International Shipping of Heavy Machinery

Heavy Machinery Shipping

Efficient heavy machinery shipping and import services— ensuring secure, compliant, and seamless transportation of your equipment worldwide.

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Our clients stay with us for an average of 12 years and several have been with us for over 30 years
We aim to respond to all general domestic and international quote requests within one hour.
For shipments arriving in Australia, we can arrange for our staff to be present at the arrival port or airport to ensure any potential issues are resolved swiftly

Our Client Testimonials

We’re proud to build long-lasting relationships
Phil Brown
Phil Brown
6 November 2023
We have been using Powerhouse now for over 20 years and the service we get is remarkable. Duncan and his team are the best in the business, I would highly recommend them.
Bill McAuley
Bill McAuley
2 November 2023
Always happy to help. Friendly & knowledgable service . *****
Jono Wishart
Jono Wishart
2 November 2023
We have been using Duncan & the Power House team for nearly 20 years now, they have provided a service 2nd to none! They have handled everything from containers, to cars, to personal imports, masts & rigging pieces from all over the world. Once in their hands you can be assured that your goods will be exported & imported with care & ease. I highly recommend the Power House team and look forward to using their outstanding services again in the future. Jono Wishart Master SY ENCORE Worldwide Super Yacht
Ellen Flint
Ellen Flint
2 November 2023
Adele and all the staff at Powerhouse International Qld provide the most professional and seamless Customs brokerage and International logistics services in Brisbane. We can thoroughly recommend their services to any import or export related business.
Dan Manchester
Dan Manchester
2 November 2023
I've been utilising the services of Duncan and the team at Powerhouse for more than 15 years and they are the best out there. They take the stress out of importing and are always happy to provide advice and help whenever they can.
Leita Battersby
Leita Battersby
2 November 2023
Duncan and The Team at Powerhouse International have and continue to provide excellent global assistance to transport our variety of goods to our valued customers around the world. Professional - yes Value for money - yes Communication - yes No job is too difficult for this Team
Diana Mitchell
Diana Mitchell
31 October 2023
Having worked with Powerhouse International QLD for 20 years. I can honestly say - Powerhouse International QLD is more than just a freight forwarder. They are a partner that I can trust and rely on. They have a team of experts who are friendly and helpful. The Team will always go over and above for you. They have a network of agents and carriers who are reliable and experienced. They have a reputation of excellence and integrity in the industry. I highly recommend Powerhouse International QLD to anyone who is looking for a freight forwarder. They are the best in the business and they will make your shipping experience hassle-free and enjoyable. Powerhouse International QLD is the ultimate choice for your logistics solutions.
30 October 2023
It's been 15 wonderful years working alongside with Adele & Duncan. Our shipping agents at Powerhouse International QLD handle all our International & local Air & Sea shipments. I know I am in good hands with them, as they are familiar with our products and most importantly will achieve all our delivery targets with ease. I cannot fault their continuous professional & friendly service. Thank you to all the team that make the magic happen behind the scenes!
Michael D.
Michael D.
29 October 2023
I have used Powerhouse for logistics requirements both internationally and domestically over the last 15 years, including during Covid, and each time those shipments have been delivered on time, in excellent condition and at a very competitive rate. They are extremely good at what they do. I must pay particular tribute to Martin Surm at Powerhouse, who has demonstrated first class knowledge and expertise to assist with some very challenging jobs around the world and has gone above and beyond every time.

Heavy Machinery Shipping with Powerhouse International

How do you ensure heavy equipment arrives at its destination without damage? With a carefully planned and a well-oiled shipping process, of course. 

Large-scale machinery plays a critical role in diverse industries, from construction and agriculture to forestry and aerospace. Ensuring the safe and timely delivery of such machinery is crucial to the success of operations in these sectors—but it isn’t always an easy feat to pull off. It demands experience in transportation logistics and a solid understanding of the legal and practical considerations unique to the movement of heavy loads.

From ensuring the proper packaging and handling of heavy machinery and selecting the appropriate mode of transport to strictly complying with regulations, there’s a ton of heavy lifting involved in heavy machinery shipping—but you don’t have to navigate all by yourself. Choosing to work with the experts in local and international machinery shipping makes all the difference. 

Discover how Powerhouse International QLD—a leader in machinery shipping with over 232 years of combined logistics experience —has become the most reliable heavy-hitter in the industry through meticulous planning, precise coordination, and specialist knowledge.

An Overview of Shipping Heavy Machinery

Large-scale machinery plays a critical role in diverse industries, from construction and agriculture to forestry and aerospace. Ensuring the safe and timely delivery of such machinery is crucial to the success of operations in these sectors—but it isn’t always an easy feat to pull off. It demands experience in transportation logistics and a solid understanding of the legal and practical considerations unique to the movement of heavy loads.

