Shipping Excavators and Other Heavy Equipment from China

How to Ship Imported Excavators and Other Heavy Equipment from China


Navigating the complexities of international machinery transport, China’s manufacturing prowess has positioned it as a prime source for importing excavators and other heavy machinery. Whether you’re upgrading your construction fleet or enhancing your farm’s capabilities, here’s a streamlined guide to shipping heavy equipment from the world’s largest machinery exporter.

Identifying Common Heavy Machinery from China:


  • Wheel Loaders
  • CNC Machine Tools
  • Laser Cutters
  • Agricultural Machinery
  • Roll Forming Machines
  • Welding Machines
  • Packaging and Printing Machinery
  • Excavators

Documentation for Importing heavy equipment and Excavators from China:

Ensure you have the necessary paperwork:

  • Arrival Notice: Issued by your shipping agent, detailing pickup and cargo specifics.
  • Bill of Lading: A carrier-issued receipt listing the cargo details and payment terms.
  • Packing List: A thorough list of your shipment’s contents reviewed by customs.
  • Commercial Invoice: Should include complete shipment details and value.

Choosing the Right Shipping Method for Heavy Machinery:


  • Full Container Load: Suitable for smaller machinery that fits within standard containers.
  • RoRo Shipments: For large vehicles that can be rolled on and off transport ships.
  • Flat Rack or Open Top Containers: For awkwardly sized or overweight machinery.


Estimating the Shipping Costs from China to the USA:

Prices fluctuate, but to give you a ballpark:

  • A 40-foot container to the West Coast might cost between $2,500 and $4,000.
  • Expect higher costs for East Coast deliveries due to distance.
  • Oversized loads may incur an extra $100 to $500 for specialized handling.


Transit Times for Shipping Heavy Equipment from China to USA:


  • West Coast: Approximately 22-28 days.
  • East Coast: Around 30-35 days.
  • Inland Destinations: Varying from 22-28 days.


Understanding Machinery Import Tariffs:

Import duties can range from 3% to 25%, calculated based on the Harmonized Tariff Schedule. A licensed customs broker can help pinpoint the exact tariffs for your excavators.



Transporting a Range of Heavy Equipment with Super International Shipping:


Super International Shipping offers comprehensive transport solutions for a variety of heavy machinery, ensuring your equipment arrives safely and efficiently.


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