If this would be your first time to import some equipment or heavy machinery for your construction, earthmoving or contracting business, you have started wisely with the decision to do so. And if you actually chose to get used heavy machinery or equipment instead of brand new ones, again, you just made another smart and cost effective decision.
Why so? As long as you make sure that the used heavy machinery or equipment you plan on investing in are in good working condition, there is no reason for you to hesitate in buying them. After all, many business owners actually do and even recommend this technique. There is technically nothing wrong with buying any used machinery just as long you make sure that you are investing high-quality and still fully-operational ones.
And this is actually the first step when choosing to import any pre-owned machinery or equipment from abroad: making sure that they are indeed sound investments and that these can be relied on for use in your business for several years to come. The next step would then be looking into the whole importing and shipping process.
You need to know that importing, especially heavy machinery, can sometimes be really expensive. Although you might be purchasing used excavators, there are additional costs of domestic freight, shipping, duties and other fees and taxes can easily inflate the cost of imported used machinery. As such, you need to take vital preliminary steps to ensure that everything goes well during the importing process and that you are prepared for all the expenses that come with this.
First off, know all the details regarding the import requirements of your country. Every country usually requires specific documentation and charge different rates of duty on equipment or machinery imported from another country. By carrying out this necessary task, you can avoid the stress of not being able to submit or meet certain requirements in time and also, you will be able to modify your budget accordingly for the machinery you need or want.
Second, get all the details or specs of the machinery you wish to purchase. You need to know the size, its total weight, make and other important details. This will also figure greatly in the budget you will have to prepare for the whole importing process.
Lastly, choose your shipping or exporting firm carefully. Find one that has a good long standing reputation and really delivers on their promises. Look for one that offers competitive rates but also provides high quality services as well.