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Shipping Welding Equipment

Learn how to package and ship welding equipment for safe and successful transportation. Discover essential tips and let FreightCenter be your guide - we provide specialized services to ensure regulations are followed and the best insurance coverage is purchased for your shipment.

Need to Ship Welding Equipment?


If you are planning to ship welding equipment, look no further! FreightCenter is an excellent place to find support and logistics services! With twenty-five years in business, an expert logistics team, and an entire blog center to guide you on shipping tips and best practices, we are your one-stop logistics shop!

Our team has much experience shipping welding equipment, and we have the tips, tricks, and tools to prove it. We will organize the logistics and provide guidance, support, and documentation/paperwork while finding you the most cost-effective transit options. We will handle the logistics while you handle your business. Part of “handling” your business includes packaging your shipment properly, which will help your business operations in the long run. Read on for the important details regarding shipping welding equipment!

Types of Welding Equipment


Welding Equipment is a broad category encompassing a large variety of items. Some of the most commonly shipped welding equipment products include the following:

  • Plasma Cutters
  • Gas Cylinders/tanks
  • Welding Machines
  • Welding Torch Equipment
  • Power Tools
  • Welding Tables
  • Welding Gloves
  • Welding Aprons
  • Welding Masks/Helmets
  • Respirators
  • Safety Glasses


When shipping welding equipment, some people prefer to break it down, sending the smaller, lighter items as parcels and shipping only the more significant items as freight. Others prefer to package the minor items, attach them to the shipping pallet, and keep the entire shipment together as LTL freight. We’ll be happy to help you determine the best method for your shipment. Call us with your questions at 800.716.7608.

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How to Package Welding Equipment

As you have read in the bulleted list above,  many different tools and machinery fall under the welding equipment category. Each product is unique and may have additional packaging requirements due to its size, shape, dimensions, weight, fragility, etc. Below are some packaging tips for a select few pieces of welding equipment. Packaging is not a one-size-fits-all approach and needs to be done correctly for proper shipping and a successful transit.

Packaging Welding Machines

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Welding machinery comes in various shapes in sizes, ranging from portable-lightweight machinery to Industrial sized welding machines. It is advised to choose an appropriately sized boxed and line it with styrofoam to absorb the impact and shock experienced during transit. The styrofoam will also help prevent the products from shifting, further preventing damage and loss. Sometimes the machinery is too large or awkward to palletize, meaning you must separate welding machines onto their pallet. Center the machinery on the pallet, and position it securely with nylon straps. Once the machinery is strapped, securely wrap the pallet with plastic stretch wrap. Make sure to avoid wrapping the bottom slots where the forklift goes.

Packaging Plasma Cutters

Plasma Cutters can be heavy, but luckily they are compact, making palletization an easy packaging and shipping method. It may be helpful to box the cutters inside a sturdy corrugated cardboard box. Corrugated Cardboard boxes are made for various specific products, with the appropriate box determined by weight, product type, and dimensions. Once the correct box is selected, stack the boxed units in wooden crates to be palletized. After the boxes are stacked, wrap the entire cargo in plastic stretch wrap. Make sure not to cover the open section on the bottom of the pallet because doing so would prevent the forklift from being able to move the pallet.

Packaging Gas Cylinders/Tanks

Gas Cylinders and Tanks should be shipped with much caution. The most crucial detail to remember is to ensure they are kept upright and never laid horizontally on their sides. To prevent rupturing, ensure the following:

  • Regulators Removed
  • Closed Valves
  • Sturdy valve caps-They should be kept in place.
  • Secure cylinders to prevent them from falling over.


Gas Cylinders are shipped on specific smaller-sized pallets designed to hold them upright. When placing them on a pallet, chain them above the midpoint and below the shoulder. Do not forget to outline specific handling requirements, such as keeping the cylinders out of direct heat and away from corrosive materials. Filling out a safety data sheet (SDS) is required to warn others and guide them on what to do if something goes wrong.

Packaging Power Tools

When shipping power tools, ensure they have been cleaned of any debris, dirt, or residue and that a quality control inspection has been conducted. If possible, break down the tools into smaller parts. Begin by removing any detachable and accessories, packaging these parts separately, and labeling them. Next, wrap up the power tools using suitable protective materials such as foam padding, bubble wrap, sturdy cardboard boxes, etc. Custom-fit foam inserts/blocks can hold the pieces securely in place. If shipping multiple tools, package them separately to prevent scratches/impact damage. Fill empty spaces with additional padding/cushioning materials, which will help prevent movement.


Shipping Welding Equipment Made Easy

Your FreightCenter agent will provide and guide you in filling out the appropriate documentation, including the bill of lading, packing list, commercial invoices, and any required permits and certifications, if applicable. Your agent will also help you determine your products’ freight class and packaging group. When shipping welding equipment overseas, you may have to submit additional documentation, such as shipping manifests, safety data sheets, and certificates of analysis.

It is essential to provide accurate information to your FreightCenter agent, such as accurate descriptions, dimensions, weight, quantities, and values in the documentation. They will help ensure you comply with any regulations affecting your shipping process. We can also help you determine which shipping labels to indicate if the products are fragile, hazardous or when they will require special handling. 

