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Getting cotton pickers to where they need to be, can be a complex task and international shipping is a whole other story.

Atlantic Project Cargo is your transportation expert, ready to handle these machines with care. We’ve got experience and resources to transport your cotton pickers safely and securely anywhere around the world.

WHAT IS COTTON PICKER?

Also known as cotton harvester, it is a machine used to harvest cotton bolls, the fluffy white fibers that surround cotton seeds. These machines revolutionized the cotton industry and made it much more efficient.

TYPES OF COTTON PICKERS

There are two main types of cotton pickers:

  • Spindle Pickers. These machines use rapidly spinning spindles to grab and remove cotton fibers from cotton bolls, leaving the plat and unopened bolls unharmed;
  • Stripper Pickers. These pickers use rotating brushes or combs to forcefully remove the bolls from the plant, regardless they are open or not. 

HOW COTTON PICKERS WORK?

The specific operation of a cotton picker depends on the type, but here’s a general overview:

  1. The picker is driven through the cotton field by a farmer.
  2. The picking and stripping mechanism gathers cotton bolls.
  3. The cotton fibers are separated from the bolls and plant litter.
  4. The cotton fibers are further cleaned to remove any remaining leaves, stems, and so on;
  5. The clean cotton fibers are collected in a hopper or trailer on the picker.

MOVING COTTON PICKERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

Let’s have a brief look into the logistics of cotton picker transportation across the US, and explore the shipping methods, and regulations.

Methods of Transportation

  • Flatbed
    Can carry one or two pickers per deck. These trailers offer easy loading and unloading;
  • Step Deck
    These offer a lower loading height for taller machines;
  • Double-drop
    For maximum capacity, these trailers can haul three or more pickers;
  • Railroad
    Great choice for long distances or if there is a need to transport more than four cotton pickers.

Regulations and Restrictions

  • Size and Weight Limits
    Failing to comply with them can result in hefty fines and delays;
  • Permits For Oversized Loads
    Special permits are necessary to transport oversized or overweight cargo;
  • Escort Vehicles
    It is mandatory to have escort vehicles in some states. For example, in Indiana you need a police escort for weight over 200.000 lbs.;
  • Boll Weevil Quarantine
    Louisiana, with its history of boll weevil infestations, implements strict regulations on moving cotton harvesting equipment into the state.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING OF COTTON PICKERS

Shipping cotton pickers internationally is a complex logistics challenge. The key things you should consider are shipping methods, restrictions, and regulations.

 

Methods of International Cotton Picker Shipping

  • Ocean Freight. Cotton pickers can be partially disassembled and loaded into containers. Also, they can be loaded onto flat racks or driven into Ro-Ro vessels;
  • Air Freight. Mainly used for urgent shipments and for smaller pickers.

Restrictions and Regulations

  • Country-Specific Regulations
    Every country has its own import and export regulations for agricultural equipment;
  • Phytosanitary Certificates
    These certificates guarantee your pickers are free from pests and diseases; 
  • Custom Duties and Taxes
    Be prepared for import duties and taxes levied by the receiving country;
  • Permits and Licenses
    Certain countries require special permits and licenses for importing specific types of agricultural machinery;
  • Commercial Invoices and Bills of Lading
    Proper and detailed documentation is essential for smooth customs clearance. 

 

Choose Atlantic Project Cargo for hassle-free import/export processes. We are an experienced and reputable shipping company that specializes in handling agricultural machinery.

FACTORS AFFECTING THE COST OF COTTON PICKERS SHIPPING

The main factors influencing cotton picker shipments:

  • Distance and destination (domestic or international, transit countries, and so on);
  • Picker size and weight;
  • Shipping method (air, ocean, road or rail);
  • Regulations and paperwork (permits, taxes, customs duties);
  • Demand (peak harvest season, fuel market fluctuations);
  • Currency fluctuations and others. 

ADVANTAGES OF COTTON PICKERS SHIPPING​ WITH ATLANTIC PROJECT CARGO

Choosing Atlantic Project Cargo for cotton picker shipping means partnering with a team of experienced professionals who understand the specific needs of this industry. We offer a wide-range package of expertise, reliability, and cost-effectiveness, ensuring your machines reach their destination smoothly.