As global demand for construction equipment increases it’s important to understand the ocean shipping process and freight costs associated with transporting oversized cargo internationally.
Most oversized cargo like heavy machinery is not shipped in a conventional ocean freight container but instead loaded and unloaded from an ocean freight vessel through a method called roll-on roll-off or ro-ro. Rolling stock is actually rolled onto a ro-ro vessel.
Shipping costs associated with ro-ro are primarily based on both the cubic meter and weight of the machinery. Specifically, the ocean freight cost for heavy machinery is based on weight (per ton) or measure (per CBM) whichever one is greater.
Along with helping to determine the shipping cost, weight is also used to determine port or terminal fees.
∗To calculate the cubic meter of any piece of equipment, the dimensions (length, width, and height) must be provided by the shipper.
Take for example the 13-ton Volvo Excavator pictured below:
The length is based on the measurement from the back of the house to the end of the boom (L), and the width is based on the measurement of the widest part of the excavator which in most cases is the house (A), and the height is the measurement from the ground to the top of the house (C).
In order to receive an accurate transportation quote, shippers must be able to provide the dimensions, weight, and if possible a picture of the equipment being transported.
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