When it comes to the safe delivery of your valuable machinery or equipment, whether it's moving across the country or being transported around the world, Navis Pack & Ship is your trusted partner. We understand the unique challenges that come with freight shipping, and that's why we offer innovative solutions to ensure your items arrive in perfect condition.

With over 30 years of experience, Navis Pack & Ship is a trusted provider for shipping heavy equipment, machinery, industrial equipment, and palletized freight. We work closely with our carrier partners to ensure that your equipment is matched with the most appropriate mode of transport. Our team carefully considers factors such as weight and size to determine the best fit, whether it be flat-beds, low-boy trailers, step-deck trailers, open or enclosed car carriers, or any other necessary vehicles, including overseas or air cargo options.

One of the ways we make the shipping process convenient for you is by providing on-site pick-up and packing services. This means you don't have to worry about bringing your machinery or equipment to us – we'll come to you. Our team of experts will carefully assess your items and engineer custom wood crates that are specifically designed to prevent abrasion, vibration, shock, and moisture damage. We know how important it is to protect your valuable assets during transit, and our crates are built to withstand the toughest conditions.

What is Considered a Heavy Shipment?

A heavy shipment is characterized by exceeding size limits and requiring dimensional flexibility. The maximum permitted load width is 8.5 feet (102 inches), with a maximum height of 102 inches. The legal length for such shipments generally falls within the range of 48 to 53 feet. Moreover, any load weighing over 46,000 pounds is deemed oversized. 

In the United States, a wide or oversize freight is defined as a load that surpasses a width of 8’6” (2.59 m). Typically, flatbed trucks are used to transport these types of loads. Examples of items falling under the category of equipment and machinery include cars, trucks, tractors, cranes, forklifts, and large auto parts. For a comprehensive list of legal permits for oversized loads, please consult the provided DOT resource. 

Important Considerations for Shipping Heavy Equipment:

When shipping heavy equipment, it is crucial to consider various factors. The nature of your cargo will determine the most suitable shipping method. However, beyond transportation, there are other vital aspects that may apply to your shipment:

  • Determine the most suitable method of shipment based on the type of cargo, whether it be ground, air, sea, or a combination.
  • It is crucial to understand and ensure compliance with the specific permits and licenses required for the transportation of your equipment, as regulations vary by country.
  • Consider whether bracing, blocking, and crating are necessary to secure the equipment during transit.
  • Allow sufficient time to prepare the destination point for receiving the cargo.
  • Confirm whether specialized equipment is needed for loading and offloading and communicate this to relevant parties.
  • When it comes to packaging your cargo, it is important to consider whether your shipment requires ISPM 15 certified custom wood crates, tarps, pallets, and containers.
  • Ensure any necessary preparation is undertaken before loading to prevent damage.
  • Anticipate any challenges during transportation, such as traversing difficult terrains, and plan accordingly.
  • Inform the shipping company if special packaging is required to protect the cargo from corrosion.
  • If unsure, consult the user's manual for shipping recommendations.

Specialized Heavy Equipment Shipping Services

With Navis Pack & Ship, you can have peace of mind knowing that your machinery or equipment is in safe hands. Our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction sets us apart from the competition. No matter the size or complexity of your shipment, we have the expertise and resources to handle it with care and precision.

Navis Pack & Ship is your trusted partner for all your logistics needs, whether you are looking to relocate industrial machinery, shipping medical equipment, or downsize and consolidate your office equipment, Navis ensures seamless logistics. Our expertise in transporting heavy equipment lies in specialized packing and shipping services including but not limited to:

  1. Artwork
  2. Furniture
  3. Computer servers
  4. Commercial equipment
  5. Industrial equipment
  6. Medical equipment
  7. Military equipment
  8. Mining equipment
  9. Motorcycles, ATVs
  10. Technology equipment

Navis Professional Machinery Packing and Shipping Services.

  1. Rust Proofing: Shipping can expose machinery to salt air, increasing the risk of corrosion. Rust proofing is an effective method to delay or prevent corrosion of heavy metal equipment. Various types of rust proofing, such as galvanization, painting and coating, and plating, can protect the metal and isolate it from corrosive elements.
  2. Shrink Wrapping: Harsh weather conditions during transportation can cause severe damage to machinery. Shrink wrapping is essential to prevent exposure to corrosive damage. This specialized plastic wrap seals in clean, treated air and keeps out damaging salt air, creating a custom plastic shipping container.
  3. Barrier Bags: Our moisture 3D barrier bags, also known as high barrier bags, heat seal bags, or vapor barrier bags, are specifically designed to protect moisture-vapor sensitive products from corrosion. These bags contain an inner layer of aluminum, offering the lowest oxygen and moisture vapor transmission rates of any flexible material. In fact, they are 80 times more effective than 500-gauge-thick polyethylene! With our moisture barrier bags, you can be confident that your sensitive products will be well protected during shipping.
  4. Custom Wood Crates: Our custom wood crates are specifically designed to fit the dimensions of your equipment, ensuring a snug and secure fit. Made from high-quality ISPM 15 compliant wood packing materials, these crates are built to withstand the rigors of transportation around the world. Navis Pack & Ship crates are customized to include additional padding or cushioning, further safeguarding your equipment during transit.
  5. Containerization: International shipments require extra care and protection. Containerization is a crucial aspect of the global trade industry, safeguarding the shipment from humidity and extreme freezing temperatures. The benefits of containerization include reduced loss and damage costs, lower transportation and warehouse costs, and the ability to temporarily store equipment.
  6. Rail Car Tie Down: If shipping heavy equipment by rail, compliance with government transport regulations is necessary. Rail car tie downs ensure the secure transportation of equipment and machinery until they reach their destination.
  7. Break Bulk Services: Heavy equipment and machines that do not fit into standard shipping containers are considered break bulk cargo. Break bulk services provide a cost-effective option to ship large cargo without dismantling the machine. Upon arrival at the destination, the shipment is ready to be dispatched quickly and conveniently.

Shipping Heavy Equipment using Custom Crates & Barrier Bags

Check out this video created by Jade Colebrook from Navis Pack & Ship of Salt Lake City. For this heavy machine, Navis used barrier bags to provide an extra layer of protection. These heavy-duty bags are resistant to tears, punctures, and moisture. Designed to fit your equipment snugly, they prevent any movement during transportation. Learn how our Navis professional efficiently and securely packs heavy equipment using 3D barrier bags and ISPM-15 certified custom wood crates, ensuring ultimate protection during international shipping. 

How Much Does It Cost to Ship Equipment?

At Navis Pack & Ship, we pride ourselves on offering hassle-free solutions for our customers. We understand that the cost of shipping can vary depending on factors such as quantity, dimensions, weight, destination, and preferred shipping service. 

With a wide range of shipping modes and rates available, we are able to accommodate any budget and delivery requirement. Whether you need to transport machinery domestically or internationally, we have the right solution for you.

Call Navis for a Heavy Equipment Shipping Quote

When it comes to shipping large and heavy materials, Navis Pack & Ship offers unmatched convenience. The cost of equipment shipping is influenced by various factors, including the number of items, dimensions, weight, destination, and chosen shipping service. 

For a personalized quote tailored to your shipping needs, we encourage you to contact a Navis location in your area. Our team is ready to assist you with all your shipping requirements. Reach out to us today to get started.

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