Frequently Asked Questions
Buyer: How does TractorExport/XportAg ship combine harvesters?
TE: We have two ways to ship combines. One way is fully built fully assembled. This is called Ro-Ro or roll on roll off. Normally this is the most expensive way to ship but sometimes we can get a good price. The other way is in a container. We can fit a combine into a container by partly disassembling in our shop in Illinois. You will need to assemble once it reaches you. It is not difficult to re-assemble at your end but you will need a forklift and a mechanic. Shipping in a container is almost always cheaper to ship. We do everything to get it to your port. The heads are shipped in a separate container. See our web page for some photos of our packing: Logistics.
Buyer: How are self powered sprayers shipped?
TE: Sprayers with booms up to 90 ft are shipped just like the combines above. A sprayer fits in one 40 ft container.
Buyer: How are tractors shipped?
TE: Large tractors, 400 HP and larger are shipped Ro-Ro or in containers like the combines above. Smaller tractors go two or three in a container. The amount of disassembly depends on the size of the tractor.
Buyer: What does “CIF” mean?
TE: CIF means Costs Insurance and Freight. This means that it includes the cost of the machine, the local transport to our shop, our costs of packing, the transport to port, the ocean freight and ocean insurance. Once it arrives at your port, you need a local forwarding company to clear it through customs for you. They take care of everything including the duty and local tax you need to pay. TE can recommend a local forwarded to clear the machine. All costs once it reaches your port are paid by the buyer.
Buyer: How is payment effected?
TE: The normal payment is a bank transfer in US dollars at the time of order. But TE can work with buyers if they prefer to use letters of credit. There are extra charges for Letters of credits and a minimum amount of US $100,000. Used equipment sells very fast and is subject to prior sale, so a buyer may want to consider a cash deposit while he arranging full payment. TE can only accept payment for machinery before it leaves our yard as sale is as it leaves our place. The buyer owns the machine once it leaves.
Buyer: What about warranty or guarantee?
TE: Used equipment is sold as is but we guarantee that the equipment will be as we describe. There is no warranty. If warranty is required, a buyer must buy a new machine and greatly higher cost from a local dealer in his country.
Buyer: How do I know about the machine?
TE: We will send you photos and describe the machine and condition. Third party inspections are available at extra cost for the buyer. We recommend that a buyer take advantage of this the average cost of an inspection is $300. In addition TE will answer any question that the buyer may have.
Buyer: Can I come to Miami to inspect a machine?
TE: A buyer is always welcome to visit us in Miami but we only have a sales office in Miami. We have no equipment in Miami. Our machinery is located throughout the USA. Most of our farm equipment is located in the state of Illinois. If you would like to see a specific machine you will need to travel to see it in another location. Once you reach the location of the machine you will be attended to in English.