Need to Transport Break Bulk Cargo? Let Heavy Haulers Get it Where It Needs to Be!

Unusually sized and shaped cargo can be difficult to move from place to place. Many companies simply aren't equipped to transport outsized or irregularly shaped loads. Heavy Haulers has the capability to ship general cargo or goods that don't travel in standard shipping containers or cargo bins. Do you have an outsized load? Heavy Haulers ships to all 50 states, plus internationally and overseas. Call us at (800) 908-6206


Heavy Haulers is dedicated to quality service and we pride ourselves on being reliable and trustworthy. Another reason our business has succeeded is due to our adaptation to new virtual resources and new age business development that we have created and contributed to the industry's vital resources that make us better than the competition.


Loading Paper rolls from bulk break ship in the port

What is Break Bulk Cargo Shipping?

Different from other heavy goods and items, break bulk cargo includes oversized equipment, large units, or cargo not transported in regular shipping bins. These larger items can move in the ship's hold, or on appropriately sized and weighted skids and pallets. It can also include "heavy break bulk cargo," items weighing over 100 tonnes, such as turbines or heavy engines. Construction equipment and vehicles, as well as boats and small planes, are considered break bulk shipments too.Break bulk cargo is different from bulk shipping for petroleum products. Essentially, items in break bulk cargo must be loaded individually, instead of in standard sized shipping containers or in intermodal containers such as those used for grain or petroleum products. Each piece of break bulk cargo is loaded individually, often needing specialized equipment to do so.




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bulk break drill bit in transport

Why Choose Break Bulk Shipping?

Many people prefer breakbulk shipping because although the loading and unloading may be more time consuming, it means that their cargo doesn't have to be disassembled for shipment. In addition to allowing pieces of specialized machinery to remain intact, there are other benefits to breakbulk shipping. The time spent disassembling and reassembling the items can add a quite a lot of time to the initial shipment estimates for getting your items from Point A to Point B. Reducing the time spent reassembling your complicated machinery can make quite a bit of difference, especially for projects under tight deadlines. Finally, you don't run the risk of possible loss of individual components of your equipment – or errors in reassembly.

Drawbacks to Break Bulk Shipping

Looking at the benefits of moving your unusually sized cargo via break bulk shipping, it seems like a win all around. However, there are some things to consider before booking your shipment. Cost is the main factor in determining whether to use breakbulk shipping. These items tend to take up more space in the ship's hold and aren't able to stack uniformly. This means that there is less room for other goods on these voyages, hence the added expense. The ships used for break bulk shipping may be outfitted with special cranes and equipment, as well as specialized ways to secure your items during transport. Some ports may not have the specialized equipment to get your heavy cargo onto the ship – which may mean more overland travel to an appropriate port, and thus more expense.



Who Needs Break Bulk Shipping?

When you're planning your next bid or determining travel to your next job site, consider using break bulk shipping instead of your usual methods. If you're a contractor or owner in the petrochemical, oil and gas, energy, marine, or mining industry, then the break bulk shipping provided by Heavy Haulers is perfect for your needs.



What are Typical Break Bulk Shipments?

Your larger machinery and supplies might travel more easily via the break bulk method. Or, if you have "catastrophic recovery" needs – this is, if you need to transport a broken or destroyed piece of equipment – then the break bulk methods will work best for you.


  • Timber
  • Cranes
  • Paper Pulp
  • Steel slabs
  • Moblie Homes
  • Project Cargo
  • Drummed Crago
  • Bagged Cement
  • Steel Pipes and Rebar
  • Heavy Construction Machinery

Benefits to You

  • Heavy industry and power generation businesses can move their equipment all over the world. Some equipment, like windmills, turbines, and larger augers and drilling equipment, can only be transported using the break bulk method.
  • Allow your goods to enter less developed areas. Some ports aren't large enough for typical container ships, and thus the break bulk shipment method, using smaller ships that displace less water, may be the only way to reach your destination.
  • It's easier to keep goods separated. If your items need to arrive at different destinations in separate units, it makes more sense to have them broken down separately than to share a container.
  • Freight rates on break bulk shipping are determined based on the basis of Freight Ton or Revenue Ton. This means that the freight is charged on the volume (CBM) or the weight (MT), whichever one is higher.


Bulk Break ship preparing to be loaded

Making it Work for Our Break Bulk Shipping Clients

Break bulk requires more third-party handling of your equipment – and this means that you need a shipping company that you can rely on. Heavy Haulers has made our reputation as a dependable and safe shipping solution thanks to our diligent attention to detail and high standards for those we partner with.

We oversee the entire process, from initial loading to delivery at your final destination. Once your shipment as docked into port, Heavy Haulers can also take care of the overland transport process’s including specialized trailers and heavy trucking equipment, or even barges. Part of the Heavy Haulers shipping experience includes real-time contact with dispatch, meaning that you'll know where your shipment is as it's moving.


Heavy Haulers can Transport Any Size Break Bulk Cargo

Although transporting heavy items and unusually sized cargo is more difficult than standard shipments, Heavy Haulers rises to the challenge. We are equipped to handle the job. Some of your shipping methods require specialized equipment and more expensive methods of shipping, but using our extensive network of transportation professionals, Heavy Haulers is able to negotiate the best prices for your load, and pass those savings along to our clients. We understand that you work on a budget, and that time is money. With Heavy Hauler's experience and professional qualifications, we have the capability to move nearly anything, anywhere, by ship. If you think this is the solution to your difficult transport needs, call Heavy Haulers today for a free estimate (800) 908-6206.




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Common Trailer Types Available from Heavy Haulers

Heavy Haulers specializes in hauling heavy loads such as construction equipment, oil field rigging and Super Loads. We are wideload experts! We offer an extensive range of trailer choices, including:









  • 11423605

    MILES TRAVELED




  • 1214292

    LOADS SHIPPED








  • 1315658103

    TONS TRANSPORTED




  • 921637

    CLIENTS SATISFIED



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