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Farms expand, equipment evolves, and so does the need for efficient and reliable transportation solutions. Atlantic Project Cargo is your trusted partner in navigating the complexities of agricultural equipment transportation, including farm plows.

WHAT IS A FARM PLOW?

The farm plow is a fundamental agricultural implement used for primary tillage, the initial preparation of soil before sowing crops. It functions by slicing through the soil, turning it over, and breaking it apart. This action, also known as tiling, creates a loose, lets air and water reach plant roots, and mixes in nutrients.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF FARM PLOWS?

The different types are used in different situations. The list of plows includes:

  • Moldboard. Prepare the soil by turning over the upper layer of the earth, bringing fresh nutrients to the surface;
  • Chisel. Provide deep tillage to break up hardpan layers, improving soil structure and drainage;
  • Disc. Suitable for harsh soil conditions, using rotating discs to cut and turn the soil;
  • Rotary., Also called rototillers, pulverize and aerate the soil, preparing it for planting;
  • Subsoil. Break up subsoil layers without disturbing the topsoil, promoting deeper root growth;
  • Ridging. Create ridges and furrows for specific crops;
  • Reversible. Turn the furrow slice to the right or left for use in both directions in the field.

 

MOVING FARM PLOWS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

Moving a farm plow across the US might seem like a simple task, but it requires careful planning and knowledge of the restrictions & regulations involved.

Methods of Transportation

The choice of transportation for a plow depends on several factors. Here are the main options:

  • Flatbed Trailers
    Can hold plows of all sizes and weights;
  • Enclosed Trailers
    For added protection against weather and road debris;
  • Railroad
    For long-distance hauls, especially of multiple plows.

Restrictions and Regulations

  • Weight and Size Limits
    Each transportation mode has its own limitations. Oversized plows require special permits or escorts;
  • Route restrictions
    Certain roads and bridges have weight restrictions or be unsuitable for oversized vehicles;
  • Safety Regulations
    All transportation methods must adhere to safety regulations concerning load securement, driver qualifications, and hazardous materials.

Additional Considerations

  • Disassembly
    Disassembling plow components can simplify transportation and reduce costs;
  • Insurance
    Adequate insurance coverage is essential;
  • Experienced shippers
    Partnering with experienced companies, such as Atlantic Project Cargo, can ensure smooth delivery.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING OF FARM PLOW

International shipping of plows has its methods, restrictions, and regulations. Let’s have a brief look at them.

Methods of Transportation

  • Ocean Freight
    For long-distance shipments, plows are often disassembled and packed into shipping containers. 
  • Ro-Ro Ships
    Ideal for oversized or bulky equipment. Plows are driven onto the ship and secured, eliminating the need for container loading and unloading;
  • Air Freight
    While expensive, it offers the fastest transit times. 

Restrictions and Regulations

  • Customs Clearance
    Each country has its own customs regulations and import/export restrictions;
  • Quarantine Regulations
    Some countries have strict quarantine regulations for agricultural equipment;
  • Hazardous Materials
    If the plow has any fuel tanks or hydraulic systems, they may be considered hazardous;
  • Country-Specific Regulations
    Some countries have specific import regulations. For example, for plows sold within the EU, they must bear the CE marking.

FACTORS AFFECTING THE COST OF FARM PLOW SHIPPING

There are a lot of factors to consider, but we will have a look at crucial ones.

Plow Characteristics

  • Size and Weight
    For example, a tractor-mounted plow occupies more space and requires specialized handling. This affects the final cost;
  • Complexity
    Simple options are easier to ship. Disassembly also affects cost;

Transportation Methods

  • Ocean
    The cost depends on container fees, port charges, and longer transit times, which can lead to storage costs;
  • Rail
    Additional trucking at endpoints increases the cost;
  • Truck
    Pricier for long distances, also oversized cargo requires special permits and escorts, which increase the final cost.

Distance and Route

  • Distance
    The farther the shipment, the higher the price;
  • Border Crossing
    Potential inspections, additional paperwork, and customs clearance fees add to the cost.

Regulation and Permits

  • Oversized Permits
    Huge plows require special permits and escorts, significantly increasing costs;
  • Quarantine Regulations
    Some countries require cleaning, disinfection, and additional certificates, which affect the price.

ADVANTAGES OF FARM PLOW SHIPPING​ WITH ATLANTIC PROJECT CARGO

Get your farm plow or agricultural equipment across the US or around the globe with Atlantic Project Cargo. We professionally handle heavy equipment, with a global network to find the fastest, most affordable route. We create custom plans that meet all regulations, ensuring your cargo reaches its destination safely and on time.