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Forage harvesters are the foundation of efficient hay and silage production. But getting these machines to where they need to be, can be a logistical headache.

Atlantic Project Cargo are heavy equipment shipping specialists and we will help you to navigate routes, regulations, and permit needs.

WHAT IS A FORAGE HARVESTER?

A forage harvester, or silage harvester, is a farm implement that reaps, collects, and chops crops into a form suitable for livestock feed or silage. The resulting product, often a mixture of grass, maize (corn), or other crops, is then compressed and stored in a silage clamp, bunker, or bags for future use. The primary purpose of a forage harvester is to facilitate fast and efficient collection and processing of crops, maximizing the nutritional value of the feed and increasing the productivity of livestock operations.

TYPES OF FORAGE HARVESTERS

They come in all shapes and sizes, each ready to tackle different needs. Let’s have a look at the most common types of forage harvesters:

  • Self-propelled. Large, expensive machines with a propulsion system, typically used in commercial farming operations;
  • Trailed. eConnect to a separate vehicle for propulsion, typically a tractor. They are smaller and less expensive than self-propelled versions;
  • Mounted. Attached directly to the tractor and powered by the tractor’s engine;
  • Precision Chop. Deliver a precise chop length, which can benefit certain livestock feed types;
  • Drum. Have a set of rotating drums that cut and collect the forage, commonly used for small to medium-sized farming operations.

MOVING FORAGE HARVESTERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

Let’s explore the transportation methods and regulatory hurdles you can face when transporting forage harvesters.

 

Moving Modes

  • Lowboy
    Great option for self-propelled harvesters;
  • RGN
    Suitable both for self-propelled or pull-type harvesters;
  • Step-deck
    Has a limited size for equipment, and is used for smaller machines;
  • Double Drop
    For tall machines, because it provides maximum clearance;
  • Railroad
    A good option for transporting multiple machines.

 

Restrictions and Regulations

  • Weight Limits
    Each state has its own weight limits for trucks and trailers;
  • Height and Width Restrictions
    Bridges and tunnels have their cargo dimension restrictions. For oversized harvesters you need permits;
  • Escort Vehicles
    For wide loads, to ensure safe passage;
  • Route Planning
    Avoid restricted routes, low bridges, and narrow roads by working with experienced shipping companies like Atlantic Project Cargo.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING OF FORAGE HARVESTER

Shipping a forage harvester across international borders is a whole new level of logistical complexity compared to domestic hailing. Let’s have a look at transportation methods, restrictions, and regulations.

Transportation Methods

  • Ocean Freight
    The primary method for international shipping for long distances. Choices include:
  • Roll-on/Roll-off ships;
  • Container ships;
  • Breakbulk Shipping.
  • Air Freight
    Expensive, but the fastest way to ship a disassembled harvester.

Restrictions and Regulations

  • Import and Export Regulations
    Each country has its own regulations for agricultural equipment imports and exports. Documents like phytosanitary certificates and invoices must comply with specific requirements.
  • Weight and Dimension Limitations
    Port facilities and shipping lines have their own limitations. Disassembly might be necessary.
  • Customs Duties and Taxes
    Importing a forage harvester requires paying duties and taxes;
  • Insurance
    Crucial for protecting the machine from damage or loss.

Partnering with an experienced freight forwarder like Atlantic Project Cargo, specializing in agricultural equipment, helps to avoid the complexities of international shipping.

FACTORS AFFECTING THE COST OF FORAGE HARVESTER SHIPPING

Among the factors affecting forage harvester shipping costs are:

  • Transportation method (ocean, air, road, rail);
  • Size and complexity of harvester;
  • Disassembly requirements;
  • Destination and route;
  • Insurance;
  • Storage fees;
  • Seasonality.

ADVANTAGES OF FORAGE HARVESTER SHIPPING​ WITH ATLANTIC PROJECT CARGO

When shipping harvesters or other agricultural equipment, choose Atlantic Project Cargo. We’re experts in handling oversized equipment and we have a global network for efficient and timely deliveries. We tailor solutions to your needs, ensuring regulatory compliance and cost-effective options for smooth and stress-free shipment.