Shipping companies require some basic information to provide an accurate estimate or schedule pick-up. Details such as the exact weight and dimensions can greatly affect the requirements for the shipper of machinery. Thoroughly read through paperwork – especially the bill of lading.
Know Your Shipper
Conduct due diligence and research the background of any person or company that offers to ship machinery. Is the shipper bonded? Ask about insurance, certifications and/or if the person with whom you’re speaking is a broker or the actual shipper. Much like a home contractor or plumber, shippers can vary from business to business. Don’t be shy about asking questions. If you’re uncertain about any items that the shipper addressed, just ask. As always, if something seems too good to be true, it likely is.
Tips for Shipping
PaySAFE® recommends the following transportation and packaging vendors:
Craters & Freighters
Machinery and industrial equipment may require a helping hand when it comes to transportation. You may wish to consult with shipping and packaging experts like those at Craters & Freighters. For more than two decades, Craters & Freighters has been meeting America’s custom shipping needs with consistent, high-quality professional packaging and worldwide transportation services.
FedEx, UPS, DHL or USPS
When dealing with smaller items, use a certified and bonded shipper like FedEx, UPS, DHL or USPS. These retail shippers offer options such as certified delivery and package tracking. We highly recommend insuring items for at least the full value of the item itself. While all carriers do their best to ensure items are treated with care, accidents can and do happen.