Let Us Pick Up and Deliver Your Large Items

Freight Quote Australia specialises in the pick up and delivery of large, heavy and bulky consignments. Transporting large items comes with its own unique set of challenges. As a specialist large item courier service provider, we understand these challenges, and will be happy to provide you with a quote for the cost of picking up your large items and delivering them to where they need to go. Simply fill in our Request a Quote form to find out what we can do for you.

The below list is in no way exhaustive, but provides some examples of large items and bulky equipment we can transport for you:

  • bulky gym equipment and furniture items
  • garage items, including lawnmowers, work bench and bulky tools
  • large pieces of timber, bales of insulation and other building materials
  • machine and automotive parts, such as wheels, tyres, engines, gearboxes etc.

While we do specialise in shipping large items, it's important to state that Freight Quote Australia is not a removalist company. As such, it is important that large boxes and other goods to be picked up should be placed ready (in advance if possible) either at the entrance of the building, on the driveway or even next to the kerb, if it is safe and responsible to do so.

Drivers cannot be expected to lift a large package in excess of 25kg or max 30kg unaided, but may offer to help to load a heavier item together with you. As a general rule, goods to be shipped should not stand more than 1.8m tall and ought not be longer than the tray of the vehicle they are being loaded onto.

In order for use to provide you with a courier quote for the large item you need transported, we will require some specific information from you. The Request a Quote form takes only a couple of minutes to complete, and we are able to respond to most quote requests in less than 30 minutes.


How much does it cost to transport a large bulky consignment?


While practically every consignment is different, there are certain common factors which will impact on the transport costs. Below is an overview of the most common cost-increasing factors, together with our own explanation as to why these factors impact on the cost of the freight. We’ve also included some tips for steps you can take to ensure any extra costs are kept to the absolute minimum.

In the table below, the term “consignment” refers to the item being transported, including any pallet, crate or other packaging material.

Factors which will impact on the freight quote you receive

Factor

Why this impacts on the

Tips for reducing or avoiding this cost

Volume (i.e. size)

The larger the item, the less space on the vehicle for other items. Large items may also be more cumbersome to handle than smaller items.

Generally, there are only two ways to reduce the size of the consignment: Reconsider sending only the most critical part(s) of the item, or reduce the volume of the packaging. For example, if an engine will fit into a small crate, then this will generally cost much less than strapping it to a full-sized pallet, since freight is calculated in cubic volume.

Weight

Transport vehicles have a maximum weight carrying capacity. If one or more consignments are very heavy in relation to their size (e.g. a crate full of lead pipes) then the capacity of the transport vehicle may be used up even while there appears to be more space available.

As with the volume – consider whether the entire item needs to be sent, or whether something (i.e. something heavy and almost worthless) can be trimmed off. Also, consider the packaging – a 50kg item shouldn’t require a solid hardwood pallet weighing almost 40kg in order to be transported safely.

Urgency

Due to economies of scale, transport providers are able to transport bulky goods across the country at a fraction of the cost, compared to what it would cost the average person to him or herself. This efficiency is greatly reduced once a delivery becomes more “urgent”, since the transporter will have restricted opportunity to combine the delivery with other consignments to and from the same locations.

Avoid requesting an urgent delivery, unless it really is urgent. Plan in advance, and allow reasonable time frames for the booking, pickup, transportation, and delivery of your bulky consignment. Factor in a time buffer in case an unforeseen event such as road closure or vehicle breakdown might cause an unexpected delay. Non-urgent deliveries with flexible pickup and delivery time frames will always be the cheapest option.

Loading/Unloading method

While a small item can be easily loaded and unload by hand, large, heavy and bulky items will require other means. As a general rule, anything which requires a special purpose transport vehicle (typically a tail lift or a HIAB/crane truck) will result in increased costs, simply because these vehicles are more expensive to operate, and there are less of them available.

For consignments over 30kg, the best option is an appropriately sized pallet, with forklifts available to load at the sender's end, and to unload at the receivers end. Alternatively (if either the sender and/or the receiver don’t have a forklift) see if it’s possible to split the consignment into two or more individual items, each weighing less than 30kg. The latter option would mean that a hand-load and hand-unload should be possible.

Factors which can lead to extra costs once the delivery gets underway

Factor

Why this impacts on the

Tips for reducing or avoiding this cost

Insufficient packaging

Wrong or insufficient packaging can lead to bulky items being damaged during transport. Incorrectly applied packaging which unravels or comes undone during transport, will also lead to delays, and transport companies will often charge extra for the work involved with repackaging goods which were never properly packaged in the first place.

