Overseas Shipping With FR8Star

Shipping heavy equipment overseas may sound like an intimidating process, but it doesn’t have to be. FR8Star offers shippers access to a large network of freight forwarders who understand how to get assets from point A to point B. In the case of maritime transport, this means determining the best methods and routes for getting equipment from land to sea, and back to land again. Read on to learn more about maritime transport and how FR8Star helps shippers and freight forwarders alike. the job at hand.

Cost vs. Time

There are several options available for overseas shipping, including air freight and ocean freight, but maritime transport is most often the less expensive choice. However, there is a tradeoff in terms of timing, because shipping via cargo plane typically takes just a matter of days, whereas transporting via cargo ship can take anywhere from less than two weeks to a month or more, depending on the final destination.

Although maritime transport is markedly less expensive than air freight, in general, shipping costs vary depending on the season and the size of the load. This is where working with a freight forwarder is so important, because they can help you determine the most cost-effective time to ship an item.

Why Freight Forwarders?

Freight forwarders ordinarily handle all of the necessary documentation, including invoices, packing lists (although these aren’t typically an issue for heavy equipment), certificates or origin, and bills of lading. This means that a dealer, for example, would be able to market inventory to a customer in Europe and offer transport service without having to create a dedicated international shipping department. FR8Star and a vetted freight forwarder can take care of it all.

The beauty of FR8Star is that it’s a platform that benefits shippers and freight forwarders equally. Shippers looking for the lowest possible rate are matched with freighter forwarders and other transport companies which, in their own best interest, need to offer competitive bids in order to win loads and potentially secure future repeat business.

Ocean Freight Options

Within the larger maritime transport category, there are several options available for shipping heavy equipment, whether it be a dozer, excavator, mining truck, combine, tractor unit, or car. Some ocean freight transporters offer roll-on/roll-off service where the equipment or automobile is driven directly onto the ship.

There are also flat racks that are either 20 or 40 feet (6.1 or 12.2 meters) long with maximum payload capacities of between roughly 66,000 and 99,000 pounds (30,000 to 45,000 kilograms). When a dozer, for example, is loaded onto the flat rack, it is then secured at either end and loaded onto the boat. This method is ideal for equipment that is 8 ft (2.4 m) wide or larger. Especially large equipment may need to be broken down into separate components for shipping.

Another common maritime transport option is using a standard 20- or 40-foot shipping container. This may not possible with larger and heavier equipment, but items such as skid steers, passenger cars, vans, and some trucks may be able to fit inside of one. The major benefit of this option is that the cargo is protected throughout the journey and the container typically remains unopened until it is transferred from a truck to a ship to another truck.

Reach Your Final Destination With FR8Star

Just as FR8Star makes nationwide heavy haul transport a breeze in the United States, the platform is now doing the same for marketplaces around the world. Whether you’re a shipper looking to send equipment to Africa, Asia, Australia, or Europe, or a freight forwarder looking for quality leads to expand your business, FR8Star is the platform that makes those meetings possible. 

Shippers can simply enter all relevant information about their load, submit a request, and receive free shipping estimates to review. Via the load board, freight forwarders and transport companies can provide all-in bids for those loads. The shipper can then use ratings, tier rankings, and customer reviews to compare transporters and find the best and most cost-effective option.

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