International MRI Transportation

MRI Shipping

Ship MRI machines overseas in confidence with our expert freight forwarding team.
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.

Seamless MRI Shipping with Powerhouse International

Ready to get a clearer image of how MRI machine shipping works?

Because of its weight and sensitive components, transporting an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) machine is a complex process. Its transport must be done in a way as not to damage its components. 

That’s why careful planning, expert handling, and the use of specialized equipment are integral to ensuring a successful MRI transportation process---and that's exactly what Powerhouse International QLD consistently brings to the table.

An Overview of MRI Transportation

Start the MRI machine transportation process by meticulously planning for logistical challenges and ensuring the safety & preservation of the sophisticated medical equipment. Attentive handling of the magnet, secure packaging, as well as strategies for shielding critical components from moisture & dust are crucial to ensuring the machine arrives at its destination in tip-top shape. 

Pre-Transport Considerations

Assessing Logistics and Regulations 

MRI machine shipping involves understanding and complying with regulations. The following aspects must be considered:

Weight and size specifications: MRI machines are heavy and bulky, requiring specialized transportation and the use of heavy equipment such as cranes for loading & unloading.

Inspection: Prior to transport, a thorough inspection is carried out to ensure the safety of the MRI components.

Preparation: The MRI machine should be secured within a custom cradle or other packaging to minimize movement during transit. The use of straps and braces is also standard practice to keep the MRI machine stable.

Experienced Drivers: Specialized drivers are key players in the MRI machine shipping process. Only those with experience in hauling sensitive medical equipment should be employed. These individuals are trained to handle the intricacies of MRI transportation. 

Route planning: Carefully plan routes to avoid roads with weight restrictions or hazards that might disrupt the MRI's calibration

Regulatory compliance: MRI transportation must adhere to the local laws governing the movement of high-magnetic field equipment.

How Much Does an MRI Machine Weigh?

When preparing for MRI machine shipping or transportation, a critical factor to consider is the machine's weight. MRI scanners are robust pieces of medical equipment, with the weight varying significantly by type and model. The requirements to adequately accommodate these machines can be extensive, so understanding their mass is crucial for logistics planning.

Open MRI scanners, designed to cater to larger individuals and those with claustrophobia, represent a distinctive category. Their weights can vary, with portable models weighing between 5,000 - 17,000Kg

The more typical closed MRI machines, depending on the strength of the magnet measured in Tesla (T), range from 15,000Kg for lower-field-strength magnets up to 35,000Kg for higher-field-strength magnets found in models between 3T and 7T.

Are MRI Machines Always On?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines are sophisticated medical devices that employ powerful magnets. MRI machines are not always “active” in the sense that they’re only really working their full functions when patients are being scanned. 

Yet, the magnetic field generated by the MRI's magnet is commonly maintained continuously. Turning off the magnetic field, a process known as quenching, can be expensive and time-consuming. Typically, quenching is reserved for maintenance or emergency situations.

During MRI transportation, these machines are kept in a state that ensures the magnet remains in good condition. The magnetic field is generally not turned off; instead, the machines are locked in a 'standby mode', preserving the magnetic status without performing scans. This ensures a quick return to operational status upon arrival.

It’s also important to note that health and safety protocols dictate caution around MRI machines, even when they’re not actively scanning. This is due to the persistent magnetic field which can attract ferromagnetic objects with potentially dangerous force. As such, proper safety measures must be adhered to during the entire MRI machine shipping and installation process.

An MRI machine being prepared for transportation

Estimated Shipping Durations:

The average MRI machine shipping time from Australia to a destination would depend on several factors, including the mode of transportation, the distance to the destination, the specific logistics company handling the shipment, and the customs clearance processes involved.

For domestic shipments within Australia, delivery could range from a few days to a couple of weeks, depending on the exact locations of the sender and recipient, and the shipping service chosen.

For international shipments, it is more complex. Shipping by air is faster and could take anywhere from a few days to a week, while sea freight is more economical but could take several weeks to months, depending on the destination country and route.

Keep in mind that due to the size, weight, and sensitivity of MRI machines, specialized handling and shipping methods are required, which may affect the shipping time. Additionally, customs clearance and import regulations have to be taken into account as well. Speak to one our experts today to get a more accurate quotation on MRI transportation. 

An MRI machine being wrapped with protective packaging

How Much Does MRI Shipping Cost?

The cost of MRI machine shipping from Australia can vary widely based on several factors. These items are large, heavy, and contain sensitive electronic components that require special handling and packaging to ensure they are transported safely. Here are some of the factors that can affect the shipping cost:

  1. Distance and Destination: Shipping costs will be higher for longer distances and international shipments compared to domestic ones.

  2. Mode of Transport: Air freight is faster but significantly more expensive than sea freight. For domestic shipments, road or rail might be options as well.

  3. Service Level: Expedited shipping services cost more than standard ones. Additionally, door-to-door delivery services, which include pickup and drop-off at specified locations, can increase the cost.

  4. Packaging and Handling: MRI machines require specialized crating and handling to protect them from damage during transport. This specialized packaging can add to the cost.

  5. Insurance: Given the high value of MRI machines, shipping insurance is highly recommended and will add to the cost.

  6. Customs and Duties: For international shipments, there may be customs fees, import duties, and taxes that can affect the total cost.

  7. Special Services: Installation, on-site setup, or other value-added services, if required, will also contribute to the overall cost.

Given these variables, shipping costs for MRI machines can range from several thousand to tens of thousands of dollars. To obtain an accurate estimate for MRI shipping solutions, simply reach out to our team.

You don’t need an MRI scanner to tell you this. The diagnosis is clear: Powerhouse International QLD is the solution to safe MRI transportation. With 232 years of combined logistics experience, we’ve become known as the world’s most trusted team in providing professional cargo care for even the largest-scale items. 

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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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