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Agricultural robots, or “agribots,” are revolutionizing farming tasks with advanced technology, enhancing activities from seeding to soil monitoring. With the global farming community confronting rising labor costs, the demand for these intelligent machines is escalating worldwide.

TYPES OF AGRICULTURAL ROBOTS

  • Autonomous Tractors and Equipment: These robots are designed to perform tasks traditionally done by tractors, such as plowing, planting, and harvesting;
  • Drones. Drones equipped with cameras and sensors are used for crop monitoring, mapping, and spraying pesticides or fertilizers;
  • Robotic Harvesters. These machines are specifically designed for picking fruits, vegetables, and other crops;
  • Weeding Robots. Designed to identify and remove weeds without damaging crops;
  • Monitoring and Sensing Robots. These are equipped with sensors to monitor soil conditions, moisture levels, temperature, and other parameters;
  • Robotic Pruners and Thinning Machines. Used in horticulture, these trim, and prune plants, ensuring proper growth and yield;

 

  • Herding Robots. Used for herding livestock, monitoring their health, and guiding them within a designated area;
  • Aquatic Robots. Designed for aquaculture purposes, such as automated feeders, underwater drones for monitoring fish health, and cleaning devices for aquaculture tanks;
  • Sorting and Packing Robots. Automate the process of sorting agricultural produce based on size, color, quality, and packaging;
  • Robotics for Greenhouses. Designed specifically for greenhouse operations, including tasks like climate control, seeding, watering, and harvesting in controlled environments.

MOVING AGRICULTURAL ROBOTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

These machines demand careful planning and specialized expertise. The first hurdle: each state has specific weight and height limitations for oversized vehicles, and some machines may require permits or escorts due to their dimensions. Additionally, batteries and other onboard electronics might fall under hazardous materials regulations.

Standard flatbed trucks with secure tie-downs might be enough for smaller robots or short distances. Larger ones or cross-country journeys often need specialized trailers like lowboys or step decks. Advanced options with sensors require climate-controlled containers to maintain optimal conditions during the trip.

Rail transport brings its own set of challenges. Infrastructure limitations and scheduling complexities require careful planning and coordination. Moreover, Federal Railroad Administration regulations about hazardous materials (batteries, electronic components, and so on) should be strictly followed.

No matter the chosen method, ensuring cargo will reach its destination without damage is crucial. Atlantic Project Cargo uses the best securement practices like heavy-duty straps, chocks, and proper weight distribution.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING OF AGRICULTURAL ROBOTS

Moving agricultural robots across international borders can be a hard task. There are three main hurdles in this process – complex regulations, complicated logistics, and transportation nuances.

Regulations

  • ISPM 15 compliance
    All wood packaging materials used for crating robots must adhere to ISPM 15; 
  • Country-specific Restrictions
    Each country has its own import and export regulations for robotics. For example, the US norms require adherence to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations for robotic workplace safety, including operator training and emergency stop mechanisms. China restricts imports of robots with advanced AI capabilities or autonomous navigation features;
  • Battery and electronic regulations
    Different countries have varying regulations regarding the transportation of lithium batteries and other electronic components.

 

Transportation methods

  • Ocean Freight
    For bulk shipments or long distances containerized ocean freight offers a cost-effective solution.;
  • Air Freight
    For urgent deliveries or robots with sensitive components requiring controlled environments, air freight provides the fastest option;
  • Multimodal Transport
    Combining air, sea, road, and rail can be a cost-effective option for certain routes. 

Understanding these factors in robot shipping, ensures these machines reach their destinations. Partnering with Atlantic Project Cargo, an experienced company specializing in high-tech cargo, provides invaluable expertise and help.

FACTORS AFFECTING THE COST OF AGRICULTURAL ROBOT SHIPPING

Let’s have a look at the key elements influencing agricultural robots' shipping price tag.

Robot Size and Complexity

  • Weight, dimensions, and the potential need for specialized transport affect the shipping costs;
  • Robots with advanced AI, sensor arrays, or complex control systems require special handling and crating.

Distance and Transportation Method

  • Shipping across the state is obviously cheaper than sending it across the globe;
  • Combining different modes like rail and sea offers cost-effective solutions.

Regulations and permits

  • Obtaining necessary permits, and certificates and adhering to safety protocols can add to the cost.

Additional Services

  • Proper securing and crating;
  • Insurance adds to the overall cost.

ADVANTAGES OF AGRICULTURAL ROBOTS SHIPPING​ WITH ATLANTIC PROJECT CARGO

We expertly handle agricultural robots and offer custom solutions. We will help you to move these machines efficiently and safely with our dedicated team and global network.