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How to Ship Heavy Equipment

Because of the size and weight of the machines, heavy equipment transport requires special shipping considerations. Shipping bulldozers, cranes, tractors, or other heavy industrial or farm equipment may require a specialized hauler with the experience and qualifications to transport such equipment. It is important to know the specifications of the heavy equipment that will be shipped as the transporter needs to determine the type of trailer or permits that will be needed. These specifications will help with any special considerations that need to be determined before any shipping can take place. You can consult your owner's manual or Richie Specs for more information regarding your equipment's dimensions and weight.

There are various shipping options to consider once you know the dimensions of your equipment. Make sure to spend time carefully researching your heavy equipment transport options and choose the one that will work best for you. Your equipment may be towed, shipped on a flatbed, or it may require a special trailer. International shipping presents a whole new set of decisions as well.

After you research the different ways of transporting your heavy equipment, the next step is choosing a heavy equipment transporter. It is highly recommended that you choose a company with a large amount of heavy equipment hauling history. Brokers have experience working with equipment transport and can help take some of the guesswork out of the shipping process. When you work with a business or an owner/operator you can be more involved in the process and are closer to the action in case any changes unexpectedly occur.

All legal carriers are required to have a certain amount of insurance, but you might need to research if your heavy equipment insurance covers transportation. When purchasing heavy equipment freight insurance, make sure you know the details of your policy and that you are familiar with the claims procedure, should the need arise.

Before the day of the move, you will need to acquire all necessary permits for the transport. If you have questions as to which permits you need, ask your service provider. Take steps to secure your equipment for transport and prepare for any adverse conditions it may encounter while on transport. Equipment that is overweight or over sized might require special preparations.

For more insight into the heavy equipment shipping process, visit our cost to ship heavy equipment page. There you will be able to view past shipping transactions as they happened in our marketplace, getting more familiar with the whole process- from listing to booking and more.

Carriers on uShip are also not limited to a single area. Heavy equipment movers handle deliveries throughout Canada and across boarders, including:

  • Cities: Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, Quebec, Winnipeg, Hamilton, London, Halifax, St. Johns and Others
  • Provinces: Movers service every Province within Canada including Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, Alberta, Nova Scotia and Manitoba.
  • Tractors
  • Skid Steer Loaders
  • Backhoes
  • Hydraulic Excavators
  • Forklifts
  • Heavy Trucks
  • Crawler Loaders
  • Boom Lifts
  • Mowers
  • Scissorlifts
  • Trenchers
  • Motor Graders
  • Industrial Plant Equipment
  • Agriculture/Farm Equipment
  • Construction Equipment

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