There are companies all around the world willing to buy used heavy equipment from overseas dealers. Exporting heavy equipment can be challenging because you must follow both export and import regulations. In addition, shipping heavy equipment gets very expensive and must be worked into the price of the equipment itself.

Step 1.

Hire a shipping company for container consolidation and packing. The shipping company must be able to consolidate your heavy equipment into a single container for easy tracking and the lowest possible cost. Use a project forwarding company that specializes in exporting heavy equipment and has extensive experience shipping overseas. Ask several possible companies for shipping rates based on the specific dimensions of your heavy equipment before making your final decision.

Step 2.

Classify your equipment to determine licensing requirements. Submit a classification request to the Bureau of Industry and Security, and they will then determine the licensing requirements under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

Step 3.

Check the legality of your export. Certain end-users and end-uses for equipment exports are illegal, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. There are certain countries that you cannot export equipment to because of U.S. Government restrictions. For example, you cannot legally export heavy machinery to a party involved in the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them.

Step 4.

Submit an export license application online. Most heavy equipment products require a special license to export to other countries. Fill out the application at the Simplified Network Application Process Redesign (SNAP-R) on the Bureau of Industry and Security website. Technical brochures and support documentation about your heavy equipment must be included with your application. Once your export license is approved, you will receive a license number and expiration date to use on your export documents.

Step 5.

Check import regulations for the country to which you are exporting. There are certain types of used equipment that you cannot import into certain countries even though you are allowed by U.S. law to export them. See the Resources section to find a list of countries with import regulations on used heavy equipment.

Step 6.

Transport the equipment to the import pickup spot. Either move the equipment yourself or hire a truck to transport it to the designated importation area. The export company may pick your equipment up from your warehouse for an additional fee.