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Heavy Equipment Shipping Rates

Heavy Equipment Shipping Rates
Heavy Equipment Shipping Rates

What to look for and how to find the best heavy equipment shipping rates

thought of shipping a piece of heavy equipment can be stressful if you purchased or are looking to purchase one.

Don’t worry, we’re going to make it easy for you

There are several things that influence heavy equipment shipping rates.

  • The overall size of the shipment
  • The weight of the shipment
  • The type of vehicle
  • How fast you need something shipped
  • The country or region you are trying to ship to
  • Delivery method
  • Whether the location is on a major shipping route
  • Insurance
  • Fuel prices

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that it will be cheaper for you to ship something regionally within the United States than it would be to ship it across foreign borders.

Here’s what you need to do first

You need to do a little homework before you pick up the phone.

Ask yourself this question

“Do I want to ship this on my own or hire help?”

Domestic shipping is hard enough as it is. Now, try and imagine how much more difficult international shipping is.

Do you want to try and take that on? Probably not.

But that doesn’t mean you can skip the homework part. It still needs to be done.

This is how you can get even cheaper prices

Plug your trip into the Travel Math driving calculator. This useful resource will tell you how far something is, it will tell you the estimated fuel costs, how long the drive takes, and a lot of other useful information.

The more you know, the better heavy equipment shipping rate you can negotiate.

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That was step one – here’s step two

Open your browser again and visit Equipment World’s spec guide. Find your piece of heavy equipment in that list and write down its specifications. You need to find out how much it weighs, its dimensions, and the type of engine it uses.

Try this method too

You can try World Freight Rate’s heavy equipment shipping calculator if you want a rough estimate of the heavy equipment shipping rates from point A to point B. It isn’t perfect, but it will help you understand how much you should expect to pay.

This may seem like a lot of work, but a few simple searches can save you hundreds to thousands of dollars. If you don’t like saving money, feel free to skip this step.

But there’s more

Another easy way to reduce your heavy equipment shipping rates, especially in the United States, is to try and ship your machinery along major transportation routes.

This is one of the easiest ways for you to say money while transporting large shipments across the country.

This next step is a lot easier

Now you have to choose which shipping method you want to use after determining all of the necessary specs for your piece of heavy equipment.

The most common methods for shipping heavy equipment include:

  • Roll-On/Roll-Off (RoRo)
  • Flat Rack Shipping
  • Container Shipping
  • Life On/Lift-Off (LoLo)


Shipping heavy equipment is a little more challenging than a regular vehicle. But the two types of vehicles share a lot of similarities when it comes to shipping.

All those shipping methods lifted above are viable options for shipping your heavy equipment, but the one you choose will depend on your budget, how soon you need your machinery delivered, and where you are shipping it.

By now you are probably sensing a common theme. Heavy equipment shipping rates are heavily influenced by time, distance, weight, and size.


RoRo is one of the most popular methods for shipping vehicles.

The vehicle is simply loaded by driving it on to a flatbed ship. This tends to be one of the more effective and cheaper options, but in some cases, there are strict height and weight restrictions.

One of the reasons why this is the best method is how easy it is to load and unload the shipped vehicle.

Flat Rack Shipping

Flat rack shipping is often used to ship boats, RVs and other pieces of heavy equipment.

The shipment is secured on flat racks that sit atop of the ship. This method is a cheap alternative to some of the more expensive methods, but it does leave your machinery exposed to the open air.

Container Shipping

Container shipping is the most recognized form of shipping when it comes to international trade. We’ve all seen them at some point.

One of the main reasons to choose container shipping (if your heavy equipment fits) is because it provides an additional layer of protection by shielding your machinery from the elements.


LoLo is typically the more expensive option because of the extra labor required to prepare your shipment.

This method involves your shipment being loaded and unloaded from a ship using a crane.

It is usually used for non-operable vehicles like farm equipment, disabled heavy machinery, or large engines.

Heavy Equipment Shipping Rates

Your close – now what?

One question that a lot of people forget to ask is whether their shipping company carries insurance. Most companies will carry the minimum amount required.

You’ll need to find out whether the cost of your heavy equipment is covered and whether you want to purchase additional insurance to protect it.

Base level insurance may be more than enough if you are shipping heavy equipment regionally within the United States or to a safe country like France or England. However, you’ll probably want to increase your protection if you are shipping longer distances to dangerous countries.

This is how you can save even more on heavy equipment shipping rates

Work with a reputable shipping company. This isn’t a marketing ploy to get you to strike a deal.

It’s the truth.

Reputable shipping companies have spent decades developing their contacts. They know which companies are offering the best rates at a specific time.

You can certainly try and ship a piece of heavy equipment on your own – and you may get a great price – but more often than not you will pay more.

Shipping companies know all the right people, have domestic and international connections, and understand the market.

Getting the best price possible can be difficult unless you have that knowledge.

That’s where we step in

Here at A-1 Auto Transport, we believe in being transparent and offering the best rates. The shipping industry is complex and competitive and there is no need to pay more than you have to.

If you are feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of shipping a piece of heavy equipment, get into touch with us and we will do our best to clear it up for you.

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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.

The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.

When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!

I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?

So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.

I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!

The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!

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I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.

After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.

Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.

By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

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We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.

We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!

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Trans Global Auto Logistics, Inc.
3401 E Randol Mill Rd
Arlington, TX 76011
NO. 018191NF
CFR Rinkens
15501 Texaco Avenue
Paramount, CA 90723
NO. 013055NF
ABC Worldwide LLC
2840 NW 2nd Ave #105
Boca Raton, FL 33431
NO. 025472F
CSI Logistics
435 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
FMC 22206
Intl Cargo
45 Campus drive
Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
ShipYourCarNow LLC
1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487
NO. 025646
Merco Air & Ocean Cargo, Inc.
6 Fir Way
Cooper City, FL 33026
NO. 021869F
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