The transport and shipping industry is extensive. There are items you can ship effortlessly without giving two thoughts about it, whereas there are others you need to plan adequately beforehand. It is especially true when shipping large-sized equipment and moving items from one state to another.
Are you a construction company that’s landed a project in another state, and you require transporting large construction equipment to the site? Or are you a large construction equipment vendor who’s just sold a bulldozer, and you need to ship the item to another state where your client resides? Before embarking on this journey, you need to consider some crucial factors, which we will discuss herein. Read on!
When shipping large equipment to another state, you may take the following steps:
Choose The Appropriate Method
The method you choose to ship your large construction equipment determines if it can reach your destination in good condition and without affecting safety. There are various options available for large shipments based on the weight of your machinery, size, the duration of the transportation, and the cost you’ll incur.
Here, you can decide whether to transport via road or by water. For road shipping, your chosen method should fully accommodate the size of the machinery. It includes its length, width, and height. These parameters are vital for various reasons. For instance, equipment wider and taller than the transporting truck is a potential safety hazard to other road users. It might also cause vehicle imbalance, causing the vehicle ferrying it to tip over. In developed areas where roads have overpasses and footbridges, height becomes an issue since your machinery must fit below the bridge.
It’s also good to acknowledge that some transportation methods are quicker than others; roads are faster than the sea. Therefore, your choice based on the duration the process will take depends on the time you have on your hands. If you need it to arrive quickly, choose the road, and the latter if time isn’t much of a factor.
With water transportation, the other determining factor besides duration is the weight of your construction equipment. Machinery too heavy might cause the ship to sink, leading to severe losses.
Find The Right Provider
Many vendors are ready to help ship your heavy equipment in the bulk transport industry. However, it’s best to be wary of whom to trust with your investment.
Consider vetting those available by looking at their years of experience, success rates with previous clients, and the type of transportation equipment they use. It could also make the process easier if you seek referrals from business partners who’ve shipped large construction equipment before you. They’re better placed to advise on the best provider in the business.
Familiarize With The Laws
Some laws govern the shipment of large equipment, construction machinery included. Most of these regulations revolve around the size and weight of your machinery. As you understand these laws, it’s good to note that they differ from state to state; hence, you need to know the regulations within your state and those in the destination of your tool.
Most states will allow you to transport goods of a standard size without paying any extra fees. For instance, the standard height of equipment could be 14ft, weight 9ft, and length 50ft. Should your equipment exceed any of the dimensions, you have to pay overweight fees, after which the relevant body will issue you with the permit to transport the machinery.
The reason why it’s crucial to know all the laws governing the states your large construction equipment will pass through is to avoid legal issues and ensure a smooth journey. You might be compliant in your state but aren’t in the other. Therefore, the size of your construction equipment should conform to both laws.
As you conform to the necessary regulations, you must also obtain all the required shipping permits needed for your equipment.
Prepare Your Equipment
Before transporting your large construction equipment, it’s crucial to prepare it adequately in various aspects. One, ensure it’s well cleaned, internally and externally. If you decide to transport dirty machinery, there’s a likelihood of the mud adding to the weight of your cargo, which directly impacts the amount you’ll pay for shipping.
You also need to disassemble as many parts as possible to make transportation manageable and ensure your equipment reaches its destination in good condition. Consider removing attachments and small parts that are likely to fall out during transit, such as gauges. It’s also advisable to discharge your battery to conserve the tool’s energy since you aren’t using it.
As part of preparing your equipment, ensure that all doors are well-locked and wrap the machinery where you deem necessary.
During transit, many things can happen, such as the loss of small components, as previously stated, and damage to your construction equipment. Therefore, it’s necessary to prepare a checklist that you’ll use to inspect the tool when it reaches its destination. Consider writing the list as detailed as possible, starting with the most important to the least important parts.
This article has discussed tips on how you can ensure you successfully ship your large construction equipment to another state. By implementing the advice given, you can guarantee that your shipping plan will be seamless.