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How Much Does it Cost to Ship an Engine?

Need to ship an engine? Shippers who are unaware of how to ship engines correctly risk making errors that can affect the price and cause billing adjustments to be applied to the final cost. The most accurate way of finding out how much it would cost to ship an engine is to reach out to one of our friendly customer service personnel for a freight quote. Getting a freight quote is free.

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Cost To Ship An Engine

The cost to ship an engine can vary based on size, weight, distance traveled, and packaging. Generally, most engines can run from $120 to $380. However, pricing can also depend on the shipment type. Shipping via Less-Than Truckload (LTL) effectively consolidates your engine shipment with other shippers’ freight. As a result, you effectively “share the cost” of a full truckload. Because of this, shipping your engine via LTL freight could cost as low as $100+, depending on weight, distance, and other factors. LTL also offers accessorial services. These include expedited shipping, notification, and guaranteed services, among many others. While there are always multiple options, LTL is the best for shipments, such as an engine for all kinds of freight.

Ways To Ship An Engine

Are there other options available when you want to ship an engine? While there are technically other options, there are reasons why we only recommend LTL. The additional freight services that carriers provide include full truckload shipping. The pros are that they have special equipment needs and tend to be the fastest option. However, you would need to pay for all of the space your shipment doesn’t take up and you may struggle to find a carrier to ship your type of item.

Partial Truckload is the other option. Shipments with this service are essentially a fusion of LTL and full truckload. You receive dedicated trucks that move smaller loads simultaneously, but there may be a limited number of trucks available like if you were to ship full truckload. These possibilities are due to carriers moving temperature-controlled or hazardous items that would make your engine shipment unsafe. Carriers such as these are best saved for other item types. For the foreseeable future, LTL carriers remain the top choice for those looking to ship engines.

Correct Packaging Can Lower The Cost To Ship An Engine

Follow these steps to ship an engine:

  • Drain all fluids – Before packaging, all liquids must be removed from the engine(s). Carriers will refuse any auto parts that are leaking fluid. This fluid can damage themselves or cargo that may be shipping on the trailer with the package.
  • Clean engine – Before palletizing or crating the engine, it must be clear of excess oil or grease.
  • Packaging (Crate) Freight Class 70 – Crating is a costlier method, but most freight carriers like it. Follow the steps below while creating your engine:
    • Secure the engine inside the crate with engineered foam enclosures to keep it from shifting during transit.
    • Using nuts and bolts to assemble the crate will ensure it will not open until the crate reaches its unpackaging destination.
  • Packaging (Pallet) Freight Class 85 – Palletizing engines are a standard method for shipping. Check with your carrier first to see if they will ship an engine using a pallet and not a crate. Follow the steps below while palletizing your engine:
    • Secure the engine to the pallet using tie-down straps.
    • Cover the engine with insulating material such as corrugated fiberboard or moving blankets.
  • Attach the (BOL) bill of lading – The bill of lading acts as the shipment receipt given by the carrier to the shipper of goods. The document presents:
    • Names and addresses – The full names and addresses of both the consignee and shipper should be legible.
    • Purchase order or reference number – Each set of numbers is unique to each order; these are a reference for the freight to be released for pickup.   
    • Details about pickup and delivery locations – For example, is it a residence or a garage? Is there a loading dock with a forklift?
    • Date – The date of pickup must be on the paperwork.
    • Description of item(s) – Give all the make and model information. The more detail you can provide beyond a generic classification like “engine,” the less likely your cargo will be subject to a re-weigh or re-classification.
    • Packaging type – Container used for shipment.
    • NMFC code – Freight classes impact the cost of the shipment. Freight class is based on weight, dimensions, density, ease of handling, value, and liability. 
    • Hazardous material safety data sheet – This document must be with the BOL when shipping hazardous materials such as engines.  
    • Labeling – The law requires Caution labels on each container containing HAZMAT. During transit, hazmat labels notify handlers throughout the delivery of the product’s danger level in the container.
Engine being shipped on pallet
Car engine being packaged onto a pallet
Engine shipped in a crate
Car engine being packaged into a crate (safest packaging method for an engine)
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Shipment Billing

The (BOL) Bill of Landing is a carrier requirement for shipments. The BOL is paperwork with important information about shipping costs and transportation. Ensure it is 100% accurate before providing it to the carrier so there are no issues that can cause an adjustment to your billing. The cost for your bill is something you always want to remain the same and not need adjustments.

Avoid Billing Adjustments

There are many ways to avoid carriers applying additional costs. If you keep your engine on a loading dock or curbside and ensure destination drop-off is one of those, your price shall not rise. Another way is to make sure not to have the pickup or delivery be at a residential or limited access location. When one of those is your starting and end locations, you may use a terminal as an alternative for pickup and drop-off. FreightCenter is very happy to assist with these. We ask that you always do your best to pay attention to all your shipment details to avoid billing adjustments.

Get Started With FreightCenter: Estimates To Ship An Engine

FreightCenter has shipped thousands of engines over the past 20 years. Our team of experienced freight agents can help you navigate the specifics of your engine shipment and help you ensure you cover all necessary steps. Start today by using our free freight quote tool. This allows shippers to find the best rate by analyzing all available freight carriers, LTL carriers, and shipping routes. What would be needed are the postal codes of both the pickup and drop locations. In addition, the facility types of each site, along with the dimensions of your shipment. You shall be able to compare LTL rates and get the best one possible for your shipment. FreightCenter is happy to assist in breaking down/reaching all of your shipment options. If you need assistance with shipping your freight, call us at 800.716.7608.

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