International Shipping of Farming Equipment

Tractor and Agricultural Machine Shipping

It’s time to cultivate better business operations with Powerhouse International QLD’s reliable tractor shipping services.

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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.

Farm Equipment Shipping with Powerhouse International

Start reaping the benefits of top-tier farm equipment shipping with Powerhouse International.

Teaming up with us means choosing reliable services and cost-effective solutions that give your business a boost. Start shipping to and from the USA, New Zealand, UK, Canada, China, and beyond—we’re here to ensure your items land at their destination in a safe and timely manner. 

Whether it’s tractor shipping or the transportation of other types farm equipment you seek, we’re here to sow the seeds and offer a seamless process—so you can sit, back, relax, and watch your business grow.

An Overview of Tractor & Farm Equipment Shipping

Shipping farm equipment typically involves large or oversized loads. As such, it’s essential to trust experts in the industry to manage your logistics. That way, you can avoid incidents such as freight damage, transport delays, and financial losses. 

From professional packing to careful and timely handling and documentation management, we’ll handle all the intricate details. Powerhouse International is here to do all the sowing for you—all you have to do is reap the benefits.

The Most Common Types of Farming Equipment Requiring Specialized Shipping:

  • tractors
  • balers
  • field cultivators
  • harvesters
  • wheel tractor-scrappers
  • mechanical tree shakers
  • planters and seeders
  • grinder-mixers

Agricultural Equipment Shipping Options:

When shipping a tractor and other farm equipment to and from Australia, there are various options available—each with its own set of considerations such as cost, transit time, and equipment size. Here are the primary methods for tractor transportation: 

Tractor Freight by Sea:

  • Roll-on/Roll-off (RoRo) Shipping: This method is commonly used for wheeled vehicles that are large and heavy.  It involves driving the equipment on and off the ship.

  • Container Shipping: If the equipment can be disassembled or is small enough to fit into a standard shipping container (20ft or 40ft), this option offers a secure way to transport the machinery. However, larger equipment may require disassembly.

  • Flat Rack or Open Top Containers: For oversized equipment that doesn't fit into a standard container, this method serves as an alternative. They have no roof (open top) or sides (flat rack), allowing for different dimensions.

  • Break Bulk Shipping: For very large equipment that cannot be containerized, break bulk shipping is used. The equipment is loaded directly onto the ship's deck or cargo hold.

    Tractor Transportation by Road: 

    • For domestic shipping or to neighbouring countries with good road connectivity, tractors and farm equipment can be transported by road using specialized trailers.

    Tractor Transportation by Rail:

    • In some cases, especially for transcontinental shipments within Australia, rail transport can be a cost-effective option for farm equipment shipping. 

    Multimodal Tractor Transport Services: 

    • This involves a combination of the above methods and is often used to optimize cost and speed. 
    farming equipment in a warehouse

    Estimated Duration for Farm Equipment Shipping:

    The average duration for farm equipment shipment from Australia can vary widely depending on several factors, including the destination, the mode of transportation chosen, and the specific logistics involved in the shipment. Here's a general overview of transit times for different modes of shipping:

    Tractor Freight by Sea:

    • Short-haul destinations (e.g., New Zealand, Southeast Asia): It may take anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks.
    • Medium-haul destinations (e.g., Asia, the Middle East): Transit times can range from 2 to 4 weeks.
    • Long-haul destinations (e.g., Europe, North America, Africa): Shipping can take anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks, sometimes longer, depending on the specific port of arrival and the route taken.

      Tractor Transportation by Road:

      • For domestic shipments or to nearby countries where road transport is feasible, transit could take anywhere from a day to a week or more, depending on the distance and road conditions.

      Tractor Transportation by Rail:

      • Similar to road transport, rail shipments within Australia or to accessible destinations can take from a few days to over a week.

      Multimodal Tractor Transport Services:

      • When combining different modes of transport, the total transit time of tractor shipping will be the sum of the individual legs of the journey, plus any waiting times in between.

      How Much Does it Cost to Ship a Tractor Overseas or Locally?

      The cost of tractor shipping and other farming equipment from Australia is influenced by the following factors: 

      Size and Weight of the Equipment:

      • Larger and heavier equipment will generally cost more to ship due to the need for special handling and increased space requirements.

      Distance and Destination:

      • Shipping costs increase with distance. The destination country's distance from Australia and accessibility will be significant cost factors.

      Shipping Method:

      • Sea Freight: Typically, the most economical option for heavy and oversized items.
      • RoRo (Roll-on/Roll-off): Often used for wheeled vehicles and can be less expensive than container shipping.
      • Container Shipping: Can be more secure but might require disassembly of equipment to fit into containers.
      • Flat Rack/Open Top: For oversized cargo, these options will cost more than standard containers.
      • Break Bulk: For very large items, usually more expensive due to the specialized handling required.
      • Air Freight: The fastest but also the most expensive method, often costing as much as 7x more than sea freight.


      • The cost of insurance coverage during transit can add to the overall shipping cost.

      Customs Duties and Taxes:

      • Depending on the destination, there may be import duties, taxes, and other fees that can significantly affect the total cost.

      Packaging and Handling:

      • Special packing, crating, and loading requirements for heavy machinery can increase costs.

      Inland Transportation:

      • Costs to transport the equipment to the port of departure and from the port of arrival to the final destination will add to the total shipping cost.

      Additional Services:

      • Services such as customs brokerage, storage, and special permits for oversized loads will incur extra charges.

      To obtain an accurate quotation for farm equipment shipping, feel free to reach out to our team.

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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.

      See our solution
      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.

      See our solution
      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.

      See our solution
      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.

      See our solution
        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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