International Shipping for Construction and Heavy Equipment.

International Shipping for Construction and Heavy Equipment.

Along with shipping cars, transporting construction equipment overseas is one of the most popular international shipping services sought by clients. You can transport virtually any equipment from ports in the United States, including excavators, cranes, stone trenchers, dump trucks, stone cutters, bulldozers, and more! No matter how heavy or bulky the construction equipment or heavy equipment is, it can be transported to virtually any international port from ports in and around New York, Virginia, Maryland, Georgia, Florida, Texas, and California.

Although the process may seem difficult due to the size and weight of the cargo, a reliable and experienced international shipping company like K International Transport can safely ship almost any type of equipment. All for an affordable price!

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There are some decisions that shipping clients and freight forwarding companies must make together before transporting heavy cargo overseas. The decisions include the method of shipping (RORO or container), the port of origin and the destination port, and the inclusion of other services like door to port transportation.

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RORO or Container Shipping for Construction Equipment?

There are several options for international construction equipment shipping that you and the freight forwarder can discuss prior to shipping. The most popular and hassle-free option is RORO (roll-on/roll-off) shipping. With RORO, the equipment can be driven right onto the vessel and fastened in for the journey overseas. However, the heavy equipment must be wheeled and self-propelled in order to use RORO. Keep in mind that some international ports cannot provide RORO service.

The other option is shipping via container. In this case, the client would pay the price of the container and the construction equipment would have to be dismantled and eventually put back together when it arrives at the destination port. Luckily, an experienced freight forwarder like K International Transport can include rigging and dismantling services in the international construction and high-heavy equipment shipping services.  

There are pros and cons with both methods. With RORO clients can save money and time by eliminating the need for a container or dismantling services. Unfortunately, clients may not have the option for RORO due to the type of equipment or the port capabilities. With container shipping, clients should consider whether they are capable of putting their equipment back together when it arrives. No matter which method you choose, K International Transport can offer inland trucking and transportation services to transport the equipment from door to port in the U.S.

Which Ports can we Ship Heavy Equipment to?

K International Transport can offer great deals to transport construction equipment to several ports in Western Europe, the Middle East, South America, and West Africa from the United States. Some of these ports include:

  • Southampton, UK
  • Tema, Ghana
  • Lagos, Nigeria
  • Casablanca, Morocco
  • Dakar, Senegal
  • Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Shuwaikh, Kuwait
  • Hodeidah, Yemen
  • Sohar, Oman
  • Said or Alexandria, Egypt

This list is not exclusive. K International Transport can work with clients to transport equipment to almost any port in the world, even to those not listed above. All it takes is a call or email to an agent at K International Transport, and you can efficiently and economically transport heavy equipment from Kobelco, Komatsu, Caterpillar, Hitachi, or other companies to any port in the world with reliable international construction equipment shipping services.

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What Do You Need for International Construction Equipment Shipping?

The first step to transporting your crane, excavator, or bulldozer with K International Transport is to get a quote for the shipment. To get a quote, contact the freight forwarding company or visit the rate request page, which can be a handy tool to estimate the price of your shipment. There is certain information about the cargo you must know to get an accurate rate, including the dimensions of the equipment which consist of the length, width, height and weight. The freight forwarding company will also need to know the year, make, and model of the heavy equipment. You should also decide which port you will need to ship to, which method you may want to use (RORO or container), and whether you will need inland trucking and transportation services for door to port transport or dismantling services.

Once K International Transport gives you the lowest possible rate for your equipment, you can proceed with the shipment by telling an agent your preferred schedule for export, submitting the necessary documents, and paying the price in full. Some required documents include the title of the equipment, the identification of the shipper and the consignee, and a power of attorney form. Once the process has started, K International Transport will take care of their client’s cargo every step of the way, including customs regulations at the destination port.

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With a reliable international shipping company like K International, transporting heavy construction equipment from Kobelco/Komatsu/Hitachi/Caterpillar, including excavators, bulldozers, cranes, and more is hassle-free and affordable. Call us at 212-267-6400 or send us an email at You can also reach out to us on Skype at kinternationalny. We look forward to working with you!