that shipping costs can be expensive and quite challenging. Shipping rates 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 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 the 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 knows how to ship heavy equipment. This will ensure that you get a good deal and a reliable service.

How to transport Heavy Equipment Hassle Free?
Check Legal Requirements First

Each country has specific 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 could be unauthorized. 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.

How to transport Heavy Equipment Hassle Free?
Check Import Requirements

The export and import procedures are two entirely different parts 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 will also need a license to import the heavy equipment into the buyer’s country.
Some countries also forbid the import of certain used heavy equipment. Before the cargo leaves your country, make sure that it meets the import requirements of its final destination and that you have the correct import licenses.

Once you have ensured that you have all the necessary documentation and licenses to export, and import your cargo, then it should be a simple process to arrange for the transportation and shipping of your heavy equipment to its final destination.

If you use a reputable and reliable freight forwarding company then you see how easy it is to ship heavy equipment overseas.

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