You may have heard of break bulk and oversized shipping before, especially if you’ve been perusing international car shipping websites lately. But what does that mean exactly? 


  • Oversized shipping involves any large piece of equipment, machinery, vehicle or vessel that needs to be shipped overseas.

  • Break bulk refers to the method of transporting cargo as separate pieces rather than in containers.

Transporting breakbulk cargo brings many challenges, such as the risk for damage, delay penalties and missed connections. That’s why you can rely on our highly trained logistics team, which works closely with you to ensure your needs and special requirements are addressed.


Here at Ship Overseas, we serve a variety of industries, from construction and mining to oil and gas. Some materials require special handling, like oil, steel and rail machinery.


We get a lot of questions about our break bulk and oversized shipping services, so we have compiled all the industries here to help you out. 


  1. Mining


Need cost-effective solutions for cargo handling, storage, processing, maintenance, and inland and ocean transportation? We provide all that and more for these types of mining equipment:

  • Trenchers & Scrapers
  • Conveyor Belts 
  • Dump & Haul Trucks
  • Bulldozers
  • Excavators
  • Drilling Rigs
  • Track Loaders & Wheel Loaders

  1. Oil and Gas


You need proper handling and stowage services for all your oil and gas equipment such as:

  • Pump Jacks
  • Drilling Rigs 
  • Piping
  • Well Heads
  • Frac Tanks 
  • Refinery Equipment
  • Replacement Parts
  • Skidded Process Units


  1. Construction


If you work in the construction industry, you need cost-efficient inland and ocean transportation solutions. This gives you the flexibility to dispatch your construction equipment to the right destination, when it’s needed. Here are some examples of commercial vehicles that can be shipped:

  • Wheel Tractor Scraper
  • Dump Trucks 
  • Excavators
  • Backhoe
  • Dragline Excavator
  • Graders
  • Trenchers
  • Loaders
  • Tower Cranes
  • Pile Boring and Driving Machines 
  • Bulldozers
  • Compactors
  • Telehandlers
  • Feller Bunchers
  • Pavers


  1. Power Generation


Power generation equipment is some of the most challenging and heaviest equipment to transport. That’s because they pose a lot of logistical challenges, which is why it’s necessary for us to partner with a global network of heavy haulers and ocean freighters to properly transport this equipment:

  • Generators
  • Wind Power
  • Steam and Gas Turbines
  • Combined Heat and Power Units


  1. Rail


Your high-volume product deliveries have to fit within tight time frames to ensure no damage is done to this type of rail machinery:

  • Streetcar Trolleys
  • Switching Equipment
  • Locomotives
  • Cabooses
  • Rail Cars
  • Tank Cars
  • Boxcars and Refrigerated Boxcars
  • Diesel Engines
  • Auto Racks
  • Flatcars
  • Covered Hoppers
  • Rails and Rail Ties
  • Gondolas


  1. Aviation


Aviation equipment requires creative handling and safe transportation solutions for on-time delivery of sub-assemblies from factory to factory for the following:

  • Aviation Testing Equipment
  • Airplanes
  • Helicopters
  • Jet Engines
  • Airplane Fuselages
  • Airplane Wings
  • Airplane Tail Sections
  • Aviation Hangars
  • Runway Pavers
  • Aviation Wind Tunnels
  • Aviation Control Towers
  • Aviation Electronics


  1. Mobile Offices and Trailers

Perhaps your company needs office mobility on job sites or maybe you need temporary housing for disaster relief. Either way, you will need safe and fast transport of:

  • Modular Homes
  • Container Offices 
  • Mobile Offices
  • Mobile Homes
  • Portable Storage Units


  1. Boats and Yachts

Services include cradling, stowing of smaller boats, and crane operations, in order to accommodate:

  • Ferries
  • Fishing Vessels 
  • Sailboats
  • Yachts
  • Houseboats
  • Tugboats and Towboats
  • Motorboats
  1. Trucks and Buses


Whether you need to transport just the chassis or fully built-up units, you need safe delivery of the following:

  • Garbage Truck
  • School Bus 
  • Refrigerator Truck
  • Semi-trailer
  • Tank Truck
  • Coach
  • Fire Truck
  • Transit Bus
  • Semi-trailer
  • Double-decker Bus
  • Ambulance


  1. Agricultural


Smooth transportation is needed for a full range of agricultural products, such as:

  • Cultivator
  • Balers
  • Harvester Tractor
  • Front-End Loader
  • Cultipacker
  • Plows
  • Harrows
  • Plastic Mulch Layer
  • Backhoe
  • Wheel Rakes
  • Irrigation System
  • Broadcast Seeder
  • Transplanter
  • Seed Drills


Contact Ship Overseas

If you don’t see your question about break bulk and oversized shipping listed above, feel free to reach out. Ship Overseas has nearly 40 years of expertise in transporting and shipping high, heavy and super loads, offering you the safest, fastest, and most efficient way to transport breakbulk cargo around the world. We offer oversize shipping internationally to all seven continents, and we transport oversize loads in all 50 states in the U.S. 

If you want to know more about our break bulk or oversized shipping, contact Ship Overseas today for a free quote. We would be happy to accommodate your unique needs.

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Important info to Ship a Car Overseas:
  • No car can leave USA if it has a lien on it. What does this mean? Your car must be paid in full. The only people who can ship a car overseas and still carry a lien on the car are US Military and Government employees/contractors. For those people a letter of authorization from the lender will need to be issued to pass US Customs. Otherwise the car may be considered stolen.
  • A clear Title of Ownership with no Liens on the Title.
  • If you bought a car new, then your name must be listed on the front of the Title as the registered owner.
  • If the vehicle has been sold, then both the Seller and Buyer have to sign the back of the Title in the spaces as detailed on the back of the Title.
  • For safety reasons, the vehicle cannot have more than a ¼ tank of gas.
Import Duty for Destination Country:
  • Import duty is NOT collected by Ship Overseas. It must be paid at the arrival port by whoever is picking up the car. We wrote a blog post about vehicle import duty here. It talks about how to find out import duty for your country.
Travel & Living Abroad:
  • Most countries will allow a traveler to temporarily import their car for up to 6 months. After the 6 months is up, import duty will be charged. For many travelers going to Europe and taking their car, a deposit is paid up front. When the car goes back to it's destination country, the deposit is refunded. If a person has lived in USA for 1 or more years, most countries will allow that person to bring their car back duty free! The car must not have any liens on it. Please check with your Customs Department first.
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