Exporting Self-Propelled Machinery

img5Everyday, hundreds of millions of dollars worth of heavy machinery is exported from the United States to other nations around the globe. When a company takes a machine and uses ocean shipping to transport it, sometimes that machine is moved via Ro/Ro shipping, which is called Roll-on/Roll-off. When this occurs, the heavy machinery is considered to be self-propelled since it can move onto the ship by its own wheels. The list of vehicles like this includes loaders, bulldozers, forklifts, excavators, crawlers and more.

When exporting self propelled vehicles, there are certain requirements that a shipper should be aware of. The first thing to do is to work with a reliable freight forwarder who has a good history of shipping heavy machinery overseas. They will guide you through the shipping process to ensure that everything is working smoothly. In addition, the freight forwarder can provide a great heavy machinery shipping quote. Exporting self propelled heavy machinery might sound complicated, but if you work with the right logistics partner, it can actually be very simple. The key is to be organized with the correct paperwork.

The major paperwork required for exporting heavy machinery includes the bill of sale, which should be notarized. The information should also include the machine’s make, model and serial number. Exporters should submit the paperwork to US Customs no less than 72 hours before shipping. Each port will have different locations for the exporters to show the documents at the appropriate terminal. This also varies based on the shipping line that is being used.

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