As fully certified and highly skiiled staff with many years of experience of export preparation of heavy haulage, we hope that this article outlines the importance of export preparation and will help you to export your heavy haulage safely and legally.

Export and import rules and standards are set by individual countries, so it’s important that you know the standard of acceptance that your intended export country requires.

Export preparation of heavy haulage – Cleaning

One of the most important aspects of preparing your heavy haulage for exportation is its cleanliness.  It needs to be in absolute pristine condition if it is to be exported successfully.

All heavy haulage machinery must undergo an intensive cleaning programme prior to its export.  This means a complete dismantling of the machine, cleaning all components thoroughly and reassembling them after having made any repairs that are necessary.  All electrics should be working perfectly, so it’s important that checks are made of the start and stop buttons, replacing any batteries etc.

Cleaning of heavy haulage machinery is actually a legal requirement.  Any dirty machinery when being exported is considered to be a biosecurity threat and the chances are that it will be rejected by the importing country.  If this is the case, then the cost of bringing it back to the UK will fall on your shoulders.  That could be a very expensive oversight of the export preparation rules!

Export Preparation of heavy haulage – Documentation

The documentation you will require is extensive also.  For guidance on this check out gov.uk/eori for information on EORI numbers.  This will be needed for completing and declaring safety and security information when you export your heavy haulage machinery.

The customs process differs from country to country, so it’s important that you’re up to speed with the process of your export destinations rules.  You may want to check out the Government’s website for more information gov.uk/apply-vehicle-operator-licence and gov.uk/guidance/international-authorisations-and-permits-for-road-haulage

The process of exportation to Europe has changed since the UK left the EU.  It’s important that you fully understand the new process and procedures.

One option is to use an experienced heavy haulage exportation company, who will help you with all of the aspects of the exportation documentation and to get your machinery in the perfect condition for export.

Export preparation of heavy haulage – what types of machinery

When we talk about heavy haulage machinery, we class the following in this group:

  • Cranes
  • Excavators
  • Bulldozers
  • Trenchers
  • Tractors
  • Mining equipment
  • Harvesters
  • Propulsion equipment
  • Construction & mining machinery
  • Tunnel boring machines

All this equipment is problematic to export without knowing the rules and regulations.  That’s why, if you’re not familiar with the process, it is always best to use a company that will do the job for you!

We are DC Merrett – a family run business based in Gloucester who have been serving clients with heavy haulage machinery for decades.  For more information about what we do and our services, take a look at our export preparation here