There is no absolute rule when it comes to haulage rates per mile as there are usually four or five factors that will impact price. That said however this guide will give you a good idea and you can always contact us to request a quote if required.
Factors that affect Haulage rates
The biggest consideration is usually speed of delivery. If you require goods transported same-day or overnight for longer journeys you can expect to pay a premium.
Interestingly you may have thought that requiring a larger vehicle would bump up the cost however this is not usually the case and the haulage rate per mile is typically similar for an Articulated lorry as it is for a 7.5tn lorry. You may notice a decrease for vehicles smaller than a 7.5tn lorry as these can often be driven by anyone who gained their UK drivers license prior to about 1978.
Size and weight of the load can be a major factor affecting the rates; as mentioned above if a bigger vehicle is required then specially trained drivers must be involved which increases the cost. If you are sending Pallets then again weight is a major factor but for different reasons.
For road haulage in the UK there are many variables however as a rule of thumb you should allow £1.50 per mile. There are variables that can swing this up or down.
Ferry costs, tolls, and urgency are all factors that can increase haulage prices. The primary factor that can bring costs down is flexibility of collection date as your haulier may be able to include your goods on a back load.
The table below gives the haulage rate per mile of some of our recent work
|Goods / Vehicle||Load||Destination||Price £||Price Per Mile £||Notes|
|2.4m x 1m x 1.2h @ 600kg||ME12 2DE||Carrer Francesc Macià, 3, 43519 El Perelló,||219||0.22|
|100x60x100h @ 220 kg||Spain 07180||BB10 2AA||175||0.12|
|120x110x120cm - 200kg||LE7 1NA||28794 Madrid Spain||145||0.13|
|1 @ 120x100x200k @ 1000kg||BS31 3TJ||France 83570||225||0.24|
|4 x 120x100x220h @ 1000kg each||E10 5SH||1070 Brussels||355||1.48|
|120 x 100 x 1.3 high weight 60kg||SN16 9RE||EX16 9JU||89||0.79|
|800x1200x650h @ 250kg||SK6 4HZ||84089 GERMANY||112||0.14|
|5 pallets 120x100x150, 250 kg each||S4 7QB||62420 France||415||1.19|
|1 Uk pallet 120x100x200, 400 kg||S4 7QB||Bulgaria 5750||255||0.14|
|10 @ 120x100x150h - 250kg each||00163 Italy||400479 Romania||1225||1.75|
|3 @ 120x100x200. 400kg each||S4 7QB||24060 Italia||335||0.32|
|100x80x100h. 360kg||Spain 07180||BB10 2AA||220||0.16|
|100x120x150 pallet , max 250 kg weight||S4 7QB||WA15 7RU||69||1.38|
|Full load 26tn vehicle||Shamley Green GU5||Ringwood BH24||595||7.43|
|120x100x200h @ 400kg||S4 7QB||HA9 7RD||80||0.49|
|1 X 120x100x100 @ 500KG||90482 NURNBERG, GERMANY||TN12 6UT||260||0.43|
|18 Pallets / 7 ton||97616 Germany||L24 9GS||1725||2.16|
|33 pallets : 80x120x120 /weight 120kg each||Poland Elblag 82300||CH4 0BY||2585||1.91|
|1 pallet 1500 kgs 1300mm x 1300mm x 400mm||58089 Hermany||WV4 6LE||310||0.58|
|120x80x110h @ 300kilos||Italy 81020||BT41 2SJ||279||0.16|
|11 @ 120x100x150h 1000kg each||46960 Spain||DN1 2PH||1645||1.26|
|120x100x80 @ 40kg||ME10 2PG||28237 Germany||114||0.23|
|60x80x93h total weight kg .100||71016 Italy||E5 9NA||116||0.09|
|3.8 x 1.2 x 1.2 m @ 400kg||SK10 2BN||53804 Germany||270||0.47|
|3 @ 120x100x100h @ 350kg each||RM19 1NZ||2750 Moerkapelle, Netherlands||155||0.52|
|100x100x100h @ 100kg - non stack||L31 2LZ||62-023 Robakowo Poland||130||0.11|
|120x80x80h @ 125kg||LS27 0BN||06766 Germany||99||0.12|
|120x100x600h @ 40kg||SK5 7BS||14612 Germany||104||0.12|
|120x100x30h @ 25 kg||PO20 7PL||CT19 5LD||69||0.58|
|Full Load||Colchester||O2 Arena||550||8.46|
|700kg Pallet||Lisbon (Portugal)||London||225||0.17||Most of this journey was by Ferry|
|100kg Pallet||Norwich||Seville (Spain)||230||0.17||Most of this journey was by Ferry|
|250kg Pallet||Valencia (Spain)||Brighton||245||0.21|
|50kg Pallet x 2||Malaga (Spain)||London||750||0.54|
|GOH Trailer||CV6||CF24||895||7.27||Specialist vehicle used|
|GOH 7.5tn||Basildon||Switzerland St.Louis||1295||2||Specialist vehicle used|
|Pallet 100kg||Glasgow||area 87130 France||215||1.17|
|2 pallets @ 1,000kg each||Norwich||area 50850 France||270||0.57|
|2 Direct Pallets||London||Marseilles France||645||0.83|
|11 pallets||Haverhill||Hanover - Germany||495||0.89|
|4 Heavy Pallets||Clacton||Erlangen Germany||570||0.87|
|5 large crates||Surrey||Eindhoven||450||1.49|
|2 X Pallets @ 650kg each||Wrexham||Giessen Germany||329||0.5|
|Full Load||Wrexham||Waldenburg Germany||965||1.26|
|370kg Pallet x 2||Chelmsford||Turin (Italy)||295||0.38|
|1000kg pallet x 2||Norwich||Ger France||245||0.52|
For commercial calculations and fleet costing see here.
