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Exporting Heavy Equipment Internationally

A vast variety of heavy equipment in the U.S. is shipped internationally, particularly in the agricultural industry. In the trucking industry, that can mean transporting heavy haul loads into foreign countries directly to the recipient, for shipping by air, or delivering it to docks where it will be sent by ship to destinations around the world.


Shipments can encompass anything from oil rigs, aircraft engines and construction equipment to mining equipment and harvesters. On occasion, heavy haulers are called upon to haul some unusual items. A heavy hauler recently made headlines on social media and broadcast news when seen transporting the world’s largest cast iron skillet down a Tennessee highway. The skillet was destined for the soon-to-open Lodge Cast Iron Museum in South Pittsburg, TN.

Exporting heavy equipment requires multiple steps. Heavy haulers can’t simply show up at the dock or cross into Canada or Mexico with a load. Specialized documentation is required and heavy hauling companies are well-versed in the paperwork needed to prevent any difficulties or delays.

To pass through customs, a commercial invoice and certificate of origin will need to be presented. When exporting by ship, a bill of lading is required and depending on the cargo, a certificate of conformity may be needed. Any loads being shipped by plane will also need an air waybill.

A dock or warehouse receipt documenting proper labeling and accountability will be needed to load the cargo. Moving cargo internationally requires an insurance certificate, export packing list, export license, and inspection certificate to be presented. That doesn’t include the port-specific documents that are required.

Heavy haul companies utilize state-of-the-art logistics technology and part of the services provided by a heavy haul company is mapping the best route for optimal travel times and delivery. Sometimes the straightest line between the point of origin and destination isn’t a straight line. Logistics will be focused on the quickest and safest route that enables clients to get their cargo where it needs to be in the most efficient way.

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Evidence of Quality Heavy Equipment Export Service

The success of any heavy equipment exporting relies on the experience and expertise of the heavy hauler company. It doesn’t matter whether the equipment’s destination is Canada, Mexico or somewhere overseas, it’s essential that people choose the right heavy hauler. The following are some things to keep in mind when hiring a heavy hauler for export services.

Compare Costs for Heavy Equipment Export

Exporting equipment is a highly complicated and complex process. Obtain quotes from at least three companies. Let the old adage “you get what you pay for” be a guide. Exporting heavy equipment and similar items is expensive. Heavy haulers that brag about cheap pricing may offer those services, but neglect essential steps to actually get equipment across borders. A contract should explain in exacting detail what the company provides.


Talk with friends and others in the industry to discover who they’ve used to haul their equipment and if they were happy with the services provided. Look for a heavy hauler that provides end-to-end services that include loading, transport and the paperwork required.


A reputable heavy hauler will have a variety of trailers available to accommodate the needs of multiple types of equipment to be transported. The tractors and trailers should be well-maintained and the company will be able to load equipment safely.

Safety First

Heavy hauler companies pride themselves – and build their reputations upon – safe delivery of the equipment they transport. Look into the company’s safety record. Equipment should be cleaned before loading, safely secured, and haulers must adhere to best practices. That also includes mapping out the quickest and safest route, along with providing an escort vehicle when required.


Exporting anything to another company requires specialized documentation to make it through customs. Each country has specific licensing, legal requirements, and paperwork that’s required. Reliable heavy haulers are familiar with those documents and are able to supply them so the client’s cargo doesn’t languish in a holding area or on a dock.

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