Shipping heavy equipment can be a daunting task. The equipment is big, heavy and often times extremely valuable, so making sure it arrives at its destination in one piece can be stressful. You can’t just wrap a tractor in bubble wrap and call it a day. There are numerous steps involved in making sure that your equipment reaches your buyer in the condition they purchased it in. And when you’re shipping to an overseas buyer, things can get even more complicated. So here are a few simple tips on making sure your international shipping experience is smooth sailing from start to finish.
Know the specifications
Before you ship anything, you have to let the freight company know the weight and dimensions of your equipment. By providing the freight company with this information, they can more accurately quote you a price and recommend the best method of shipping for that particular piece. There are various methods of overseas shipping available, but some of these methods are better suited for specific types of equipment. Roll on-roll off (RO-RO) shipping is one of the most common ways to ship equipment internationally, but only works for self-propelled machinery. Container shipping is another extremely common method of overseas shipping, but it often requires the equipment be disassembled. Knowing exactly what you’re working with will help save you a headache later on.
Hire a Customs Broker
Every country is different when it comes to what they will allow in and what they’ll allow out. There are mountains of paperwork to fill out and if you miss even one form, your unit will be kept at port until it’s filled out, charging you for every day it stays there. To make sure there are no hiccups in your transaction, it’s best to hire a Customs Broker. With a Customs Broker, you won’t have to worry about the various different requirements that countries have for their imports. The Customs Broker will make sure that you have absolutely everything that you need to ensure that your equipment makes it to the buyer on time. So rather than spend time contacting Customs officials in various countries to make sure it will be smooth sailing for your shipment, spend a little money for the peace of mind that everything is taken care of.
Shop around before deciding on shipping company
There are hundreds of shipping companies out there just clamoring for your business, so make sure you get the best deal before signing anything. While you could contact each company individually, it’s best to have someone with experience help you with selection. At eQuip, all you have to do is
enter your equipment’s specifications and we’ll send the request out to all of our trusted transportation companies. The companies will then send you a quote for shipping your equipment, allowing you to easily choose the best company with the best price.