Oversized Pallet Prices
We offer business and private users access to competitive rates for pallets up to 1.2m wide by 2.6m long that would typically be classed as oversized. If your goods are relatively lightweight we can be exceptional value. The UK pallet courier network can collected the same day if booked before 10:30am with next day delivery in may cases.
If your goods are on a standard or Euro pallet but overhang in any direction this is fine but be aware that exposed edges can be more vulnerable out ought to be properly secured. We can arrange collection with a tail lift vehicle however of your pallet/crate is long (over 2.4m) and heavy it is best to load with a fork lift where possible or to ensure there are a couple of people who can help load as a backup to ensure the collection happens smoothly.
Oversized pallets to Europe
For pallet delivery to Europe (the near continent Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal typically) allow between 4/6 working days depending on destination and be aware that in many instances an Expedited service is available. Pallets to Greece can take a lot longer especially if delivery is to a rural location.
NOTE: At many times of the year Bank holidays in the UK and on the near continent clash. April and May are particularly notable in this respect so it is best to plan well ahead where possible.
Shipping pallets to property in Europe
any people require building materials supplied to and from Europe. Typically a lot of Stone from areas of Italy and Spain and many people also ship tiles from the UK and Spain. If you have a building project and need supportive transport we can help but be aware that success is generally achieved when we have a solid contact locally to book the delivery with along with having a good description of any access issues or easier routes.
What does Volumetric weight mean?
The volumetric calculation looks like this: L x W x H if your goods (in Meters) multiplied by 250. If the resulting number is greater than the weight of the goods (in KG) then the volumetric weight will be used to calculate the cost for transport.
Example: If you have a pallet of goods that weigh 250kg and measure 120x100x220cm your volumetric calculation will look like this:1.2 x 1 x 2.2 = 2.64. 2.64 x 250 = 660. In this example the haulage costs will be calculated as if the pallet of goods weigh 660kg.
As there are two factors that limit what can go on the back of a lorry, size of the goods and weigh of the goods. A small but heavy item will have it’s costs calculated purely by the weight. A large but light item will have it’s weight based on its volumetric weight which is a calculation based on its size as detailed above.
Economies of scale
If you have an opportunity to transport a greater quantity of goods there are economies of scale to be achieved and knowing about these can help business in their pricing and supply negotiations. Below is an example of the per pallet cost to send a ship from the UK to the north of Italy.
£220 – single pallet
£275 – two pallets / £137.5 each
£320 – three pallets / 106.67 each
£1350 – full load up to 26 standard pallets / £51.92 each
A full load is 26 Standard pallets @ 120x100cm or 33 Euro pallets @ 120x80cm. It is alto worth noting that different vehicles would likely be used to ship a small numbers of pallets as opposed to full or part loads; this affects maximum pallet heights. Full or part loads may ship directly onto an international trailer with a maximum height of around 2.5m whereas small numbers of pallets would be collected and delivered on smaller vehicles with a maximum height of 2.2m.
Typically we do not transport personal effects as it is difficult to insure however we are happy to work with private individuals and business customers and try to offer everyone good value for money.
It can often pay to speak to someone in advance of your first time international pallet shipping. Usually what catches people out is timing and letting your haulier know any key collection or delivery dates is important. If you start to run out of time your options will decrease which may require an expensive dedicated vehicle or worse, lack of an available vehicle altogether.
With the recent drop in the pound many of our UK customers are finding new business in Europe and exports are a fresh and growing element of their operation.