Everything You Need to Know About Shipping Heavy Machinery to the UK

Shipping Heavy Machinery UK

Is your business in need of international freight shipping services between the UK and the USA? Are you searching for a freight forwarder to transport your company’s drills to the North Sea refineries or import systems for constructing oil pipelines?

There are many factors to take into account when shipping heavy machinery to the UK, from how much it will cost you to the legal requirements of your shipment. We offer tailor-made solutions to your heavyweight shipping needs. Read on to find out how Texas International Freight can make the freight forwarding process as pain-free as possible.

Dependable Heavyweight Shipping Experts

Texas International Freight provides freight forwarder services to take the heavy lifting out of importing and exporting heavy equipment by sea.

We specialize in break bulk, FCL/LCL and container shipping, in particular for the oil and gas industries. What that means is that we are experts in shipping the kind of heavy equipment – such as pipe and drilling products – used by the energy, engineering or mining industries, so we understand the scale and logistical challenges involved.

We have years of experience in shipping goods of this size to draw on because we know you won’t want to leave anything to chance.

Key Factors When Shipping Goods Between the UK and the US

A number of factors need to be considered when shipping heavy goods between the USA and the UK. Cost can vary depending on the size and type of cargo, as well as what your origin and destination ports are. There are many destination ports throughout the whole of the UK to choose from, each with different facilities and capacities.

Your choice of US and UK ports will contribute to the shipping time, as will the cargo size and whether you have selected a break bulk, RoRo, FCL or LCL shipping mode. Last but not least, the shipping documentation, customs paperwork and insurance costs are extremely important elements in a smooth freight forwarding process. That is where Texas International Freight comes in, get in touch to find out more.

How Much Does It Cost to Ship Heavy Machinery From the USA to the UK?

The United Kingdom has around 120 commercial ports across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Most freight goes through the top 5, including the major all-purpose ones like Liverpool, Immingham, and London and the container ports such as Felixstowe and Southampton.

Consequently, shipment costs to the UK will vary depending on what cargo is being transported and what the destination is. Each port will also have specific legal and cost requirements which you will need to meet and this will have an impact on USA-UK freight costs as well as on shipping times. The cost of USA-UK shipping will also vary according to the cargo being shipped as bulkier goods will of course incur more costs.

How Long Do Shipments From the USA to the UK Take?

Sea freight is the most cost-effective form of shipping and is suitable for any type of equipment, no matter the size, but it does take longer than air freight. A typical shipping time for ocean freight between the US and the UK can be between two and four weeks, taking into account potential door-to-door delivery and of course customs processing.

Delivery times for shipping heavy machinery to the UK and vice versa will depend on the type of cargo you want to ship as well as its size. The shipping method used, i.e. break bulk, RoRo, FCL, LCL, etc., will have an impact on the shipping time and likewise, factors beyond our control like seasonal changes and meteorological conditions will play their part.

At Texas International Freight we have years of proven experience as reputable freight forwarders; we can guide you through each step of the process and answer any questions you have. Contact us for a freight quote and for more information on international ocean shipping.

Texas International Freight ships all over the world, to destinations including the UK, Netherlands, Germany, Russia, Norway, Nigeria, Angola, South Africa, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Peru, China, Singapore, Australia, Vietnam, India, Saudi Arabia, Dubai and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Libya, Syria, Kuwait, Iraq, Oman, Yemen, Egypt, Israel, Turkey, Spain, Algeria, Asia at large and many other countries besides.