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Time is money, especially in the agricultural world. Atlantic Project Cargo streamlines the transportation process, eliminating delays and ensuring your combine reaches its destination promptly.

WHAT IS A COMBINE HARVESTER?

A combine harvester, also known simply as a “combine”, is a large and complex machine used to harvest grain crops. It combines four separate harvest operations – reaping, threshing, gathering, and winnowing – into a single streamlined process.

Here’s a breakdown of what combine does:

  • Reaping. The combine cuts the standing grain from the field using a header, which is a wide attachment in front of the machine;
  • Threshing. The cut grain is then fed into the threshing unit, which uses rotating drums or beaters to separate seeds from the stalks and chaff;
  • Gathering. The separated seeds are gathered by the combine and stored in a grain tank;
  • Winnowing. The chaff and other lightweight materials are blown away by a fan, leaving behind the clean grain.  

Once the grain tank is full, the combine can unload it into a truck or trailer for transport to storage or processing.

TYPES OF COMBINE HARVESTERS

Combine harvesters have different types, each suited to specific tasks and terrains. The most common harvesters are:
  • Conventional. These are the standard types of combines used for harvesting a wide range of grain crops like wheat, barley, oats, and soybeans;
  • Rotary. Known for their higher efficiency, reduced grain loss, and better performance in wet or high-moisture conditions;
  • Axial-Flow.  These harvesters gently handle grain and are particularly favored for harvesting soybeans and other specialty crops;
  • Small Grain. Specifically designed for smaller fields or farms with less acreage;
  • Rice Harvesters. Designed specifically for harvesting rice paddies, these combines have modifications to handle the unique conditions of flooded fields and the specific requirements of rice harvesting;
  • Corn Harvesters. Corn headers or corn-specific combines are designed to harvest maize crops efficiently;
  • Specialty Crop Harvesters. For crops like pulses, lentils, or other specialty grains.

 

MOVING COMBINE HARVESTER ACROSS THE COUNTRY

Transporting combine harvesters across the US requires careful planning and the right logistics partner. Let’s explore the methods, restrictions, and regulations involved in this process.

Methods of Moving Combine Across the US

  • Flatbed Trailer
    The most common option, offering flexibility and accessibility. The combine is secured with chains and straps;
  • Lowboy Trailer
    Ideal for oversized combines with high ground clearance. The lower deck facilitates easier loading and unloading, especially on uneven terrain;
  • Specialized Haulers
    For massive combines, these trailers handle complexities of oversized and overweight cargo;
  • Rail Transport
    Cost-effective option for multiple combines transportation.

Restrictions and Regulations

  • Size and Weight
    Each state has different regulations regarding the maximum width, height, and weight of vehicles on their roads. Exceeding these limits requires special permits, which can be costly and time-consuming. For example, in California, combines exceeding 8.5 feet wide require permits and may need escort depending on the specific route;
  • Safety Regulations
    Beyond dimensions and permits, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations mandate specific measures for moving heavy machinery like proper braking systems, lighting and reflective equipment, securement, and driver qualifications. 

Hiring an experienced transportation company with expertise in moving agricultural equipment will ease the hauling process. Atlantic Project Cargo can handle the paperwork and logistics, we know the ins and outs of regulations and can ensure your combine’s safe delivery.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING OF COMBINE HARVESTER

It presents a unique set of challenges and demands careful planning to ensure your machine reaches its destination safely and efficiently.

Methods of International Combine Harvester Shipping

  • Container Shipping
    This method offers secure, weatherproof transportation for combines. Disassembled combines can fit in standard or high-cube containers;
  • Ro-Ro Ships
    These ships are a good option for oversized cargo. The combine drives onto the ship, eliminating the need for disassembly;
  • Breakbulk Shipping
    For oversized or non-containerized combines. This method involves securing the machine directly to the deck of a cargo ship. 

International Regulations and Restrictions

  • Import /Export Regulations
    Differ from country to country. For example, importing used combines in Brazil requires a phytosanitary certificate and an import license;
  • Weight and Dimension Limits
    Specific ports and shipping routes have their own limitations;
  • Safety Regulations
    International maritime regulations govern the safe transport of heavy machinery. This includes the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, and Code of Safe Practice for Cargo Transport Units and others.

Experienced freight forwarders like Atlantic Project Cargo can assist with preparing necessary documents, planning optimal routes and organizing a smooth shipment process. 

FACTORS AFFECTING THE COST OF COMBINE HARVESTER SHIPPING

Several factors significantly impact the price tag of shipping combine harvester. These cost-influencing factors include:

  • Combine characteristics (size and weight, specific model and type);
  • Chosen shipping method (ocean, rail, road); 
  • Type of ocean freight (container, Ro-Ro, breakbulk);
  • Direct or multi-leg shipment;
  • Permits and licenses;
  • Customs clearance;
  • Safety regulations;
  • Insurance and others. 

Atlantic Project Cargo can navigate regulations, negotiate rates, and handle logistics, saving you time and money. 

ADVANTAGES OF COMBINE HARVESTER SHIPPING​ WITH ATLANTIC PROJECT CARGO

Atlantic Project Cargo is your trusted partner, ensuring a smooth, efficient, and worry-free journey for your agricultural equipment. Let us handle the logistics, while you focus on things that matter.