OTS Australia P/L (a division of a.hartrodt ) have over 50 years of experience in transporting Heavy Machinery from countries like China, Italy, Germany, USA, and Turkey.  We are approved AQIS depot providing expertise in the international shipping and haulage of heavy machinery.

International Freight Forwarders for Commercial & Industrial Heavy Machinery, Packaging Machines, Tractors, Harvest Equipment, Earth Movers, Excavators, Bulldozers, Scissor Lifts and forklifts.


Packaging Machinery
Packaging Machinery


What do you need to know before you import?


Australia has the strictest biosecurity measures in the world and the importing process can be difficult, and time consuming if the correct documentation is not provided to AQIS.
In most cases, delays occur for incomplete paperwork and the machinery fails to clear customs or boarder control.
Before importing into Australia, Importers of heavy machinery should also visit “The Department of Agriculture” for all the information regarding:

• Cleaning guides and checklist of the machinery prior to arrival
• Cleanliness requirements of the machinery prior to arrival
• What import permits are required.
• Bio-security risk material

Understanding the best and most competitive way of importing will depend on the kind of equipment required (flat rack, Open Top, FCL, Ro/Ro), transit times and shipping line.

Our full list of heavy machinery includes:

  • Packaging Machines
  • Tractors
  • Harvest Equipment
  • Earth Movers
  • Excavators
  • Bulldozers
  • Scissor Lifts
  • Forklifts
  • Cranes
  • Bobcats
  • Farming Equipment
  • Manufacturing Machinery


Used Machinery vs New Machinery

Used Excavator
Used Excavator
New Forklift
New Forklift

There is a major difference between importing new vs used:


Used Machinery will always be subject to greater scrutiny at boarder control then new machinery.  And quarantine Inspections will be required at all times to determine if the machinery meets the acceptable cleanliness standards of the Department of Agriculture.
It is the importers responsibility to ensure that all machinery arrives in Australia free from Biosecurity Risk material such as: soil, plants and animal materials.

Rely on an experienced freight company like OTS Australia (a division of a.Hartrodt ) to ensure we provide you, the importer, with our extensive experience and know how.

Feel free to contact our sales director or complete one of our quotes request forms.




Licensed Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS)



• Importers of commercial and industrial machinery should also visit “The Department of Agriculture” for more information.