05.05.2023 - Magazine

Well on the way: transporting capital goods

Anyone who wants to produce consumer goods usually needs various capital goods to do so. And businesses or companies that do not produce also depend on numerous capital goods. As a logistics company, one of our tasks is to ensure that the corresponding goods are transported to the manufacturers or companies. All important information regarding capital goods is summarised here once again.

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Definition: What are capital goods?

Thus, capital goods are usually not intended for the end consumer. Rather, they are an important factor in optimising the production and growth opportunities of companies in the long term. To this end, capital goods can be purchased both new and second-hand.

Examples of capital goods

  • Machinery and equipment (e.g. production machinery, office furniture and equipment)
  • Means of transport (e.g. trucks, aircraft, ships)
  • IT systems and software (e.g. computers, servers, software licences)
  • Tools and equipment (e.g. hand tools, power tools)
  • Communication technology (e.g. telephone systems, mobile phones, network equipment)
  • Energy equipment (e.g. solar panels, wind turbines, generators)
  • Research and development equipment (e.g. laboratory equipment)
  • Security equipment (e.g. surveillance systems, alarm systems, locking systems)

Challenges in the transport of capital goods

Capital goods are usually expensive and often fragile. Thus, transporting capital goods can be a complex and responsible task that comes with a number of challenges.

Logistical challenges

The transport of capital goods usually requires special means of transport and packaging materials that meet the specific requirements of the goods. In addition, the transports must be carefully planned in order to meet exact schedules, especially for time-critical goods. As a lead logistics provider, we can map the logistical challenges along the entire supply chain.

Regulatory requirements

The transport of capital goods can involve a number of regulatory requirements: special permits, customs regulations or other official requirements. If desired, we can take care of the entire customs clearance process and all the necessary bureaucratic steps for our customers.

Security risks

Capital goods are often of high value and therefore pose a higher risk of theft and robbery. We therefore work with track-and-trace systems. This enables us to track our transport logistics in this way in real time – to secure delivery times and detect possible incidents at an early stage.

Natural disasters and weather conditions

Natural disasters and extreme weather conditions can complicate the transport of capital goods and cause delays. Of course, we cannot influence the weather. However, as a globally operating logistics company with a strong network, we are prepared for such events. This allows us to plan alternative routes or transport methods at short notice to minimise delays.

1 PL: First Party Logistics Provider

Logistics and freight forwarding – worldwide solutions

Whether with our own vehicles or as organised transports in our logistics network: depending on the size, weight, value and route of the goods transport, we find the best individual transport solution for our customers’ capital goods. As a lead logistics provider, we offer the entire range of services in transport logistics:

  • Road transport
  • Rail transport
  • Sea freight
  • Air freight
  • Inland shipping

If required, our experts can also take care of customs clearance. This includes the entire administrative process – for both import and export customs procedures. Since Brexit, we have developed a particularly efficient solution for transports to England.

2PL: Second Party Logistics Provider

Capital goods transport by Huettemann

Overall, the transport of capital goods requires a high degree of planning, coordination and care to ensure that the goods arrive at their destination undamaged. Our experts will provide you with comprehensive advice on the transport of your capital goods. This also includes the points of loading, storage and goods transport insurance. As soon as we have clarified the framework, you will receive an individual offer with transparently listed transport costs.

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In the Huettemann Group we bundle our extensive service portfolio for one goal: to find the perfect, customised logistics solution for you. In addition to our global transport and warehouse services, we offer you numerous logistics services along the entire supply chain. In this way, we develop logistics concepts with added value that suit you.


Competent, diverse, high-performance and future-oriented: As a family-run international logistics company with headquarters in Duisburg, we have been turning our passion into a profession for more than 65 years and today, more than ever, we stand for customised logistics solutions along the entire supply chain.


Every industry has its own logistical requirements. As a broadly positioned logistics company, we adapt to the goods flows and wishes of our customers. We go one step further: we become an integral part of your process chain.