How to Transport Construction Equipment Overseas

How to Transport Construction Equipment Overseas

Transporting all types of cargo can be easy with an experienced international shipping company like K International Transport Co. Inc. We can easily and efficiently ship construction equipment, agricultural equipment, mining equipment, and more! No matter how bulky, large, or heavy the cargo, a reliable freight forwarder can help transport any materials to and from virtually any port in the world.

Documentation You’ll Need Before Shipping Construction Equipment Overseas

To begin the process of shipping heavy construction equipment overseas, clients must submit the necessary documents to K International. The necessary documents typically include:

(1) A certificate of title or original bill of sale to prove ownership of the equipment.

(2) A packing list that details all of the equipment being shipped.

(3) Identification information of both the shipper and consignee.

(4) A power of attorney form allowing K International to legally handle the shipment.

A freight forwarding company may also expect prepayment in the form of a deposit or payment in full before shipping construction equipment overseas.

Types of Construction Equipment You Can Ship Overseas

Once we have the proper documents, K International can export virtually all construction machinery, including (but not limited to):

  • Volvo Wheel loaders (models L260H, L220H, L180HHL, L70H, and more)
  • Komatsu Hydraulic Excavators (models PC01, PC8000, PC700LC, and more)
  • CAT Bulldozers (models D6R, D6H, D8n, D8r, and more)

We can also easily ship other heavy construction equipment from Volvo, Hitachi, Komatsu, Caterpillar, and Kobelco, including:

  • Excavators
  • Motor Graders
  • Dump Trucks
  • Continuous Miners
  • Cranes
  • Agricultural Equipment
  • Scientific Equipment
  • Mining Equipment
  • Stone Trenchers
  • Stone Cutters
  • Large Parts

Equipment can be transported via container (typically 40 or 45 feet), roll-on/roll-off (RORO) vessel, or flat-rack.

Container Shipping for Transporting Construction Equipment Overseas

Shipping via container can be a good method of transporting construction equipment overseas, especially static (non-moving) equipment and to ports that do not have RORO service. However, transporting via container mandates that the client dismantle the equipment into separate parts that will fit in a container. Note that this requires someone to put the equipment back together again when it arrives at the destination port.

Often, transporting equipment via shipping containers can provide savings in the form of lower freight costs and duty rates. However, if the shipper is not dismantling and reassembling the equipment themselves, they may have to pay for these services.

Equipment that exceeds the width and height of a container, can be transported on a flat rack. Flat racks only have two sides to allow especially bulky equipment room to stick out of the container during transport. However, flat-racks require additional handling and the use of a crane and thus can be fairly expensive.

Roll-On/Roll-Off (RORO) Transportation Vessels

With RORO service, wheeled and self-propelled equipment can be driven onto vessels in the United States, and driven off when the equipment reaches its destination port. Once it is on the vessel, the equipment is strapped to the deck to ensure that it doesn’t move during transport. This is often a simple and affordable method of shipping heavy construction equipment with the required parameters for RORO.

A reliable freight forwarding company like K International can help clients determine the best shipping method based on their circumstances, the type and dimensions of the equipment, and the client’s budget.

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Photo by Bernd Dittrich @hdbernd

International Shipping to Any Global Port

Many clients in the United States seek to transport heavy construction equipment overseas such as excavators, cranes, bulldozers, dump trucks, and stone cutters. For clients transporting such machinery, a freight forwarding company may offer to pick up the equipment and transport it to a port in the United States via trucking services. For clients that need help transporting their equipment from their location to the port of origin, K International offers inland shipping and transportation services through an insured and trusted trucking mover.

K International can ship from virtually all ports of origin in the United States, including:

  • New York
  • Baltimore
  • Charleston
  • Savannah
  • Jacksonville
  • Houston
  • Oakland
  • Long Beach
  • Seattle
  • Tacoma
  • and more!

Equipment will be loaded onto a vessel or into a 20’, 40’, or 45’ container. Finally, the cargo may be shipped to virtually any port in the world, including (but not limited to) ports located in:

  • The Middle East (in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, and Oman)
  • Latin America (in Panama, Peru, Chile, Brazil, and Ecuador)
  • Europe (in the UK, Germany, and Spain),
  • Africa (in Ghana, Nigeria, Angola, Ivory Coast, Togo, and Egypt)

This list is not exclusive. K International can transport heavy construction equipment to almost any port in the world, including those not listed above. All it takes to transport heavy equipment from Kobelco, Komatsu, Caterpillar, Hitachi, Volvo, etc. to any international port is a call or email to an experienced agent at K International.

Upon Cargo Arrival: What You Need to Be Aware of

Once the cargo arrives at its port of destination, clients should be aware that destination ports have their own requirements and regulations for cargo, including specific cleaning and inspection requirements. If these requirements are not met, the cargo may be rejected.

With a reliable international shipping company like K International, shipping heavy construction equipment from brands including Kobelco, Komatsu, Hitachi, Caterpillar, Volvo, and more can be hassle-free and affordable. Ship equipment including excavators, bulldozers, cranes, dump trucks, stone cutters, and mining equipment, with affordable and efficient international shipping services.

Choose K International Transport Co. Inc.

For more information regarding our international construction equipment shipping services or K International, please call 212-267-6400 or send an email to You can also reach out to us on Skype at kinternationalny. For a fast and accurate international shipping quote, please visit our rate request page where you can receive a custom shipping rate by simply entering the dimensions of your cargo and desired ports. Thanks for choosing K International!