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Heavy and Oversized Freight Blog

Expert tips on smarter shipping of heavy goods

Out of gauge cargo shipping: flat rack or RO-RO?

 

Out of gauge cargo shipping often presents you with a choice. Is it better to transport the oversize load in a specialized ocean container? Or should you use roll-on, roll-off (RO-RO) service?

Here are some questions to consider as you choose the most efficient and cost-effective way to ship out of gauge cargo.

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What’s hard about shipping heavy lift project cargo?

 

Say you need to move the machines from three shuttered US factories into a facility overseas. Or you’re providing several huge components needed to build an offshore oil rig. When you transport those items, that shipment is called heavy lift project cargo.

Project cargo might require multiple containers, it’s often heavier and bigger than the average ocean shipment, and it poses some special challenges:

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Oversize shipping: the extra costs

 

Shipping an oversize load costs more than shipping cargo that fits in a conventional ocean container. That’s just a fact of life.

But the more you know about how the cost of oversize shipping adds up, the more easily you can find ways to shave some dollars off the total.

Let’s look at the factors that add expense to an oversize shipment:

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Project cargo freight forwarders: finding the right partner

I.C.E. Transport | May 7, 2020 7:30:00 AM | project cargo

 

The term “project cargo” refers to a shipment that is crucial to a mission. Often oversize, overweight and/or high value, this shipment is likely to need several containers or other conveyances. 

When you ship project cargo overseas, you can’t trust it to just any freight forwarder. The demands of project cargo require special expertise.

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15 Ways to Reduce Costs for Oversized and Heavy Freight Shipping

 

For global shippers of oversized (e.g., machinery, construction equipment) and heavy freight (e.g., stone, tile, metal, forgings, castings and even bottled water), keeping freight costs low requires added expertise and, sometimes, a little creativity. Here are 15 ideas to reduce costs for oversized and heavy freight.

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Understanding truck weight limits for oversize shipments

I.C.E. Transport | Dec 5, 2019 7:30:00 AM | heavyweight freight, project cargo

 

When you ship oversize freight, the length, height and/or width of the load dictate that you’ll need special permits for truck transportation. But often, of course, an oversize load is a heavy load as well. That’s why it’s important to understand the truck weight limits that apply to oversize shipments.

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How project cargo freight forwarders keep loads compliant

I.C.E. Transport | Nov 26, 2019 7:30:00 AM | project cargo

 

If shipping oversize cargo seems like a complex proposition, project cargo poses an even bigger challenge. Not only is the typical project cargo shipment large, heavy and valuable, but it’s usually time- and mission-critical.

That critical factor makes it especially important to observe all the rules that apply to a project cargo shipment and complete all the paperwork with no mistakes.

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Project cargo services: five mistakes to avoid when you ship

I.C.E. Transport | Mar 28, 2019 7:30:00 AM | project cargo

 

It takes special expertise to ship heavyweight or oversized cargo. And when that cargo is crucial to a project—when it absolutely must be in the right place at the right time—that takes even more know-how and attention to detail.

Here’s a quick guide to project cargo services, with advice about how to avoid mistakes that can sabotage a project and cost you big money. 

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