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As a true blue Aussie worker, you understand the importance of reliable machinery to get the job done. Whether you’re in construction, mining, or agriculture, having the right equipment is crucial to your success. But what happens when you need to import oversized machinery you need to Australia?

It can be a daunting task, but with the right information and resources, you can make it happen. Putting the right equipment you need on the ground and ready for use.

In this blog post, we’ll explore the process of shipping oversized machinery to Australia and how you can get a quote today.

Before we dive into the logistics of shipping oversized machinery, let’s define what we mean by “oversized.”

What is Oversized Machinery?

In Australia, the maximum dimensions for a vehicle and trailer combination are 2.5 meters wide, 4.3 meters high, and 12.5 meters long. Anything larger than this is considered oversized and requires special permits and escorts to transport.

Oversized machinery can come in many forms, from bulldozers and excavators to cranes and drilling rigs. Machines that are essential for many industries; but challenging to transport due to their size and weight.

Shipping Methods for Oversized Equipment

When it comes to shipping oversized machinery to Australia, there are several options available.

The most common methods are:

Roll-on/Roll-off (RoRo)

Roll-on Roll-off shipping, commonly referred to as “RoRo shipping” is a popular choice for oversized machinery because it allows the equipment to be driven onto a specialised vessel and secured for transport.

This method is ideal for self-propelled machinery such as bulldozers and excavators, as well as equipment that can’t fit within a standard shipping container.

Common Shipping Container Dimensions

Flat Rack Containers

Shipping in flat rack containers is another option for moving oversized machinery to Australia.

Flat rack shipping containers consist of a base and short sides, but have no long sides or roof. This makes loading oversized equipment from the top or sides easier. 

The construction of flat rack containers is sturdier than a standard shipping container, which makes them ideal for overweight and heavy loads. Flat racks are ideal for machinery and equipment that cannot be driven onto a vessel, such as cranes and drilling rigs.

Break Bulk Shipping

Break bulk shipping involves loading oversized machinery onto a vessel piece by piece. Stowed as cargo in shipping containers.

This method is ideal for machinery that cannot fit into a container or onto a flat rack. Equipment that can be taken apart into sub-assembly units that are easily crated are commonly shipped in this way.

Breakbulk cargo is great for protecting your machinery is transit, however it requires specialised equipment and can be more expensive than other methods.

Obtaining Permits & Escorts for Shipping Oversized Machinery

Transporting oversized machinery into and around Australia requires special permits and escorts.

Permits are issued by state and territory road authorities and allow oversized vehicles to travel on certain roads during specific times.

Escorts (escort vehicles, also called pilot vehicles are public safety vehicles) accompany an oversized load and are required to ensure the safety of the equipment, the public and other road users.

The number of escorts required depends on the size and weight of the machinery. For example, a bulldozer weighing over 100 tonnes may require up to four escorts.

Getting a Quote for Oversized Machinery Shipping

The cost of shipping depends on several factors – including the size and weight of the machinery, the shipping method, and the distance travelled.

To get an accurate quote, you’ll need to provide detailed information about the machinery and the transport requirements. This may include:

  • Dimensions and weight of the machinery
  • Pick-up and delivery locations
  • Shipping method
  • Required permits and escorts

Once you have gathered this information, contact a reputable shipping company that specialises in oversized machinery transport. Their experience and deep understanding of the industry will allow them to provide you with a quote based on your specific requirements. 

To make sure your oversized machinery gets to Australia in good order. Careful planning and specialised equipment are needed. 

By understanding how the logistics works and by choosing the right shipping method, you can make sure that your equipment arrives safely and on time.

If you’re in need of oversized machinery transport into or around Australia, contact Jay Cee Ess Global today to get a detailed personalised quote … phone 1300 404 579