The Basics Of Heavy Equipment Shipping

Whether you’re transporting machines for an assembly line, industrial robots, or plant machinery and vehicles, you will want to ensure that your products arrive in good condition. Partnering with an experienced freight forwarder and shipping company that understands your needs and requirements can go a long way to achieving consistently successful outcomes.

With news that UK Export Finance (UKEF), the UK’s export credit agency and a government department, has overhauled its Bills and Notes Guarantees, which is aimed at helping smaller businesses with manufacturing exports of heavy goods like machinery, we have a look at the basics of heavy equipment shipping.

Getting Started

Before selecting your shipping partner, you will need to know the full specifications of your goods. Size matters and many decisions will need to be made depending on the size, shape, weight, dimensions and materials of your exports.

Will it need to be dismantled and then reconstructed upon delivery? Is it easier or more economical to send it complete or broken down? What about batteries, fluids, and other aspects that need to be addressed?

Moving Forward with Your Equipment Shipping 

Once you have the answers to those questions and more, then you need to consider how it will be packaged for the journey. Is there an optimal type of skid base best used with your equipment? Is the proposed packaging suitable for load requirements? Will it need blocking and bracing? And does the packaging need to be resistant to moisture, corrosion, heat or cold, or other conditions?

Getting There Safely

These are only some of the many factors that you need to consider when engaged with shipping heavy equipment. When looking for a shipping partner, there is no replacement for expertise. You want a cooperative partner that works well with others and has established ongoing and trustworthy relationships with quality riggers and transport companies.

If you’re looking for heavy equipment shipping companies, talk to us today.