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Shipping Restaurant Equipment

Shipping Restaurant Equipment

Save on freight costs shipping restaurant equipment using FreightCenter. Use our freight calculator to compare freight rates and save money.

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Are you buying or selling restaurant equipment? Restaurant equipment is large and heavy. Most equipment will require a freight truck to transport it. Freight costs are often hidden in any transaction involving transporting goods.

FreightCenter brings them out into the open by enabling you to compare the costs of shipping restaurant equipment from trusted carriers before committing to your sale using our instant freight cost tool.

Here are a few of the commercial restaurant equipment we can help transport.


  • Grills
  • Ranges
  • Deep Fryers
  • Charbroilers
  • Ovens
  • Refrigerators
  • Freezers
  • Coolers
  • Plus many more
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Why Should You Ship Restaurant Equipment With FreightCenter?

When it comes to shipping restaurant equipment, FreightCenter offers several compelling reasons to choose their services:


  • Expertise in Restaurant Equipment Shipping: When it comes to shipping, FreightCenter is an excellent choice for its knowledge and experience in handling delicate and valuable shipments. We understand the unique requirements and challenges of shipping restaurant equipment and take proper precautions to ensure proper packaging, handling, and transportation. With FreightCenter, you can trust that your cargo will arrive safely and on time.
  • Wide Range of Transportation Options: FreightCenter offers many transportation options tailored to your requirements. Whether you need trucking, rail, sea, or air freight, they can cater to your shipment’s size, volume, and urgency with flexible solutions. Rest assured that your restaurant equipment will be delivered securely and punctually with FreightCenter.
  • Insurance Protection: FreightCenter recognizes the importance of your shipments and provides comprehensive insurance choices for added protection and peace of mind. We’ve partnered with a leading insurance protection provider to give you a cost-effective option to protect your freight.
  • Real-time Tracking and Communication: With FreightCenter’s cutting-edge tracking technologies, you can stay up-to-date on the status of your shipments. Their proactive updates keep you informed of any potential delays or issues, and their effective communication channels provide quick solutions to any problems that may arise.


When you choose FreightCenter as your shipping provider, you’re tapping into their wealth of expertise, multiple transportation options, adherence to safety compliance, insurance coverage, global shipping capabilities, real-time tracking, and top-notch customer support. We’re dedicated to providing exceptional service, ensuring that your shipments are handled with precision and care for a seamless shipping experience.

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Types of Restaurant Equipment We Ship


Grills, Charbroilers, and Sandwich Grills


Grills are appliances used for cooking food over direct heat and come in many types and styles. Electric and gas flat-top grills are two of the more popular types.

Charbroilers and sandwich grills are also commonly used throughout the restaurant industry as they can produce high heat levels and create distinctive grill marks on the food. Charbroilers are either gas-powered or electric. Chicken and hamburgers come to mind when I think about that unique grill flavor we get from our favorite foods. Electric or salamander broilers may be used depending on a chef’s preference.

Sandwich grills are also known as panini presses or sandwich presses. They have two heated plates that clamp down on the sandwich and are a part of delis and cafes.

Commercial Ovens

Ovens are a necessity for most restaurants, and there are various types:


Standard Ovens: Electric or Gas ranges are in most restaurants and sent the most. Ovens also range from coal to wood to solid fuel. Ventless oven ranges are a common type as well. Commercial ovens are typically made of stainless steel, glass, wood, brick, or a combination. 

Convection Ovens: Convection ovens have fans circulating hot air throughout the cavity, allowing food to cook more evenly and quickly than in a standard range. They are ideal for baking pastries, bread, and other baked goods.

Combination Ovens: Combination ovens are versatile and can be programmed to perform various cooking functions, including baking, roasting, steaming, and grilling. They are often used in commercial kitchens that need to prepare a wide range of dishes.

Pizza Ovens: Pizza ovens are designed to cook pizzas quickly and evenly. They are often used in pizzerias and other restaurants that serve pizza. 

There are many types of Pizza ovens that we ship:

  • Wood-Fired Pizza Ovens – Wood is the fuel source and gives the pizza a smokey flavor with crispy crusts.
  • Gas Pizza Ovens – Offer consistent heat distribution and precise temperature control.
  • Electric Pizza Ovens – Silimar to gas ovens in that they offer consistent heat and accurate temperatures. 
  • Conveyor Pizza Ovens – Popular in fast food pizza chains as the pizza moves on a conveyor belt through a cooking chamber.
  • Deck Pizza Ovens – Made of ceramic or stone decks, the pizza is placed for cooking.
  • Rotating Deck Pizza Ovens – These ovens have the features of a deck oven with a rotating mechanism for even cooking.
  • Countertop Pizza Ovens – Ideal when there is limited space in the kitchen.
  • Brick Pizza Ovens – Similar to wood-fired ovens, bricks are heat-retaining material. They can be wood, gas, or electric fired.
  • Hybrid Pizza Ovens – Combine different fuel sources and provide flexibility with varying methods of cooking and flavor profiles.
  • Portable Pizza Ovens – These are compact ovens used for events, catering, or home gatherings.


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How to Ship Restaurant Equipment


Preparing restaurant equipment for transport involves several essential steps to ensure the safe and secure transportation of the items. Here is a general guide on how to prepare restaurant equipment for transport:


Clean and Sanitize The Equipment

Before transporting any restaurant equipment, it is essential to thoroughly clean and sanitize it to help prevent the growth of bacteria and maintain the equipment’s condition. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for cleaning each specific piece of equipment. Be sure to remove any food debris, grease, or other residues.

