Addfield Environmental Systems Ltd.

How to ship an incinerator internationally.


We are proud to have customers stretching across every continent and covering more than 95 counties. One of our biggest barriers is often not finding the customers but finding the best solution to transport their machine to them safely.

Fortunately there is an internationally recognised set of guidelines know as Incoterms (International Commercial TERMs) that helps us to manage the process. The current version was established in 2010 by the International Chamber of Commerce.

This guides how we manage almost all of our international shipments. If you are looking at importing one of our incinerators these are the options that you have available.

Incoterms are broken down into two core groups:

Group 1: Incoterms which apply to any mode of transport are:

  • EXW – Ex Works
  • FCA – Free Carrier
  • CPT – Carriage Paid To
  • CIP – Carriage and Insurance Paid To
  • DAT – Delivered at Terminal
  • DAP – Delivered at Place
  • DDP – Delivered Duty Paid

Group 2: Incoterms which apply to sea and inland waterway transport only:

  • FAS – Free Alongside Ship
  • FOB – Free of Board
  • CFR – Cost and Freight
  • CIF – Cost, Insurance and Freight

At first glance this list can look a little daunting however in our day to day dealings there are only a few that we use on a regular basis.

CIF – Cost, Insurance and Freight – Typically this is how we ship the majority of our international machines. With CIF we have the machine delivered to the nearest port, for predominantly coastal countries this would be a major containership sea port. For landlocked countries these are typically inland freight ports. Collection from port is then arranged by our customer to take the incinerator to their site.

DAP – Delivered at Place – This is when we manage the entire journey starting with the collection from our factory in Staffordshire all the way through to delivery on site, managing every channel through the process including customs.

EXW – Ex Works – Although rare we do have occasions where the customer chooses to collect the machine and manage the entire process themselves.

Standard delivery is one thing but when you consider our average machine weighs at least several tons how do we ensure that the delivery takes place smoothly?

Let’s be honest Air freight is completely out of the question, so we rely on Sea and Road to move our machines.

How to send an incinerator by Sea Freight.

95% of our shipments made through CIF are classed as ‘Full Container Load’ FCL.

Loaded in our factory in either 20ft or 40ft containers by fork lift truck.

For larger machines which are 10 tons and upwards, in this case they can not be loaded into a standard container and so a 40ft open top container is selected. These are typically loaded with a crane:

Once loaded our team of engineers secures the equipment before carrying out a number of final quality checks and ensure that the packing lists is cross referenced.

The container is then delivered to port by the freight forwarder ready for shipping. Once at sea the journey can then take between 20-50+ days depending on location.

A week after we have confirmation that the boat has set off the deeds of the goods is received and then forwarded on to the customers address. This document is known as the Bill of Laden (BOL).

The BOL proves the ownership of the goods in the container to allow our customer to collect them from the port.

When the sea freight arrives at the nominated port it is ready for customs clearance followed by inland freight by lorry to its final destination.

As this has been delivered following CIF incoterms, from this point on the goods and any local duty/tax where applicable are the customers responsibility. We recommend our customers appoint a freight forwarder to undertake this activity.

The customer tariff code also known as a harmonised tariff code (HS code) is HS 8417 100 000, this number explains the type of product contained and is used to apply duty to the goods where applicable.

Once delivered to site the customer has a 2-3 hour window to unload the container as that still belongs to the shipping company unless this has been purchased separately which is the case with containerised machines.

We recommend that to ensure safe unloading that appropriate lifting equipment in onsite including ensuring that fork lifts have suitable ‘Long arms’ to reach the incinerator for removal and positioning.

How to send a pet cremator by Road Freight.

The other main route for international delivery is Road freight typically DAP (Delivered At Place), where we manage the entire process from door to door.

90% of our road freight is large equipment, we choose to send this as a dedicated load or as non-transhipments. Whilst this costs us more, it greatly minimises the chance of damage as it doesn’t allow freight forwarders to up lift and move equipment at freight hubs should they wish to equip your lorry with other deliveries.

Equipment is collected on a curtain slider truck or for large loads a flatback trailer

As it is not going by boat delivery times are a lot shorter ranging from 1-10 days. We are able to use DAP for deliveries in the UK and across Mainland Europe.

For larger machines we require removal with a crane.

Once offloaded the incinerator is moved into position onsite with loading equipment inline with how we are able to move the incinerator into the building. Forklift trucks and skates can move through doorways and using cranes when we need to go in through the roof.

As with unloading a container we recommend that to ensure safe unloading that appropriate lifting equipment in onsite including ensuring that fork lifts have suitable ‘Long arms’ to reach the incinerator for removal and positioning.

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