Shipping heavy machinery overseas


Transporting all cargo types can be easy if you are selecting and trusting iShip it right for it. We can shift smoothly and efficiently ship construction equipment. Agricultural equipment, mining equipment, and more! No matter how bulky, large, or plump the cargo. A reliable freight forwarder can help transport any materials to and from virtually any port in the world.

Moving Heavy Machinery

Shipping heavy machinery is often a complicated process. It involves careful planning, attention to detail, and professional movers’ skills. Industries looking to move their heavy machinery need to understand that this task is not easy. They should ease their minds because an experienced company knows what to do.
Whether you are shipping assembly line machines, industrial robots, or large vehicles, you want your investment to arrive in pristine condition. Hiring heavy machinery moving company with experience in packaging and shipping large equipment is the most effective way to achieve successful outcomes and prevent a work stoppage.

There are few tips you might need before shipping heavy machinery overseas.


The first and far most important thing will be documentation. You will need proper documentation of your machinery, items ownership documents, and much more.

  • A certificate of title or original bill of sale to prove ownership of the equipment.
  • A packing list that details all of the equipment
  • Identification information of both the shipper and consignee.
  • A power of attorney form allowing iShip it Right to handle the shipment legally.

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


The next thing you will need is a complete checklist of what type of construction items, heavy machinery, or any other item you can ship overseas.

Different heavy items that can be shipped are mentioned below:

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

Usually, we transport equipment via container (typically 40 or 45 feet), roll-on/roll-off (RORO) vessel, or flat-rack. 

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Container Shipping for heavy shipping machinery overseas

Shipping your heavy machinery and large items through container could be a good idea too. Shipping containers contribute on a large scale when we talk about shipping cargo. If the moving company you are hiring does not have RORO services, you can ask them to ship your items through shipping containers. 

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However, transporting via container mandates that the client dismantles 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 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. 

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

Roll-on/Roll-off is transportation vessels mostly made for cargo shipping. They are specially designed to carry wheeled cargo such as cars, trucks, trailer trucks, etc.

RORO mostly drives the equipment on and off the ship. This service usually uses a wheels vehicle, such as self-propelled modular transporter. RORO differs from lift-on/lift-off(LOLO) vessels, which use a crane to load and unload cargo.

Similarly, a reliable freight forwarding company like iShip it Right can help clients determine the best shipping method based on their circumstances, the type and dimensions of the equipment, and the client’s budget.


Upon cargo arrival, you have to take these tips in a note.

Once the cargo arrives at its port of destination, clients should be aware that destination ports have their requirements and cargo regulations, including specific cleaning and inspection requirements. If you do not meet these requirements, your cargo will reject.

Read more: Things to consider while shipping internationally.

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lifting containers

How to lift a shipping container

Handling and lifting containers can become stressful. We sometimes need a proper method to lift a shipping container. Tools that are used to lift containers can vary.

In this article, we will talk about some of the best tools out there that can be used for lifting the containers.

The high cost of container lifting equipment means they are typically only found in locations with high container throughput. These often act as “freight hubs”. However, handling containers outside of these hubs can be a challenge, and is usually solved by contracting a mobile container handling service, such as a truck crane, side loader, or tilt-bed truck. Fortunately, new container lifting solutions are emerging that make owning your own container handling equipment much more affordable.

Typer of Container lifting tools

  • Container Lifting Jacks
  • Gantry Crane
  • Reach Stacker
  • ForkLift
  • Truck Crane

Container Lifting Jacks

Container lifting jacks are very effective and portable lifting tools. They are portable and cost-effective. Used to lift the containers in locations with lower container volume. There are multiple models in this tool and different models will lift containers weighing 32,000 kg or 70,000 lb.


  • Can lift heavy containers
  • Handles all container types
  • Cost-effective
  • Works in tight spaces
  • Portable, on-site, and between different sites


  • Does not stack containers
  • Does not move containers around on site


Gantry cranes are huge cranes that are used to lift containers from ships. They are situated at the dockside. Gantry Cranes can move up and down a dock, but they are usually fixed to one location. They are very costly and most of the companies look for alternatives because of their prices.

They are used widely on ports. There are smaller, rail-mounted or rubber tire gantry cranes are available.

They are used for lifting, moving, and stacking shipping containers.


  • Gantry Cranes are fast and efficient.
  • They are used where high turn over of containers are used.


  • They are very expensive.
  • Installing and maintenance are very costly.
  • They are limited to one site.

Reach Stacker

A reach stacker is a fast and efficient option for handling containers. Capable of lifting very heavy containers, a reach stacker can move single containers around on-site,. They are also used to transfer the containers between the ground, the stack, rail wagons, and chassis. They depend on the model because some reach stacker models can stack up to 2-3 containers at the same time with different height and size.

Reach stackers are automated and controlled from the driver’s seat without assistance from personnel on the ground. All this functionality comes at a cost though, with prices for new machines starting at around USD 500,000.


  • Reach Stackers are very fast and efficient.
  • They are automated. you often don’t need assistance or a person from the ground.
  • They can stack containers.


  • Just like Gantry cranes, Reach Stackers are also very expensive.
  • They can be used on only one site.


Forklifts are an indispensable piece of equipment you will see in most manufacturing and warehousing operations. Although they are mainly used for moving general materials over short distances, a high capacity forklift can also be used to lift and move empty and lightweight containers if the need arises.


  • Multi-purpose equipment.
  • They are cost-effective.


  • They are limited, can handle only one type of container at a time.
  • They are mobile but at a larger level, they can be only used at one site

Truck Crane

This container lifting equipment is mounted on a truck carrier.
They are not the same as side loaders.
A truck crane will lower containers to anywhere within the arc of a truck crane’s reach. However, this reach is limited by the weight of containers.

A truck crane is really only suitable if you need to lift empty or lightly loaded shipping containers. Typically a truck crane will only handle 20′ containers. The price tag sits at around USD 250,000 for the lifting apparatus, plus the cost of the truck.


  • They are very useful in handling containers in confined spaces.
  • They are mobile and can be used at multiple sites.
  • Truck cranes can lifts and transports more than one container.


  • They are unable to lift heavy containers.
  • They are expensive.
  • Truck Crane cannot handle all types of containers.

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House hold goods moving

How to ship household goods​

When shipping your belongings across the country, what’s most important — finding a household goods mover who will keep your belongings secure, having your goods delivered quickly, or keeping rates low? With iShip it Right, you don’t have to choose. Our moving service saves both time and money whether  shipping an entire home or just a few pieces of furniture and boxes. Explore the options and compare costs to see how iShip it Right keeps shipping rates low.

Options for shipping household goods​

iShip it Right has flexibility for moves both big and small. And our different options allow you to customize the move depending on your needs. Our three delivery options are:

  • Door-to-door shipping. A trailer or iShip it Right services is delivered to your home. You then have up to three business days to load items before the equipment is picked up for delivery. You’ll have three business days to unload, too.
  • Terminal-to-terminal delivery. Ideal for small moves or people who are looking for the lowest rates possible. Loading and unloading at a local service center is a great way to save on pickup and delivery costs
  • Hybrid move (terminal-to-door or door-to-terminal). Going to a service center on one end of the move and having equipment delivered to your home on the other end. It’s another option to help save money and build a customized move.