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Shipping a Forklift

Forklifts are perhaps one of the most common pieces of heavy equipment. They are needed in a number of industries which makes the demand for them even higher. Due to the high demand for forklifts, there is also a need for shipping services. Shipping a forklift is a risky job but nothing that professional transporters can’t handle. Luckily, many transport companies offer services specifically for heavy equipment.

Shipping a Forklift

Forklifts usually fall under this category. Their large size, complex design and heavy weight make them too difficult to ship without the right transport technology or equipment.

There are several different forklift designs. All of them have different qualities but carry the same goal, to lift and move heavy objects. To do this safely, the design of a forklift is made of durable quality materials that increase its weight to support the weight of the objects it lifts. To transport such a heavy piece of equipment, it is absolutely necessary to hire a licensed, professional transporter.

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How Forklifts Are Transported by Professionals

To ship a forklift domestically, you’ll have a couple options. Most customers ship their forklifts using an open air method. The forklift is secured to the top of a trailer for delivery. However, not all forklift shipping customers are comfortable leaving their equipment susceptible to outside elements during the transport. If you want more protection, ask about container shipping methods.


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Container shipping methods are very safe, protecting the forklift from bad weather, poor road conditions, and vandalism. Not all transport companies will have containers large enough, but depending on the size and design of your forklift, this may very well be an option. If you decide to use this form of transport, your forklift must undergo the required preparation. Usually this includes draining the fluids and securing loose parts.

Regardless of the transport method and shipping services purchased, all transport companies are required to carry the minimum amount of insurance coverage. Ask about their insurance coverage and what it covers. You should have insurance for the entire value of the forklift during its transport.

Joe Webster

Written by Joe Webster

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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