When packaging bulky items for transport, take a moment to consider the journey ahead. If the consignment is travelling interstate, then more than likely it will be loaded and unloaded several times before it reaches its final destination. It may be exposed to wet weather while being forklifted between vehicles, or between a vehicle and a storage depot. Some jolting, bumping, and rubbing against other freight is almost invevitable.

Wrong Labelling

It goes without saying that providing a wrong pickup or delivery address will be almost guaranteed to increase the cost of delivering your consignment. Transport companies incurr signifiant costs from futile deliveries, and from any subsequent redeliveries. Worse still, if the delivery labels become dislodged, a consignment is at risk of getting lost.

Double check to make sure that the Sender address and the all-important Receiver address are correct on the labels. Fix labels on clearly, ideally covering then with waterproof tape. Apply several labels on the different sides, in case one label should be come scratched or damaged.


Incorrect dimensions

While the dimensions of bulky freight will usually not be verified to the millimetre, if the real dimensions differ significantly from those on which the quote was based, this will naturally lead to an increase in costs. The same applies for the weight of the consignment.

Get hold of a tape measure and double check the actual dimensions to avoid any unexpected increase in cost due to incorrect dimensions being provided. If you are unable to weigh the consignment prior to pick up, make sure you at least you provide an accurate description of the goods and a reasonable estimate of the weight.

Demurrage

Demurrage basically means the cost of delays, where the delays are not caused by the transport company. In addition to the direct costs associated with any such delays, there will often be flow-on consquences such as a backlog of deliveries, and lots of extra rescheduling work.

The easiest way to avoid demurrage is to communicate properly, to remain contactable by phone, and by ensuring that there is unrestricted access at both the sender and receiver end.

How much does it cost to transport a large bulky consignment?


While practically every consignment is different, there are certain common factors which will impact on the transport costs. Below is an overview of the most common cost-increasing factors, together with our own explanation as to why these factors impact on the cost of the freight. We’ve also included some tips for steps you can take to ensure any extra costs are kept to the absolute minimum.

In the table below, the term “consignment” refers to the item being transported, including any pallet, crate or other packaging material.

Factors which will impact on the freight quote you receive

Why this impacts on the cost of freight

The larger the item, the less space on the vehicle for other items.  Large items may also be more cumbersome to handle than smaller items.

Tips for reducing or avoiding this cost

Generally there are only two ways to reduce the size of the consignment: Reconsider sending only the most critical part(s) of the item, or reduce the volume of the packaging. For example, if an engine will fit into a small crate, then this will generally cost much less than strapping it to a full sized pallet, since freight is calculated in cubic volume.

Factors which can lead to extra costs once the delivery gets underway

Why this impacts on the cost of freight

Wrong or insufficient packaging can lead to bulky items being damaged during transport. Incorrectly applied packaging which unravels or comes undone during transport, will also lead to delays, and transport companies will often charge extra for the work involved with repackaging goods which were never properly packaged in the first place.

Tips for reducing or avoiding this cost

When packaging bulky items for transport, take a moment to consider the journey ahead.  If the consignment is travelling interstate, then more than likely it will be loaded and unloaded several times before it reaches its final destination. It may be exposed to wet weather while being forklifted between vehicles, or between a vehicle and a storage depot. Some jolting, bumping, and rubbing against other freight is almost inevitable.

Transporting Bulky Freight? Avoid Demurrage Costs


The term 'demurrage' is commonly used in the shipping and freight industry to refer to delays experienced by the driver of the delivery vehicle either at the pick up point or at the delivery end. It can occur when shipping large items and smaller ones. Common causes of demurrage inlude:

  • driver arrives at pick up address at the scheduled time to find goods are not ready to be loaded
  • the goods to be loaded onto the vehicle are much larger than what was described
  • the courier driver arrives at the delivery address at the scheduled time to find the gate locked, or no-one home.

Demurrage is a costly and often avoidable occurrence, and freight companies will usually have little choice but to pass on the additional cost to the customer, meaning the cheap courier for large items suddenly becomes a lot more expensive. The best tips for avoiding demurrage are:

  • when you submit your Quote Request, describe accurately the type of goods which need to be picked up
  • plan for the pick up and delivery; make sure that the address is accessible to the driver on the scheduled day
  • communicate well in advance of any changes.
  • Always keep your mobile phone handy.