5 Tips For Shipping Equipment Overseas

When shipping equipment overseas you need to know the basic best practices that will shipping equipment overseasensure a successful transaction. Attempting to ship overseas with no experience and without the right information could lead to wasted time and money.

Follow these five simple guidelines to aid in the successful shipment of your aerial lifts.


1) Collaborate with an expert.

Shipping internationally for the first time? You might want to call for backup. If you’re unfamiliar with the process, enlisting someone with experience to help you may prevent delays or unexpected costs.

Try calling upon an experienced Customs Broker, Freight Forwarder, or your country’s Customs, International Trade, Commerce, or Import/Export department. They’ll take care of all the paperwork and logistics involved.


2) Have all the facts.

The key is to find out what is involved before you sell or bid on aerial equipment. What are the shipping costs? Import and export duties? Are there any local and international regulations or restrictions that could cause roadblocks?

You will also need to communicate your equipment’s specs to your Freight Forwarder including weight and dimensions. Your Freight Forwarder will advise you on the best way to ship the equipment, even if it means dismantling the machine so it can fit the shipping container.


3) Check on taxes and duties. 

Are you shipping to a trade-free zone?  For example, if you buy an item from an auction site in Corso, Italy, St. Aubin sur Gaillon, France, or Dubai, you are buying from a trade-free zone. Any item you ship from those locations will be exempt from local duty and taxes. Only local custom taxes and fees will apply if the machine stays in the same export zone or country.


4) Determine if there are import and export restrictions.

You must find out if the equipment you’re shipping is allowed under the authority of an import permit. You’ll also need to find out about the local environmental and safety regulations of the shipping destination.

Remember to consider quarantine requirements, too. There are a lot of countries that won’t permit entry to vehicles or equipment that could be infected with pests lurking in the soil stuck to tires. Find a reputable, certified equipment cleaner to remove that shipping hurdle.


5) Set a realistic budget.

Here’s a checklist of costs associated with shipping overseas you’ll need to consider when setting the budget for your shipment:

  • Packaging your equipment
  • Professional cleaning of the equipment
  • Freight Forwarder and/or Customs Broker
  • Carriage charges
  • Import/export taxes and duty
  • Insurance
  • Loading costs
  • Origin/destination terminal charges
  • Delivery to port and final destination

Want to learn more about buying and shipping internationally? Contact the helpful sales team at Coast to Coast Equipment.

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