Another area in which choosing a 3PL, like FreightCenter, can smooth out the shipping process is by helping you find the best insurance coverage for your shipment. Purchasing insurance is worth considering. Regardless of how great carriers are, damages still have the potential to occur. When you have already planned to invest in successful logistics, it only makes sense to insure your shipment. We can help you find the best insurance coverage available and make sure you do not have to face the possibility of financial loss.

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LTL shipping involves combining multiple small shipments from different customers onto one truck, allowing each customer to share the shipment cost. Trust the experts at FreightCenter to give you the best prices and the most comprehensive options for all your LTL freight shipping needs.

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Truckload shipping, also known as full truckload (FTL), is a transportation option for freight that requires the entire trucks trailer space. Unlike LTL shipping, FTL shipping is reserved for larger commodities that exceed LTL weight and size limits, typically weighing more than 20,000 pounds or having dimensions that exceed 12 feet in length, 8 feet in width, and 8 feet in height. We deliver optimized solutions for full or partial truckloads and competitive dry van, flatbed, and refrigerated freight pricing. We can cover your full truckload shipping needs.

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When you choose to work with us, you are choosing to make your shipping process seamless. Here are just some of the benefits working with our Third Party Logistics company will have on your shipping experience:

  • When you partner with FreightCenter, a premier 3PL (Third Party Logistics) company with over twenty-four years of experience within the logistics industry, you are choosing success. Over the decades, our team has dealt with nearly every shipment imaginable. There is no shipment process we cannot help you with!
  • FreightCenter employs a knowledgeable staff that is always willing to learn and grow with industry changes and advancements. We are ready to answer any questions you have throughout the entire process!
  • We act as the middleman between you and your carrier; you do not have to worry about playing phone tag with your trucker. Your agent will directly communicate with you and your carrier, delivering any necessary information or updates between you. 
  • We secure the best transit carrier and route for you at the best price. There is no need to spend hours figuring out the logistics or searching for a worthwhile deal. 
  • Our team will help you determine the best transportation method for your shipment.
  • We make it easy to ensure your shipments by guiding you toward the best providers. Whether you need full or partial coverage, we have you covered!
  • We arrange the pickups and drop-offs while also making sure to track each shipment in transit. This ensures that you know where your packages are every step of the way! 


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Welding Equipment Shipping FAQ

Q. How do I safely package welding equipment?


Wrap the machinery in styrofoam and cardboard then strap it to a pallet with ratchet straps. Once strapped, securely wrap the pallet with plastic stretch wrap, making sure not to cover up the bottom slots for the forklift.

Q. What is an appropriate box that plasma cutters shipped in?


Corrugated cardboard boxes are best suited for plasma cutters because they can be custom-fit to fit the product and provide extra protection during transit.

Q. What precautions should I take when shipping gas cylinders/tanks?


Gas cylinders/tanks should always be kept upright and never laid horizontally on their sides to prevent rupturing; make sure that regulators have been removed, valves are closed, valve caps are secure, and that they have been chained above midpoint and below shoulder before shipping out on a smaller-sized pallet specifically designed for these items; also fill out a safety data sheet (SDS) filled out before shipping so no one will encounter any risks associated with handling your cargo if something goes wrong.

Q. How do I ship welding tools and accessories safely?


Start by cleaning the tools of debris, dirt, or residue and conducting a quality control inspection. Break down the tools into smaller parts if possible and remove any detachable accessories before packaging them separately with labels. Wrap up the tools with suitable protective materials such as foam padding, bubble wrap, sturdy cardboard boxes etc., and secure within custom-fit foam inserts/blocks to prevent movement. Fill empty spaces with additional padding/cushioning materials for extra protection.

Q. What documents do I need to prepare when shipping welding equipment?


You will need to fill out the appropriate documentation such as the bill of lading, packing list, commercial invoices, and any required permits and certifications. When shipping overseas, you may need to submit additional documents such as shipping manifests, safety data sheets, and certificates of analysis. Make sure to provide accurate information about the shipment such as descriptions, dimensions, weight, quantities, and values. Purchasing insurance is also worth considering in case any damages occur during transit.

Q. Can I ship welding machines on a pallet?


Yes, you can use a pallet to transport your welding machines. 

Q. Can welding equipment be shipped internationally? 


Yes, welding equipment can be shipped internationally. However, international shipments are subject to various regulations and regulations. Your FreightCenter agent can help you navigate import/export requirements and comply with documentation, permits, and certification requirements.

Q. How can I track my shipment?


FreightCenter provides a tracking service to help you keep tabs on your shipment, making the experience stress and hassle-free. You can track your shipment with the tracking number provided by your carrier. Our customer service team and your assigned agent are here to communicate updates, track your shipment, and answer any questions or concerns.

Q. Can you ship welding equipment using air freight?


Welding equipment can be shipped via air freight, but certain tools may be categorized as hazardous materials. Items like gas cylinders and welding rods will likely be subject to specific restrictions, regulations, and requirements. Your assigned agent will be able to help you navigate the various requirements for shipping welding equipment via air freight.