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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 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.

Cost to Ship and ATM

The cost to ship an ATM can range greatly. The factors that determine the shipping cost of an ATM is 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. To ship an ATM across the entire USA could cost as high 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 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.

Shipping Crate DIY
Shipping Crate Fragile

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 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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