How to ship large items

Sometimes you need to ship something a little on the larger side, such as furniture, heavy equipment, appliances and car parts.

But there’s no need to worry, as we’ll do all the heavy lifting for you here at forward2me, finding the right hauliers and sea and air freight companies to get your items from A to B in the quickest and most cost-effective way possible.

How it Works

Once you’ve signed up for your free forward2me account, simply order your goods from the UK/Europe as you normally would and have it sent to our forwarding address here in the UK.

When we receive your items, we’ll do our best to get it forwarded to you wherever you are as soon as possible, although you may notice that your items are put on hold for a short time while we ensure that it’s packaged in the most appropriate way.

For example, many larger items need to be transported on a pallet, or we may need to reduce it in size to save on the costs of international shipping.

This process can take up to 48 hours while we arrange the best way to ship your large items and give you the most cost-effective quote possible.

Here at forward2me our large shipping options include:

  • Custom large-item shipping by road freight, sea freight and air freight
  • Standard Euro pallets
  • Custom size pallets
  • 20-foot containers
  • 40-foot containers

Which Freight and Shipping Companies Ship Large Items?

Large items are usually shipped to your destination by either lorry, sea or air and we use all of the major couriers such as DHL, TNT, DPD and UPS.

We also use DSV and Tudor Freight to support us with larger sea and air freight shipments around the world.

Sometimes a longer transit time can help to reduce your shipping costs if you don’t mind waiting a little longer for your goods.

Where Can I Ship Large Items to?

We can forward larger items to you more or less anywhere in the world, but if you have any questions, be sure to get in touch with our Customer Services department here, send us an email to or give us a call on +44 1995 606060.

How Much Does It Cost to Ship Large Items?

This will vary a lot depending on exactly what it is that you’re sending, but you can head to our pricing page to get an estimate for your particular item or get in touch with our customer services to get a specific quote.

You may also be able to avoid paying sales tax on your large items if you shop using our tax-free warehouse in Guernsey, saving 20% off the cost.

What is Considered a Large Item?

There’s no official classification for what makes a ‘large’ item, although anything that needs to be transported on a pallet will fall under this and may incur an extra cost depending on the service and dimensions, while A parcel that weighs over 23kg, about 50lb, is considered to be a ‘heavy’ shipment.

Items over 70kg, about 150lb, are required to be transported on a pallet, which provides stability and protection to your goods.

Any items that are over 500kg, about 1,100lb, are considered oversized and will require a more specialised solution to transport.

Here are some of the common large items that we see pass through our warehouse:

Large items of furniture from sites such as MADE.comLoaf, Laura Ashley and John Lewis & Partners. For example, if you’re buying a mattress, you might want to look into a ‘bed in a box’ solution, as sending a bulky mattress can be expensive and some carriers might even refuse to take them.

  • Office equipment such as printers, office furniture, computer monitors and so on, especially when buying in bulk.
  • Bulk delivery of things like Lego and children’s character clothing to resell.
  • Pallets of organic baby milk.
  • Pallets of car parts and tyres.
  • Bulk deliveries of dangerous goods such as perfumes.
  • Lots of customers also choose to combine lots of smaller items that they’ve bought with different retailers into one large package.
  • As our two most popular retailers, we also receive all kinds of large items through eBay and Amazon UK which are happy to package and forward to you.

If you’re looking to ship large items from UK retailers, be sure to head to our bespoke large-item shipping page for more information.