Handling and moving household cargo is very different from handling heavy and oversized loads like mining equipment, windmill parts, petrochemicals, etc. The latter is known as project cargo and is a specialized field within logistics. So, how do you find the right project cargo handlers in Saudi Arabia? Here’s a checklist.

What is Project Cargo Logistics?

Project cargo refers to freight shipping that involves high-volume, high-value cargo. It could be domestic or international. The key difference between the usual commercial cargo forwarders and project cargo handlers is in the amount and type of cargo handled. It is one of the most complex logistics services that is challenged by time constraints, safety regulations, cargo volume, etc. Goods transport by land, air or sea and may require a combination of infrastructure, transportation modes and other special equipment and above all the experience.

The main industries that require project cargo handlers who specialize in machinery shipping, petrochemical shipping, etc are:

  • Oil and gas
  • Mining
  • Wind power
  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Renewable Energy
  • Power plants
  • Aerospace
  • Petrochemical Fields &
  • Machinery & Capital goods for new factory setups.

So, what should you keep in mind when looking for project cargo handlers?


The first step is to align all the parties involved in cargo logistics. You need a detailed plan that covers the freight process. Your logistics handlers should have a good reputation in the market for complying with safety regulations as well as on time delivery and customer service. They must also be financially stable and properly insured.

International Reach

If you’re looking for a cross border shipping solution provider, you need to ensure that the logistics provider has international connections. Along with break bulk shipping, the service provider should be able to handle all customs requirements and ensure a smooth process. They must be aware of the customs requirements for import and export of goods through shipping containers in different countries and have people onboard at each port who can handle them.


While there are a number of freight forwarders who handle international shipping, not all may be experience in handling project cargo. Thus, when you’re selecting a partner, you must ensure that they are sufficiently experienced in handling project cargo from your industry – the needs for handling project cargo for petrochemical industry are very different from the needs for shipping equipment for the aerospace industry. An experienced project cargo handler will have a well-defined process that explains every step of the cargo handling process. Ideally, look for a company that provides complete end-to-end services.

The Best Project Cargo Handling Company in Saudi Arabia

Project cargo is highly valuable and the smallest mistake can be very expensive. Experienced freight forwarders aren’t mere service providers but a way of adding value. Over the years, BAFCO International Shipping and Logistics Co. Ltd. has managed and successfully transported project cargo for many state projects and for well-known companies. Regardless of the type of cargo and your shipping destination, BAFCO can provide the consultancy, technical engineering services and innovative solutions required for world-class project cargo handling. Contact us today.

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