What Is the Average Transit Time for Shipping Heavy Machinery From Australia?

The average transit time for heavy machinery shipping from Australia depends on the destination, the mode of transport chosen, customs clearance processes, inland transportation times, and weather conditions. Here’s an overview of the general timeline estimates based on different modes of transport and destinations:

International Machinery Shipping 

    • Machinery Freight to Asia by Sea: Approximately 2-4 weeks.
    • Machinery Freight to the United States by Sea (West Coast): Approximately 4-6 weeks.
    • Machinery Freight to the United States by Sea (East Coast): Approximately 6-8 weeks.
    • Machinery Freight to Europe by Sea: Approximately 6-8 weeks.
    • International Machinery Shipping by Air Freight: Typically, 1-3 days to most international destinations, not accounting for preparation and customs clearance.

Talk to one of our specialists today to get a more accurate heavy machinery shipping quotation.

What are the Different Methods of Shipping Heavy Machinery?

The choice of method will depend on factors such as the machinery's size and weight, the distance to the destination, the urgency of the shipment, the budget, and the infrastructure available at the origin and destination points.

There are several different methods of transporting heavy machinery, including the following

Flatbed Trucking: This is one of the most common methods for transporting heavy machinery over land. Flatbed trucks have an open trailer, which makes them versatile for carrying large or irregularly shaped machinery. 

Lowboy Trailers: These are specially designed trailers with two drops in deck height: one right after the gooseneck and one right before the wheels. This allows them to carry high loads that a flatbed cannot, due to height restrictions on roads.

Step Deck Trailers: Also known as drop deck trailers, these are similar to flatbed trailers but with a lower deck to accommodate taller items while still adhering to height regulations on roads.

Heavy Haul Trucking: For extremely heavy or oversized loads, heavy haul trucking with specialized trailers, such as multi-axle or extendable trailers, is typically used. These shipments often require special permits and escort vehicles for safe transport.

Rail Freight: Railways can be a cost-effective solution for transporting heavy machinery over long distances. Machinery can be loaded onto flatcars or other types of railcars designed for heavy loads.

Roll-on/Roll-off (RoRo) Ships: This method is used for shipping heavy machinery via sea. Vehicles and machinery are driven on and off the ship using built-in ramps, which minimizes the need for cranes to load the cargo.

Container Shipping: If the machinery can be disassembled and fits into standard shipping containers, it can be transported via container ships. This method provides good protection for the machinery and is efficient for international shipping.

Lift-on/Lift-off (LoLo) Ships: For heavy and oversized machinery that cannot be driven onto a ship, LoLo vessels are used. Cranes on the ship or at the port are used to lift the machinery onto and off the vessel.

Barge Shipping: When the destination is accessible via inland waterways, transporting heavy machinery on a barge can be an effective solution. This is particularly useful for extremely heavy or large items.

Air Freight: Although it is the most expensive option, air freight is the fastest way to transport heavy machinery over long distances. Due to space and weight limitations, this method is typically reserved for smaller machinery or urgent deliveries.

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The Benefits of Engaging Experienced Logistics Professionals 

The complex nature of heavy machinery transport requires a detail-oriented approach to logistics and the utilization of experienced professionals to ensure success. When it comes to transporting high-value machines, don’t settle for anything less than the industry’s best. 

Companies that specialise in shipping machinery are manned by logistics experts who possess the knowledge required to handle diverse scenarios. Their experience is crucial in constructing a shipping process that prioritises safety & efficiency and reduces the chances of financial losses. You can count on Powerhouse International QLD to integrate extensive industry knowledge into every shipment project.

  • Experience with Construction Sites: Our trained personnel are adept at manoeuvring within and between construction sites, which frequently house the heavy machinery being shipped. These areas carry various risks, but leaving it all up to the experts mitigates the risk of damage or accidents. 
  • Priority on Safety: Acknowledging the value of the cargo they’re handling, our experienced professionals give utmost importance to safety procedures.
  • Insurance Expertise: They also guide clients in obtaining the right insurance coverage to safeguard against potential shipping risks.

Tailored Logistics Solutions 

Every business has its own preferences when it comes to shipping heavy machinery—and you deserve more than just the basics. Powerhouse International QLD is here to provide tailored logistics solutions that meet the varied requirements of each piece of machinery and destination—giving clients the peace of mind that their projects are being handled by the industry’s finest experts. 

Managing Destination Requirements 

  • Assessing destination-specific logistics, including transportation regulations and infrastructure limitations.
  • Ensuring all crating and packing specifications meet the destination's legal and safety standards.

Insurance Coverage Options 

For elevated confidence in each project, our team is here to offer various insurance coverage options that are tailored to the value & risk factors of the machinery and the transportation & destination risks.  

Crating and Transport Priority 

  • Crating: We’ll develop secure crating solutions that protect the machinery during transit.
  • Transport Planning: We’ll align shipping schedules with project timelines to ensure they’re never a second late. 

