uShip’s Top 10 Most Expensive Loads of All Time

Our official motto here at uShip is “Ship Anything, Anytime, Anywhere.”  And quite often in the uShip marketplace, that “anything” is something very heavy, and really, really expensive.

If you’ve had the opportunity to watch Shipping Wars on A&E, you’ve seen just a small (and very TV-friendly) sample of the items listed for transport on uShip. Some shipments on the show’s first season were truly huge  (an entire railroad caboose, army tanks, and helicopters come to mind) – but very few were what the industry calls Heavy Haul – the exceptionally large, high-ticket industrial shipments that make big bucks for professional transporters. Heavy equipment items exceeding 100 tons are transported on uShip every day to destinations all over the world.

That said, uShip partners with key players in the heavy equipment auction and resale markets, notably Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, which bring dozens of heavy-haul jobs to the site every month. Since uShip’s heavy equipment category is a bid-based marketplace, some jobs end up paying better than others.

So, we present to you…

The Top 10 Most Expensive (and among the heaviest) Shipments Ever Hauled on uShip

Expensive 1010.  $30,393.70  – Grove RT9100 Rough Terrain Crane    

From Elberfeld, Ind. to Corona, Calif.

Total Weight: 134,458 pounds

With machinery extending 45 feet, and a maximum operating radius of 100 feet, this crane is a monster. It’s got the weight to match. These cranes drive on two axels and often have a rotating base for versatility. As you might guess from the name, they can traverse pretty much anywhere to reach a job site.



Expensive 99.  $32,360  – 3 Articulated Dump Trucks, Caterpillar 725

From Davenport, Flor. to Sweet Grass, Mont.

Total weight, empty: 147,225 pounds

This isn’t your average Tonka toy — this dump truck is 32 feet long, with a total dump height of 21 feet. A buyer from a Ritchie Bros. auction in Davenport, Flor. sent it to the US-Canadian border in Montana. We can assume it’s hauling a ton of Canadian dirt at the moment.


Expensive 88. $32,535.00 – Caterpillar D8N Crawler Tractor

From Louisville, Ken. to Chicken, Ala.

Total weight: 82,590 pounds

This crawler tractor traveled from Kentucky, straight through Canada, to mining and oil country up in Alaska.




Expensive 77. $32,855.80 – Komatsu PC600LC-7 Hydraulic Excavator

From Lake Worth, Tex. to Hai Phong, Vietnam

Total Weight: 124,520 pounds

Given the economic boom in Vietnam, it’s not surprising this Ritchie Bros. lot went to a buyer there. Buyers at RB auctions come from all over the world and place bids both on-site and online. Much of the heavy equipment on the secondary market goes to high-growth countries.



Expensive 66. $34,540.73 –  56 Heavy 20-Yard Roll off Containers/Dumpsters

From Hernando, Flor. to Baker, Mont.

Total Weight: 246, 400 pounds

Someone wanted to send some really big, metal dumpsters to Montana, so they shipped them there with uShip.




Expensive 55. $36.885.80 – Hydraulic Excavators, 3 CAT Crawler Tractors

From Davenport, Flor. to West Mifflin, Penn.

Total Weight: 412,782 pounds

Five more machines, each 30 to 40 feet long, designed to haul a lot of dirt. These machines literally keep the world and the economy moving!


Expensive 44. 38,839.50 – Sea Ray 240 Sundancer

From Morehead City, N. Carolina to Elusina, 

Total Listed Weight: 5000 pounds

One customer sent this 24-foot luxury Sea Ray boat from North Carolina to Eleusina, Greece, a port just outside of Athens. Someone is definitely enjoying their holiday and/or retirement!




Expensive 33. $49,990 – 5 Terex and Grove Hydraulic Truck Cranes

From Davenport, Flor. to Pharr, Tex.

Total Weight: 438,464 pounds

Each of these cranes is 40 feet long, with a maximum height of over 122 feet when fully extended.



Expensive 22. $64,500 – 4 Caterpillar 637D Motor Scrapers

From Springfield, Il. to Lehi, Utah

Total Weight: 450,680 pounds

These four lots where hauled away from a Ritchie Bros. auction in March. As with several other heavy machines in the top 10, this one’s designed to move large amounts of earth for construction and excavation projects.



Expensive 11.  $93,400.60  – 4 Caterpillar 583K Pipelayers

From Morris, Il. to Fort St. John, British Columbia

Total weight: 440,000 pounds

This US-to-Canada shipment of four pipelayers is the most costly shipment that has ever been booked on uShipand even still, we’d venture to guess it was a bargain for industry and the high-value cargo. Each one weighs 55 tons, and it took 6 total loads to complete the job.

uShip’s Top 10 Most Expensive Loads of All Time was last modified: June 26th, 2013 by uShip
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