Machinery Shipping Reviews

Shipping used machinery can be a real challenge unless you have the experience and partners worldwide who ship machinery every day. Here’s some of our work.


Massey Furguson tractor shipping to UK

so many thanks for a brilliant service

I was looking to buy this tractor from my relations in NZ. I found Taurus Logistics online, and they can have it washed clean and transported to Auckland Port for shipment.

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The Challenge

To ship a family owned Massey Ferguson tractor, from the bottom of the world in New Zealand to Southampton, taking care of all Customs and Quarantine along the way.

"..it was a daunting task and I am impressed at how smooth you guys at Taurus have made the whole process, so many thanks for a brilliant service

The Solution

We worked with Mr McClounie's relatives in New Zealand to ensure they understood how clean it had to be for shipping, as it had just come off the farm. We then shipped and our local agent in Southampton took care of all the Customs formalities on arrival.

The Result

I collected my little tractor from Southampton last Thursday and arrived back home here in Scotland on Friday afternoon with no problems. I would just like to thank you for your help and advice and guidance on shipping the tractor from NZ to the UK.

Lindsay McClounie

Caterpillar D9

Caterpillar D9

You can save thousands of dollars purchasing these large bulldozers from on-line auctions, but they’re only a bargain if you can land them back home, and still be better off than buying local. That’s where Taurus have the expertise, and can offer quick ball park quotes. Continue Reading

The Challenge

This second hand D9 which had been purchased at auction by our client, has the appearance of a very tidy machine, however on close inspection it is not up to the cleanliness standards to enter New Zealand.

The Solution

Taurus Logistics provided full service from transport across the US, breaking down the machine for cheaper shipping configuration, with disassembly for access to hard-to-reach areas requiring washing.

The Result

The machine arrived in Auckland and passed MAF with minimal fuss. We then transferred the D9 to a local coastal vessel for delivery to port Nelson where our customer collected it.


Shipping a Case Combine Harvester

highly recommend Taurus Logistics to anyone..

When we purchased a new Case Combine Harvester in Iowa, the choice of shipping company was simple – Richard Hack of Taurus Logistics had previously provided us with excellent service when importing containers of Agricultural Equipment. Continue Reading

The Challenge

Our project involved some logistical headaches – we had purchased a new combine and 25ft grain cutting front in Iowa along with three used “draper pickup” fronts in Montana. We worked with Richard and Tara from Taurus together with the selling dealer in Iowa to organize the transportation, packing and shipping to New Zealand

The Solution

The combine, being over-dimension needed to be loaded on a transporter with its wheels removed and hauled 950 miles to Baltimore, lifted from the trailer and have its wheels re-fitted prior to a final wash down and loading for the sea voyage to Auckland where it received a MAF clearance. Taurus then organized the re-loading of the combine for coastal shipping to Lyttelton. Three draper fronts in Montana were dismantled, hauled by truck 1,250 miles to Iowa where they were packed in 20ft and 40 ft containers together with the grain front and various parts and other equipment we had purchased. These containers then travelled by train to New York and were shipped directly to Lyttelton.

The Result

All of this equipment arrived in Lyttelton on Time, on Budget and with not so much as a single scratch on them. This whole process when extremely smoothly, with communication between ourselves, Richard and Tara, our Iowa Dealer and Taurus’ American Agent being open, easy and accurate, with daily updates being central to success for all parties. So much so that I have never met Richard or Tara in person, and we arranged the whole importing process without leaving our farm yard. I would have no hesitation in highly recommending Taurus Logistics to anyone importing equipment into New Zealand.

David Clark, Valetta Farm

Harvester to New Zealand

Harvester: Vancouver to Christchurch

New machinery like harvesters are best shipped below deck on RORO vessels to ensure they do not get any salt damage. In this case the customer was happy to take the risk due to the urgency involved. Continue Reading

The Challenge

This was an urgent shipment needed for the summer harvest of berries in Christchurch. With only weeks being the difference between our customer getting return on the machine from harvesting, or being faced with having the machine arrive after the harvest.

The Solution

To make the harvest in the quickest possible time, Taurus Logistics had the shipment terminate in Auckland, unloaded, MAF and Customs cleared, then trucked direct to consignee ready for harvest.

The Result

The machine arrived on time, was commissioned, and out harvesting berries the following week.


 Concrete-pumping truck to NZ

Concrete-pumping truck

I bought a used concrete pumping truck from a supplier of mine in Taiwan, but the price to ship it back to NZ was just not cost effective. That’s when I spoke with Taurus Logistics to find me a cheaper way. Continue Reading

The Challenge

This is a typical example of many of the OOG (out of gauge) shipments we are asked to find competitive shipping solutions for. Our customer had purchased ex works in Keelung, meaning we had to provide all logistics to pickup from the sellers site, secure to a flat rack, and transport to port.

The Solution

We engaged our local agent in Taiwan, who is also a specialist in shipping heavy machinery, to handle the load and lash to the flat rack, and the transport on a low loader to port.

The Result

We approximately halved the expected freight cost to our customer, by our approach to handling is concrete truck, and utilising on deck opportunities. Normally this would ship under deck, as the salt water corrosion would do to much damage, but in this case our client was happy to have the lower price as the parts he wanted from the truck would not be affected.


Shipping a Vermeer Trencher

User Vermeer Trencher

This trencher was received at port from the machinery dealer, and at initial glance appeared to be clean. Until we noticed the dirt which had been painted over! A machine even in this apparent condition needs a lot of washing prior to shipping to New Zealand or Australia. Failure to remove all soil and organic matter can result in the cargo being refused entry into the country. Continue Reading

The Challenge

Remove all soil contamination, and dismantle parts where necessary. Failure to remove all soil and organic matter, can result in the cargo being refused entry into the country.

The Solution

We stopped the machine from going on board the vessel, and had photos taken to send to our customer. We then set to work to wash the trencher and remove all the dirt and contamination for loading on the next vessel which was only a few days away.

The Result

The machine arrived in New Zealand on the next vessel, only a few days behind schedule, but because of our intervention it saved our customer thousands of dollars in storage and MAF fees on arrival. It also avoided him being blacklisted in the future due to the importation of dirty machinery.

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