Regulatory Compliance and Customs Processing 

Compliance with international laws and regulations is crucial. This includes understanding destination-specific requirements, customs clearance procedures, and handling any potential levies. Adequate preparation and thorough documentation can prevent unnecessary delays or additional shipping costs. Working with a company that specializes in heavy machinery shipping means they’ll help you navigate the following: 

  • Customs clearance: Essential for the import and export of heavy machinery.

  • Regulations and laws: Vary by country and can impact the shipping process.

  • Documentation: Must be accurate to ensure compliance with global shipping regulations.

  • Additional costs: These may arise from customs duties or regulatory non-compliance.

Powerhouse International QLD leverages these structured approaches and takes your preferences into account to deliver superior heavy machinery transport services. We combine


How Much Does Heavy Machinery Shipping Cost?

The final price for heavy machinery shipping from countries like China, USA, New Zealand, the UK, or Canada to Australia typically starts from several thousand AUD. This cost is influenced by:

  • The machine's dimensions and weight
  • The distance to the destination
  • Your chosen method of transport (sea freight, air freight, or land transport)
  • The level of service required (door-to-door, port-to-port, etc.)
  • Additional services, like packing, loading, and unloading
  • Additional costs, such as insurance and import duties.

Sea freight is typically the most cost-effective method for international heavy machinery shipping. For large items, costs can range from a few thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. For example, shipping a piece of heavy machinery like an excavator or a bulldozer to a nearby country might cost between $5,000 and $15,000, while shipping to a far-off destination could be significantly more expensive.

Air freight is much faster but also substantially more expensive, often several times the cost of sea freight.

To get an accurate quote, you would need to:

  1. Measure the machinery accurately to determine its weight and dimensions.
  2. Decide on the level of service you require (e.g., door-to-door, port-to-port, etc.).
  3. Consider customs duties, taxes, and other fees that might apply to the import/export process.

Factoring in all the potential charges ahead of time can help businesses weigh out their various options. Ultimately, this can help them make smarter decisions that align with their cost optimization and financial efficiency strategies.

Shipping Machinery: Leave All The Heavy Lifting Up To Us 

Heavy machinery shipping is a complex process—but you can confidently leave all the heavy lifting up to Powerhouse International QLD. 

Secure your shipment items and keep your business operations running smoothly with our unparalleled expertise. Contact us today to learn more about machinery shipping.

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Case Studies

Complex Cargo

Requiring A Blend Of Services

The Challenge:

We were contacted by a client who made preparations to row a boat all the way from the USA to Australia. Their concern was that there was a very narrow weather window on when the row could be commenced and they could not afford the goods to be damaged in transit.

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Complex Cargo

Transporting A Commercial Aircraft by land and sea

The Challenge:

The Qantas Museum in Longreach purchased a large commercial aircraft (Lockheed Super Constellation) from the Philippines which had been residing in a grass paddock (beside the main airport runway) since 1986. This model of aircraft had been used extensively by Qantas on their long haul international flights and would be a vital component of the Qantas story at the museum. They contacted us initially as the plane was in no condition to fly and they required a specialist project logistics company to help them arrange the extraction, dismantling and transport to Australia.

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Complex Cargo

Transporting Inaccessible oversize Cargo

The Challenge:

The owner of a large Combined Harvester had successfully sold their machine to a sugar cane plantation in Fiji. Once this transaction had been completed they contacted a number of international forwarding specialists to get a quote on arranging all the transport requirements. Unfortunately, due to the challenges involved, they were unable to find anyone who was interested in assisting.

They contacted Powerhouse Queensland after a referral from one of the project carriers in our network. We began the process with an onsite meeting to view the goods and assess all possible transportation options. The first challenge was that the machine itself had been positioned at the rear of a large residential block for some years and due to property changes in the area had become inaccessible.

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Sea Freight

Strategizing For A Restricted Budget

The Challenge:

A cruise company in Airlie beach purchased 2 landing barges from Thailand which they planned to use for transporting tourists to remote coral cays and islands in the Whitsundays.
The transport costs they had received from other logistic companies exceeded their budget and they contacted Powerhouse Queensland to see if we could provide a more cost effective solution.

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    Why Choose Us?

    The Powerhouse Difference

    Streamline delivery to your destination with a fully integrated logistics service

    At Powerhouse International, we stand at the forefront of freight forwarding services in Brisbane and across the globe, with our expertise and dedication shining through in every aspect of our work. Boasting more than three decades of experience in international logistics and armed with cutting-edge IT technology, we deliver an unbeatable combination of competitive pricing and a wide array of transportation solutions.

    Allow our seasoned professionals to tailor the most economical and efficient transport strategies for your goods, whether you're shipping from Brisbane or to destinations far and wide.

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