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Ship heavy or bulky items with the best carriers

Reliable shipping whatever size your package!

Our large & heavy parcel service offers UK & International shipping with reliable couriers. Whether you’re sending a bulky box or a heavy pallet, we've got a service for every budget.

Parcel Hero delivers more

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£50 free protection as standard*
Collection or drop-off at a local shop anytime
Track your parcel from door-to-door
Send bulky or heavy items weighing up to 1,000kg

Compare our large parcel services

The definition of large parcel varies by courier and each courier has limits and surcharges for various thresholds. Compare key information for each courier using our useful table:

Compare prices and save up to 60%

ParcelHero makes it easy to compare prices and services. Some couriers only deliver lightweight parcels whilst some don't offer the option to drop off, compare all the key features in this useful table.

Large parcel prices

All our prices include all applicable surcharges. All our carriers charge volumetric weight, and some apply surcharges based on length & girth, but don’t worry, when you compare prices with ParcelHero, we include all applicable charges.

Please note if you are sending a pallet, make sure you enter the pallet dimensions when booking.

Freight collection

Parcelforce and UPS operate 7.5 tonne vehicles as standard and so offer same day collection in many urban areas, even for large parcels. For other carriers like UPS & FedEx, you'll need to book a day in advance so a tail lift vehicle with sufficient capacity can be dispatched.

Note: you may still have to provide assistance with loading.


Large parcel drop-off

Most carriers do not allow you to drop off a parcel weighing over 20kg, however selected Post offices will accept drop-off for the Parcelforce 48 large service. Additionally, you can drop at the local carrier depot if you’re in a hurry.

Shipping tips for oversize items

If you’re sending a very bulky item, we recommend cutting handles in the box, so it can be handled more easily. Don't overpack the box. The bigger the box, the weaker it is in the middle. Use a double or triple lined box, and completely fill it with packaging material to help support the contents.


Sending heavy items tips

If your items over 40kg we recommend palletising it. Tip: if you are sending a pallet overseas then we recommend it's fumigated and heat treated, as some countries have restrictions on the import of wooden items, including pallets.


Pallet delivery

If you've palletised your items, it will be delivered on a tail-lift vehicle. The driver may not have a pump truck to move the pallet, however, so the receiver may need to assist with unloading. If they don’t have a forklift, they can simply remove the shrink wrap and break it down.



Item you can't send

ParcelHero is not a furniture delivery service or removal company. We do not recommend shipping the following items unless they are professionally packaged and palletised.

  • Furniture
  • Large fragile items containing glass
  • Ceramics or porcelain, including bathware such as sinks and toilets

If you do send fragile items with us, you may not be able to claim in the event of damage, check our non-compensation list prior to shipping.

Quick reference shipping guide

Feefo Service ratingService rating
4.6 out of 5 based on 17570 user ratings
Shlomo Levin
Outstanding service.
Ordered on line at 10am on Tuesday. Parcel delivered to Eugene OR USA on Wednesday 1.30pm. Outstanding service.
Anonimus
Perfect service
On time, polite, helpful, delivered as promised and 60% cheaper than competitors. I will use the service again.
ELAINE BROWN
Great price and great service
Had some confusion when email received saying DDP had tried to deliver a parcel to the Netherlands at 00.46 Contacted Parcel hero who looked into the matter and emailed back straight away to say that the driver had actually not attempted to deliver but had run out of time and delivery would be made later in the day. Parcel arrived as planned later that day. Would definitely use Parcel Hero again.
LOUISE ATKINSON
Brilliant service will be using again!
Brilliant service for 2 parcels from UK to Canada fully tracked via fedex every step of the way. Highly recommend.
Philip Rees
Have propeller, will fly
Excellent service and excellent price. Lovely people who go out of their way to make it so easy. I needed to get a new propeller from the West Country to Lancashire. No problem! I already have told everyone how great you are!
Joyce Keighley
Satisfied customer
Some trouble signing in and booking this time, but as usual picked up promptly and delivered in perfect condition as booked. Cannot fault service.
Marianne Harding
Excellent Service
Online instructions were clear and easy to follow, placed order at 12.30pm on Monday The parcels were collected at 1.30 pm on Monday and delivered to my daughter in law in the south of France on Tuesday afternoon. Good service eh? Thank you.
Paul Nelson
Arcam AVR400 Fastest delivery.
Ordered service for pickup at 14.30. Driver was at my house in Bracknell by 14.40.Driver was very professional. Arcam AVR400 was delivered the next morning in Liverpool . Amazing service. Thank you.
Douglas Kerr
Good sevice for awkward sized parcel
Picked up on time & delivered on specified day and was able to track its progress Very few carriers would take a 220 x 33 x 18cm parcel withou it costing more than the item I was returning. Would definitely recommend this carrier.
gretel Warn
Very reliable fast parcel delivery
I was very pleased with the service and highly recommend it. I would use it again.
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FAQ

When you send large parcels by courier, they have to be loaded and unloaded onto aircraft and vehicles multiple times before they reach their destination. During the handling process heavy and awkwardly shaped packages can be damaged if they have to be hand carried. Placing items on a pallet allows them to be forklifted on and off vehicles, which dramatically reduces the risk of damage.

Yes, if you palletise them. Safely packaging large items for transportation is really import, while ParcelHero can send furniture, these items are not covered for damage. This means that you cannot claim in the event of damage unless we pre-approve the packaging you're using. We can only transport large furniture items if they are palletised prior to collection.

Large and heavy parcels require different handling to standard shipments, and special vehicles for collection and delivery. Consequently they cost more to send. This is standard practice across the courier and logistics sector. Rest assured ParcelHero offers the cheapest courier services for large items, from couriers you can trust to deliver safely.

There are no special surcharges for sending a pallet. However please be aware a courier will measure the largest dimensions of every item, so even if your item is small, the charge will be based on the whole footprint of the pallet. For example if your item measures 50cm wide x 50cm long x 50cm high, and it is placed on a pallet that measures 120cm wide x 100cm long, then your shipment would be billed based on the entire footprint size of the pallet which is 120cm wide x 100cm long x 50cm high.

The courier will only deliver the shipment to your door and is not authorised to assist with moving the goods into your house or premises.

Under UK health and safety regulations, your driver is only permitted to lift packages weighing under 30kg. For heavier items you need to provide assistance with loading and unloading. If you are elderly or disabled, please contact us prior to booking so we can organise special equipment for the driver to help move your goods.

At ParcelHero, we only use the best global carriers, so whether you're shipping an oversized parcel delivery in the UK or overseas, ParcelHero® will always use the best courier for large parcels. All our carriers are able to transport oversized shipments, so we select them based on performance on a country by country basis.

UPS, DHL Express and TNT are the best large item couriers, and the ideal for choice when you send a large parcel in the UK. If you need a pallet delivery in the UK then we recommend DHL UK and TNT.

The Department for Transport is working with hauliers as part of their 'Freight carbon review' to reduce emissions from freight companies. ParcelHero regularly assesses our partner's environmental policies and works closely with them to ensure their policies are progressive. We encourage our carriers to keep environmental issues high on their agenda, and we strongly believe in promoting the protection of the environment.