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Shipping Large Items Internationally? Here’s What You Should Know

Making claims and arranging the return of goods due to damage can be very costly if running a business that ships bulky goods internationally. With large and heavy consignments, the risk of damage is usually high and the value of money on the line is also high. That’s why it’s crucial to handle your large consignment shipping carefully. 

Jetkrate can handle all sorts of bulky goods shipped globally, from large appliances, household furniture to car parts. Having invested a lot in shipping goods, we have euro pallets and containers to house large items and ship them through road, sea, or air freight.

In some situations, the goods shipped can be extra huge and heavier beyond our shipping parameters. We have partnerships with freight forwarders, hauliers, sea freight, and shipping companies to ensure your consignments reach their destination safely at affordable rates.

Easier Shipping of Large Items from UK And New Zealand 

Jetkrate makes it easier to shop for goods in the UK or New Zealand and deliver them to your address. With well-equipped warehouses in both countries, you’ll be able to buy anything in UK stores, such as furniture, gym equipment, then have them kept in the warehouses ready for shipping.  
Getting started with Jetkrate is pretty simple:

  • Sign up for a Jetkrate account free of charge and get a UK postal address. 
  • Start shopping at your favourite stores in the UK or New Zealand and have your shopping delivered to your Jetkrate UK or NZ address.
  • We’ll keep the goods at our warehouse and allow you to finish your shopping.
  • We will repack and consolidate the items to remove extra packaging and help cut down the shipping costs. 
  • After preparing your shipment and determining the costs, we’ll share a quotation and begin shipping once you’ve paid for your shipment.

Jetkrate’s processes are swift, and don’t waste any time to ensure you receive your consignment in the shortest time possible. Once your goods leave our warehouse and are with the shipping vendor, we’ll share the tracking details to help you monitor your consignment in real-time. 

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Which Shipping Method Is Ideal for Heavy Consignments?

Depending on the weight of your package, ground shipping is often the most preferred method. The large bulky items are packed in trucks and transported via the road. It’s the most cost-effective method of transporting items that are not suited for transportation by air. 

Ground service is mainly ideal for domestic shipping. However, the transit time also is longer than the expedited shipping services, which take between 1 to 5 business days. If your shipment isn’t time conscious, you can immensely cut down on shipping costs by choosing longer delivery timelines. 

Sea freight is a better choice when the destination is across continents, such as Europe to North America. Shipping by air is ideal for perishable or fragile goods that are not excessively bulky. 

What’s the Weight Classification for Large Items?

Jetkrate works with trusted ground, sea, and air freight companies to make it possible to handle different classes of bulky goods. Some of the reputable names we partner with include UPS, DHL, TNT, and DPD.

The options for shipping large items include:

  •  custom shipping via the road, sea, and air freight.
  •  Standard and custom euro pallets.
  •  20-foot containers. 
  •  40-foot containers. 

There isn’t a weight limit for items that fall under the “large items” class. However, an item that needs transportation on a pallet is classified as large. As such, they may attract additional costs depending on their dimension and service.

 For consignments more than 24kg, they’re under the class of heavy goods. Those items weighing more than 500kg are classified as oversize and will require specializations to transport them.

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How Safe are My Large Items While on Transit?

Jetkrate offers flexible insurance plans to safeguard your large consignments while on transit. You’ll have full control over the insurance cover, custom declarations, and shipping services provided to avoid any surprise charges when your package is ready for shipping to your country. 

How Much Does It Cost to Ship Large Items?

With a shipping cost calculator, you can know upfront how much it will cost you to ship bulky items under the above options.  The cost will vary depending on what you’re shipping and the destination.  The cost calculator won’t give you an exact amount but will display a rough estimate for budgeting purposes.

We’ll help you get an accurate cost for shipping your heavy, bulky items through our customer support. Our team will negotiate the shipping amount with freight companies to find you the most affordable prices. 

If the freight costs are higher than your budget, we often recommend clients to go for longer transit time if they don’t mind waiting. With our warehouse in the UK and New Zealand, you can cut down the costs of storing your goods if shipping to or from these countries. 

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What Heavy Items Can You Ship?

Whether shipping for business or personal level, the range of affordable shipping services can save you a great deal of money. Jetkrate ships a broad category of large and heavy items, which include:

  •  Gym equipment.
  •  Clothing.
  •  Automotive tyres and parts. 
  •  Household furniture.
  •  Machinery.
  •  Motorcycles. 

If shopping for small items, you can combine them in large numbers to help you save on shipping costs. The combined goods will then form a large package which we can deliver to your address.  

At times, it’s possible to underestimate the size and weight of your package. If the package is heavier than you thought, Jetkrate will not add hidden extra charges to your initial cost. Instead, we will quote for your goods’ excess weight or dimension before adding it to your overall initial cost.

Where Can You Ship Your Large Items To?

Jetkrate partners with shipping vendors and freight forwarders to ensure that we can ship your large goods anywhere, including the United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Germany, and more. If you have doubts about where we can ship to, reach out to our customer support with your queries for assistance. 

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