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How to ship large items

Ship your large items as freight

What is a large item?

While there is no standard classification for ”large items” in the logistics industry, what’s considered a large item can depend on anything from size, dimensions, how much space the item takes in a truck to even more vague criteria, as for instance if the item needs to be placed on a pallet. In general, shipments considered ”large” need to be shipped as freight.

Ship your item as freight

With Saloodo!, our customers receive the highest level of service and quality. With us, you can ship any items within a few clicks. You can register for free, get immediate access to a growing network of verified carriers and choose from multiple offers. You can also keep track of your shipment at any time, benefit from our live chat service and get in contact with our dedicated customer support team. Ship your item as freight conveniently throughout Europe with Saloodo! as your contract partner and single point of contact.

Are you shipping a parcel or freight?

If your shipment weighs less than 68kg and can be shipped in its own packaging or carrier supplied boxes, then it fits the description of a parcel. These type of shipments are normally not sent on pallets and can be transported with courier services.

However, if the shipment is over 275cm in length and if you want to ship individual packages over 68kg, then shipping your item as freight will be better than a courier service. This is because (in some cases) small parcel shipments can get damaged, lost or delayed.

Shipping large items on a pallet with Saloodo!

Ship your items safely and reliably to your destination of choice. With Saloodo! you can:

  • Register for free and use your account anytime, anywhere
  • Choose from multiple offers
  • Get real-time status updates from pick-up to delivery

What is the cost of shipping large items?

There is no fixed price for shipping large items, as the cost can depend on factors such as:

  • Location (the distance between pick-up and drop-off)
  • Time urgency (how fast you need the shipment to be delivered)
  • Dimensions and weight of the shipment
  • Which vehicle type and services are right for you (LTL, PTL, FTL)

What is an oversized item?

Any single item exceeding 500kg  is considered an oversized item and will require some kind of special requirements and industrial equipment.

What are some examples of permitted goods with Saloodo!?

  • Weight min/max: 31,5 kg/24.000 kg – Secure and clearly marked packaging is necessary.
  • Fit for the purpose of transportation and handling, safe from unauthorized access (no undetected access to goods must be possible)
  • Pallets must be stacked flush on top of each other
  • The items must be moved by one person safely without damage.

I want to ship valuable items. What are Saloodo!'s policies on this matter?

In case of valuable or theft-sensitive items, you must inform Saloodo! of the specific transport request depending on the type and value of the goods and the current risks involved. This will enable us to assess whether or not to provide a price and take appropriate measures for the safe and damage-free completion of the transport. Valuable goods are classified as those that, at the time and place of taking over, have an actual value of at least EUR 50 per kg or EUR 10,000 per packed item or per shipment.

Ship your large item as freight

It's easier shipping large items with Saloodo! when the goods are secured on a pallet
This is an example of a large freight placed on a wooden pallet.

Less than truckload (LTL)

If you are looking for a cost-effective way of shipping one or two pallets without needing to occupy the entire truck, then less than truckload is a perfect fit. LTL is a great choice for shipments over 70kg but under 9,000kg.

Partial truckload (PTL)

Partial truckload is ideal for shipping large items, that need to be transported from 6 to 18 pallets, within the 3,600kg to a 12,240kg range. PTL has faster delivery times and more competitive rates compared to LTL and does not rely on freight class classifications.

Full truckload (FTL)

If your shipment is time sensitive and requires the entire space in the truck due to its dimensions, then the full truckload shipping is probably the best transport method.

How to keep costs down when shipping large items

Be specific

Whether you are a small business or just starting, it is crucial to understand the logistics aspects related to shipping large items. Not providing the exact dimensions of the item or not knowing the contact details of the persons at the pick-up or drop-off locations can result in unwanted surcharges. Best way to avoid additional costs is to provide the correct details of your shipment, which brings us to the next point.

Calculate your item’s measurements correctly

Shipping larger items can be tricky when your shipment is not considered ”normal-sized”. This is because the ratio of size to weight is different and can cause surcharges if you are using the wrong measurements units.

When you plan on shipping large items, you should calculate the measurements of your shipment by using the dimensional weight (also known as DIM or volumetric weight). The DIM weight is normally used for items that are voluminous but don’t weigh much. Instead of using the physical weight, the DIM weight takes into account the height, length, and width to assess how much space the shipment will occupy in a truck. The dimensional weight is calculated as (length x width x height) / (dimensional factor).

Secure packaging

You should take into consideration the different stages of transit and the many steps your items have to go through before they reach the final destination. It is not recommended to cut corners with packaging, which can actually make a difference between a happy customer and a damaged product.

How to secure the content of an item (box)

Shipping large items with a Saloodo! barcode
A box secured and ready for transport.
  • Make sure to pick a box that matches the dimensional weight of your item. This will prevent unnecessary movement of the item during transport. (tip: buy double wall cardboard boxes for fragile or heavier items – this way, you secure the goods better in case of sudden impact)
  • If you plan on using a former box, make sure to first check if it’s still in a good condition (that means no holes, tears, marks or dents). Also, no old labels. (tip: if you want to remove any stickers or labels without damaging the box, use a heat gun at its lowest setting or a similar alternative, as the heating will help you peel them off from the box)
  • Pad the box with padding paper, bubble wrap or packing peanuts
  • Wrap and tape the sharp edges of your items individually
  • Put a copy of the label inside the box and write the recipient details on the inner package flap
  • Add at least three strips of packing tape across all flaps, seams, top and bottom (tip: use the H taping method)
  • Secure the label on the largest surface of the package (tip: use a black marker to write the nature of your items. For instance, if they are heavy or fragile, and then draw arrows on the box to point which side is up – this will help ensure the safety of those handling the goods)

Using Saloodo! to ship your items

Choosing a digital freight platform like Saloodo! will give you the possibility to choose from different offers depending on your requirements and select the price that suits you best.

  • Free registration
  • Multiple company accounts
  • A growing network of verified carriers
  • One contract partner and single point of contact
  • Live-chat and customer support
  • Paperless documentation
  • Online tracking and real-time updates

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