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August 25, 2023

Guide to Shipping Large and Heavy Items

Shipping large and heavy items can be a daunting task, but with the right knowledge and preparation, it doesn’t have to be a logistical nightmare. Whether you need to deliver bulky furniture or heavy machinery, we’ll walk you through the essential steps and considerations to ensure a smooth delivery process.

Choose the Right Courier

Selecting the right courier is crucial as not all will be equipped to handle oversized and heavy shipments. Depending on the item’s size and weight, particular vehicles may be needed to transport your goods, such as an 18 ton curtain sided vehicle that can accommodate pallet loads.

If you are concerned about the security of your bulky and weighty item, using a pallet service may be suitable. Pallets are transported using a pump truck and forklift, which significantly minimises the risk of damage compared to parcels that are manually handled during loading and unloading.

Accurate Measurement and Weight

Precise measurements and weight calculations are essential for accurate shipping costs. You will need to measure your items’ dimensions and weight, including any packaging material. Make sure you account for any protruding parts or irregular shapes that could affect the dimensions as well.


Packaging is crucial when shipping any item, but particularly large and heavy goods. Sturdy and durable materials are needed to protect your item during transit. Here are some packaging tips to help ensure your goods are delivered safely:

  • Use double-walled cardboard boxes or wooden crates for added strength
  • Wrap fragile components with bubble wrap, foam or other protective materials
  • Fill any void spaces in the packaging with cushioning material like packing peanuts or foam
  • Label the package as “Fragile”, if applicable

Labelling and Documentation

Clear labelling is essential to ensure a smooth shipping process. Your package must be clearly labelled with the recipient’s address, contact information and any specific handling instructions.

Create a detailed packing list and add it to the exterior of the package. Include information about the item’s value, dimensions, and weight. Proper documentation helps couriers handle your shipment correctly.

Arrange Collection

Coordinate with your chosen courier to schedule the collection of your goods. Often you will need to schedule a specific time for pickup, so plan accordingly. At Chapman & Peach, we offer a convenient door-to-door service, meaning we will come and collect your goods at your chosen location and deliver straight to the intended address.


Given the size and weight of your item, it may be wise to consider insurance coverage for potential damage or loss during transit. Insurance can provide peace of mind and financial protection.

We offer insurance for all goods transported with us, however damage or loss is very rare as we offer a dedicated delivery service. We don’t pick up any other deliveries along the way; we transport your goods and your goods only to the desired location.

Choose Chapman & Peach for your heavy item delivery

Thanks to our extensive experience, we know a thing or two about transporting large and heavy items. We understand that each item has unique requirements and we have a wide range of vehicles ready for the job. If you have a large or heavy item to deliver, get in touch with us today by calling 01603446335 or filling out our contact form.

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