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How do I Ship an ATM Machine?

ATM shipping can present its challenges, and we’re here to help. You can safely and cost-effectively ship an ATM or automatic teller machine by choosing the right shipping partner. Because of its weight and size, the best way to ship an automated teller machine is via freight carriers. It will likely send as an LTL (less than truckload) freight shipment, meaning the shipper only pays for the portion of the truck taken up by his or her item. This is generally the most cost-effective way to ship freight.

Cost to Ship an ATM

The cost to ship an ATM can range significantly. The factors that determine the shipping cost of an ATM are based on not only the shipping lane but also the fragility of the machine, the replacement value, and the size and weight of the ATM. In general, a local shipment can ranch from around $75. Shipping an ATM across the USA could cost as much as $750, depending on the weight and size. Please use this free ATM shipping calculator to find the best and lowest cost to transport your machine.

Special Considerations for ATM Shipping

Shipping an ATM comes with unique challenges, like theft, tampering, and damage are all concerns. Therefore, it is essential to ensure that automatic teller machines are shipped in fully enclosed containers that provide ample buffer to protect the unit from damage. Additionally, if your machine has casters, either remove them (preferred) or lock them into place. This crucial extra step will prevent the machine from rolling around on the road.

Shipping Crate DIY
Shipping Crate Fragile

Preparing the ATM for Shipment

The best way to ship an ATM is to put it inside a crate. Custom crating offers the most secure method of protection during transit, not only because the machine is wholly encased but also because it provides an additional insulating buffer. Hiring someone to build a custom crate for an ATM can be expensive. Another option, if you are handy with tools, is to crate the machine yourself with materials that are easily found at your local home supply store.

Shipping an ATM on a Pallet

While crating an ATM is the best option, there are other automated teller machine shipping solutions out there as well. One choice is to palletize it. First, ensure the machine is centered on the pallet, away from the edges, and banded down. It is important to note that any overhang will likely be damaged while in transit. Because of this, it is crucial to ensure that nothing sticks out over the edges of the pallet. Next, completely wrap the automated teller machine in a layer of bubble wrap or shipping blankets, followed by a thick layer of shrink wrap.

Wrapping the machine with soft material will help protect it from getting scratched or damaged during the bumpy ride. Remember that LTL freight shipments are frequently unloaded and reloaded during transit, so packing the crate or pallet in a durable manner that will withhold after the unit is moved several times is critical for preventing damage. If you have any questions concerning packing, shipping, or insuring your ATM shipment, call our freight experts at 800.716.7608 and they’ll be happy to walk you through the process.

What Is an automated teller machine NMFC?

When getting a freight quote, knowing the item’s NMFC number is helpful. Look at the chart below to determine your ATM’s NMFC or freight class.

  • Cash Dispensing Machines or ATM
  • Kiosk or ATM
  • Machinery or Machines Other
  • Freight Class 125
  • Freight Class 92.5
  • Freight Class 70
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