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How do I Ship an ATM Machine?

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

Special Considerations for ATM Shipping

Shipping an ATM comes with unique challenges, as theft, tampering and damage are all concerns. Therefore, it is important 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. Taking this important extra step will prevent the machine from rolling around while on the road.

Preparing the ATM for Shipment

The best way to ship an ATM is to put it inside of a crate. Custom crating offers the most secure method of protection during transit, not only because the machine is completely encased, but also because it provides an additional insulating buffer. That being said, 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 shipping solutions out there as well. One alternative option is to palletize it. To do this, first make sure 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 important to make sure that nothing sticks out over the edges of the pallet. Next, completely wrap the ATM 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 damage 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 is going to withhold after the unit is moved several times is key for preventing damage. If you have any questions in regard to packing, shipping or insuring your ATM shipment, give our freight experts a call at 800.716.7608 and they’ll be happy to walk you through the process.

What Is an ATM’s NMFC?

When getting a freight quote, it is helpful to know the item’s NMFC number. Take a look at the chart below to determine your ATM’s NMFC, or freight class.
Cash dispensing125
Kiosk or ATM92.5
Machinery or Machines Other70

How to Get a Shipping Quote

FreightCenter is where the best freight carriers compete for your business. Our freight quote tool enables you to compare multiple carriers’ rates and expected transit times in a matter of seconds. From there you can choose which carrier you prefer to handle your shipment. FreightCenter takes care of the rest. Follow these steps to get an instant online freight shipping quote:
  1. Enter the dimensions, weight and relevant zip codes into the quote form.
  2. You’ll see a list of qualified carriers for your shipment, along with their quote and estimated transit time. Choose your carrier and book your shipment.
  3. A FreightCenter expert will review your shipment and check for accuracy.
  4. Once the shipment is scheduled, you’ll receive your bill of lading and other paperwork.
  5. Double check that all information is correct.
If you have questions about booking, packaging or would simply like to go over your quotes, our freight experts are happy to help. Get your free quote now or give us a call at 800.716.7608.
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