Shipping Construction Equipment Overseas

You may be aware that FR8Star is a superb platform for connecting heavy machinery shippers with over-the-road transport companies, but did you know that it can also facilitate international shipment of construction equipment? FR8Star’s growing roster of vetted freight forwarders can provide the necessary expertise and assistance to ship earthmoving, road building, and other machinery from the United States to international destinations worldwide. 

FR8Star’s network of licensed, qualified transport companies and freight forwarders can help manage the intricacies and paperwork of equipment export by land, sea, and even air. Shippers of Caterpillar, Hitachi, Kobelco, John Deere, Komatsu, Volvo, and other machinery have come to rely on FR8Star to deliver oversize/overweight (OS/OW) freight safely. Common loads include wheel loaders, excavators, backhoe loaders, crawler dozers, off-highway dump trucks, mining equipment, generator sets, forklifts, concrete and asphalt paving equipment, cranes, drills, forestry equipment, and more.

Read on to learn how FR8Star benefits both shippers and freight forwarders, particularly with overseas shipping.

By Air Or By Sea

International shipping methods for heavy machinery depend primarily on the shipper’s timetable and budget. For example, a cargo plane is capable of delivering a large piece of equipment in a matter of days, albeit at a relatively high price. Air freight also has the benefit of access to inland airports and landing strips far from the coast.

A cargo or container ship can transport the same cargo with much less expense. However, the journey may take weeks or even a month or more between ports of call. A FR8Star freight forwarder can help shippers arrange not only the international leg of the trip, but also the land transport for the item to and from the seaport. A freight forwarder can also advise on seasonal variations in the cargo ship industry, as there may be a more cost-effective time to ship an asset overseas.

Cost-Effective Transport

If you’re a shipper looking to send equipment to Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, Asia, Australia, or Europe, FR8Star can help you determine the most cost-efficient option that fits your schedule and other needs. FR8Star makes it easy to get free haulage estimates, and firm bids from the transport companies and freight forwarders of your choice. To help you decide, FR8Star breaks down its carriers and export companies into Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond tiers according to customer feedback and the number of jobs they’ve completed through the platform. 

FR8Star’s experienced freight forwarders take care of all of the necessary documentation for customs clearance and export formalities, including invoices, certificates of origin, and bills of lading. What they’ll need from the shipper is a power of attorney, a bill of sale or certificate of title, shipper and consignee identification, and a packing list. The shipper will also need to supply the dimensions and weight of each machine or component, as well as its year, make, and model. 

Overseas Shipping Options

Many seaports can handle roll-on/roll-off (RORO) shipments, in which the equipment or truck is driven or towed directly onto the ship. It is then lashed or strapped down, sometimes using bracing to keep it in place. This is the most common type of maritime freight option for construction equipment. If the machine or vehicle falls under the height limit, typically 15 feet (4.6 meters), it can be loaded belowdecks on ships that allow it.

Compact track loaders, skid steers, directional drills, and other small machines can take advantage of 20ft, 40ft, or 45ft (6.1m, 12.2m, or 13.7m) standard shipping containers, as can components and attachments. Not only do containers protect their contents in transit, they also enjoy cheaper shipping rates and lower duty costs. Some larger machines can be disassembled and put into either containers or flat racks. 

Flat rack containers resemble shipping containers with no sides or roof. The 20ft or 40ft (6.1m or 12.2m) racks are suitable for large, out-of-gage (OOG) items that are overheight or overwidth at 8 ft (2.4m) wide or larger. Construction machines in flat racks ride on the deck of the ship and can be shrink-wrapped for protection against salt spray and elements. Flat racks may have fixed or collapsible end walls; racks with the latter are called flush-type flat platforms. Because racked items must be hoisted on and off the boat using a crane, their transport is sometimes referred to as lift-on/lift-off service, or LOLO.

Bon Voyage

Your freight forwarder and FR8Star representatives will remain in contact with you throughout your equipment’s journey to resolve any issues and make the process go smoothly. Once it arrives at the destination port, it may have to undergo an inspection and/or cleaning, such as to comply with AQIS (Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service) regulations. You can either provide or hire someone to reassemble any dismantled machinery. The freight forwarder and FR8Star will ensure that your asset clears customs and is properly loaded onto land transportation for the final leg of its trip.

With FR8Star, you can quickly and easily ship construction equipment overseas and get all-inclusive rates within minutes. Freight forwarders can use FR8Star’s load board to easily view available loads.

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