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Moving Heavy Equipment with uShip

To move heavy equipment, one has to find a courier that focuses on heavy hauls. uShip assists in finding the best transporter for your equipment transportation. We’ll also give you tips on prepping your cargo for transport, and assist you with getting quotations from different haulage service providers and to make sense of the whole process of getting your heavy equipment transported from one location to another. Contact us and we will make the process much easier for you

uShip’s platform makes it easy to move your bulldozers, cranes, tractors, and other heavy industrial or farm equipment in line with your budget and specifications Create your consignment listing on uShip, you will need to enter details of the make and model of your equipment, the collection and delivery addresses, and your timelines. Heavy haulage companies will give their comparison quotes for your review. Interaction with the carriers is made possible as well as their company profiles with their transport history, safety records and customer-rated feedback, to help you make an informed decision.

The Heavy Equipment Transport Process

uShip platform is heavy equipment transporting made easy!

1 | Create Your Cargo Listing

The first step in moving heavy equipment is to enter the correct details of make and model as well as accurate dimensions and weight of all equipment going in the same haul. This information will help determine the type of trailer the transport company will need and if any special considerations need to be made. Your owner's manual or the Ritchie Specs website will have these specifications in detail. We also highly recommend that you include pictures of the equipment. More details ensure the most accurate quotations..

Next you will have transport options to choose from which are towing, lifting on a flatbed or on a special trailer. You will need to carefully consider your preferred option.

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2 | Make Your Choice of Transport option

When the listing is complete, quotations from different service providers will start coming through to you directly. You can then use these quotations to ask the transporters any further questions you have and investigate what actually is the best rate and service provider.

Each transporter also has their own profile on uShip with their transportation history, safety records and feedback from past customers. On their profile, the majority of service providers also have images of their equipment which would give one a better impression of the service that will be provided. Our recommendation is a careful review of each profile to ensure you’re choosing the best heavy load service provider.

3 | The Actual Equipment Transportation and Delivery y

When the customer has made their selection, they have to contact the service provider directly and supply all required info including pick-up and delivery locations. Payment must happen as per agreement. For any problems further to this, contact us. We will be there for you all through the process.

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Heavy Equipment Transport Costs

Though this varies a general guideline is that on average a transport job over 500 kilometres, have a R1 per kilometre cost, shorter distance on the other hand average R5 per kilometre.

For a heavy haul cost estimate have a look at our cost to transport index on our website as well as past work done on uShip marketplace give new clients more information of how uShip works.

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Heavy Haul Transportation Options

The most popular transporting method for large freight is the flatbed. Flatbeds come in different sizes and carrying capabilities and allow for easy loading and unloading and can carry up to 22 000 kilograms. Your choice of a flatbed transporter should be informed by confirmation that it has capacity to carry the weight of your load and that the tools for loading and offloading are supplied or available.

For short distance moves, towing maybe an option to consider. It is important to know the preparations necessary for the safe towing and delivery of your machinery including details like gearbox and tire towing conditions. There are also different tow trucks for different cargo.

Oversized or abnormal load equipment may need a special trailer. For freight that weighs more or is higher than usual, step deck and double drop trailers can be used. There may also be a legal requirement of permits when a specialty trailer is used. The service provider used will be able to supply these details.

How Heavy Equipment is Transported

The insurance cover features that each heavy haul transporter has will be listed on their profile on uShip. Insurance is a legal requirement but you may need to purchase more comprehensive cover to ensure adequate protection. Ensure that you know what the policy covers and how to make a claim if and when the need arises.


  • Understand your chosen transporter's insurance as well as protection.
  • Read up on your chosen service provider’s client reputation.
  • Ensure you have listed your equipment measurements accurately and as per procedure requirements.
  • Ensure all permit information meets the requirements.
  • Check that the loading and offloading equipment will be supplied or made available by the service provider.

Typical Heavy Equiment Cargo

  • Tractors
  • Skid Steer Loaders
  • Backhoes
  • Hydraulic Excavators
  • Forklifts
  • Heavy Trucks
  • Crawler Loaders
  • Boom Lifts
  • Mowers
  • Scissor Lifts
  • Trenchers
  • Motor Graders
  • Industrial Plant Equipment
  • Agriculture/Farm Equipment
  • Construction Equipment

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