Disconnect and Secure Loose Parts

It is crucial to disconnect any removable parts or accessories for specific equipment, such as grills, ranges, fryers, broilers, and ovens, including grates, racks, heating elements, knobs, burners, and any other components that can be removed. Secure these parts separately by wrapping them in protective material or packing them in a separate container.

Empty and Clean Refrigeration and Storage Units

If transporting refrigeration and storage units, ensure they are emptied of any perishable or non-perishable contents. Thoroughly clean and sanitize the interior and exterior of the units, including removing any shelves or removable parts. Allow the unit to dry completely before transport to prevent mold or mildew growth.

Secure Doors and Fastenings

Inspect the equipment to secure all doors, lids, or other fastenings. This includes checking hinges, latches, and locks. Use appropriate tools to tighten or adjust fastenings to prevent movement during transport if necessary. Cover delicate parts with protective padding or bubble wrap, especially for equipment with glass or fragile components.

Disconnect Utilities and Secure Cords

Carefully disconnect the connections following proper procedures for equipment connected to utilities such as gas, water, or electricity. Secure any loose cords or hoses to prevent damage during transport. Use zip ties or cord organizers to keep cables neatly secured and out of the way.

Provide Proper Packaging and Protection

For smaller items or equipment with delicate components, it is advisable to package them in suitable containers or boxes. Use appropriate packing materials such as bubble wrap, foam, or packing peanuts to provide cushioning and protection during transport. Label the containers or boxes clearly to indicate their contents for easy identification. Restaurant equipment should be in boxes strapped to sturdy wooden pallets. Try to ship them in manufacturer boxes.

Cost to Ship Restaurant Equipment

The cost to ship restaurant equipment via freight can vary widely based on several factors. When obtaining shipping quotes, consider the following factors that can influence the cost:

  • Distance: The distance between the pickup and delivery locations significantly impacts the shipping cost. Longer distances generally result in higher shipping costs.
  • Weight and Size: The weight and dimensions of the restaurant equipment play a crucial role in determining the shipping cost. Heavier and larger equipment may incur higher shipping fees.
  • Type of Equipment: Different types of restaurant equipment have varying shipping requirements and freight classes. Larger and specialized equipment may require additional handling or packaging, impacting the cost.
  • Shipping Method: The shipping method you choose, such as LTL (Less Than Truckload) or FTL (Full Truckload), will affect the cost. FTL may be more expensive, but it offers the advantage of dedicated space.
  • Freight Class: Restaurant equipment is assigned a freight class based on size, weight, value, and fragility. The freight class affects the shipping cost, with higher classes increasing shipping costs.
  • Accessorial Services: Additional services like liftgate delivery, inside delivery, residential delivery, and specific delivery time windows can add to the overall cost.
  • Insurance: Depending on the value of the restaurant equipment, you might opt for additional insurance coverage to protect against loss or damage during shipping.
  • Season and Demand: Shipping costs can fluctuate based on supply and demand. Peak shipping seasons might result in higher prices.
  • Market Conditions: Economic conditions and fuel prices can influence shipping costs.

Used Restuarant Equipment Shipping

Whether you need to ship new or used restaurant equipment, FreightCenter can help. We work with many auction companies, auction sites, and wholesalers of used restaurant equipment to offer competitive prices.


Ship Restaurant Equipment and Save Money

As a high-volume freight broker with deeply discounted contracts with many of the top freight carriers in the U.S., FreightCenter typically saves our customers 25%, 50%, 75%, or more.

FreightCenter is where the best freight carriers compete for your business.

Compare the Costs of Shipping Restaurant Equipment From Trusted Carriers

If you’re ready to ship restaurant equipment, get a free, instant freight shipping quote that will enable you to compare carrier rates and the estimated time in transit for each carrier.

If you need help, FreightCenter’s shipping experts are waiting to help you at 800.716.7608. Start shipping with FreightCenter and get the biggest bang for your shipping dollar.



Shipping Restaurant Equipment FAQ

Q. How can I get a freight quote for shipping restaurant equipment?


To obtain a freight quote, provide details about the restaurant equipment, including weight, dimensions, pickup, delivery locations, and any specific shipping requirements. Freight carriers will then calculate the cost based on this information.

Q. How can I ensure the safe transit of restaurant equipment during shipping?


To ensure safe transit, restaurant equipment should be securely strapped and protected with appropriate padding to prevent damage. Proper packaging, including palletization, is essential, and delicate equipment may require additional cushioning.

Q. Can I get assistance with unpacking and installation of the restaurant equipment upon delivery?


Many specialized freight carriers offer additional services, including unpacking, inside delivery, and basic installation. Discuss these options with the carrier beforehand to ensure a smooth delivery process.

Q. What should I do if my restaurant equipment arrives damaged or missing?


If your restaurant equipment arrives damaged or missing, document the condition with photographs and notify the freight carrier immediately. Follow their claims process to seek compensation for any damages or losses during shipping.

Q. Is shipping insurance necessary for restaurant equipment shipments?


While not mandatory, shipping insurance is highly recommended for valuable restaurant equipment. Insurance provides coverage in case of damage, loss, or theft during transit, offering financial protection for the equipment.