How are heavy equipment transport costs calculated?

How are heavy equipment transport costs calculated?

When moving heavy freight, there are some key measurements to consider – height, length, and weight - and most importantly, cost.

Heavy equipment transport is a vital service that keeps Australian businesses going. Without reliable, regular supply of the equipment and products they need, work would grind to a halt. But it shouldn’t cost the earth to get heavy haulage items from A to B. There’s a fine line between needing something delivered and eating into the bottom line such equipment supports.

So it’s important to understand the factors that influence how transport companies calculate heavy equipment transport costs, so the best deals and arrangements can be made.

Three main factors for transport costs

Moving heavy equipment is a big job, especially over long distances. There are many factors that influence the overall cost, but most transport companies group them into three main areas:

Labour costs

Trucks needs drivers. Freight needs to be loaded and unloaded by logistics workers. The cost of transport is greatly influenced by the size, weight and frequency of the equipment you need delivered – the bigger the freight, the larger the workforce and equipment needed to deliver it.

Material costs

These are the extras needed to safely deliver heavy equipment, such as packaging materials to protect goods in transit and extra equipment like forklifts and cranes.General overheads

Fuel, insurance, electronic freight tracking systems, truck mileage – all the little costs that a transport company incurs when it’s running a supply chain add up.

Reducing your transport spend

Now that you understand the three main factors that go into calculating your transport bill, you can work to reduce your transport overheads.

With labour costs, you can reduce this factor by reducing the size and amount of the equipment or products that you need delivered. If that’s not possible, consider splitting up the equipment - this can reduce the size of the truck being used to transport it.

You can reduce material costs by providing your own packaging and arranging your own specialist unloading equipment at the delivery end, as long as you have the correct licences and permits. Overheads can be reduced by ensuring the most direct delivery route is taken, and by having only the most essential items delivered when you need them.

National Heavy Haulage calculates great deals

Above all, the bottom line with heavy transport costs is to find the right heavy transport company to do the job right.

At National Heavy Haulage we are a heavy freight transport company that places great importance on making the right calculations for heavy haulage our customers. As one of the leading transport companies in Brisbane and Australia wide, we service a huge range of clients across the mining and civil construction sectors. We know how important the bottom line is to the success of the businesses we deliver to.

If you’re looking for heavy transport in Brisbane, National Heavy Haulage has the right solution ready to work today. For a comprehensive quote, call us on 1300 79 22 49 or get in touch with National Heavy Haulage.

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