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Shipping a Tractor

In the farming industry, it is extremely common to have the need for tractor shipping services. Shipping a tractor isn’t easy especially if it is heavy duty and large. It takes the right shipping equipment to even ship a large tractor to another location safely. Luckily, due to the large demand for tractor shipping services, it’s easy to find reliable transporters capable of carrying out a tractor transport successfully.

Shipping a Tractor

Most oversized tractors are shipped atop a flatbed trailer. The equipment is then secured using heavy duty fasteners, chains, straps and other shipping gear and technology. In some cases, the hauler pulling the trailer is then followed by security cars to assure cleared distance between the driver and other cars on the road at that time. A sign stating “oversize load” may also be on the back of the trailer to issue further warning.

Shipping a Tractor Internationally

With the widespread use of tractors in the agricultural industry, it is easy to find transport companies that offer international heavy equipment shipping services. As long as they have ships and the proper gear to secure the tractor, it can make its way overseas safely. Depending on the size and weight of the tractor, you may have several shipping options.

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In most cases, your tractor will be shipped via the RO/RO or LO/LO method. These are both open air shipping services for international transports. RO/RO means that the tractor must drive onto the ship where it is secured. LO/LO is best for inoperable tractors. It requires a hydraulic lift to assist the tractor onto the ship by lifting it.


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Another form of international delivery includes shipping the tractor inside a container. Of course, the tractor would have to meet the size and weight stipulations to use this method. However, if this method is an option for you, the tractor will need very specific preparation. This includes draining the fluids and disconnecting the battery along with removing loose parts. Make sure you prepare the tractor right or it may get denied container shipping when the day comes.

To lawfully ship your tractor internationally, it must meet the requirements of the nation’s import policy. This is difficult in most cases. The laws can be strict and hard to follow. Fortunately, your transport professionals will assist you with this process. They’ll help you gather the right documents and meet all requirements to gain Customs approval.

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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