Ugly, Irregular & Awkward Freight Carrier
Irregular Dimensions & Weight (or IDW) freight is a relatively new area of the distribution industry. It covers freight that falls into one of the below categories.
- Too heavy for one man to lift (over 25 KG)
- Too long for one man to carry (over 3 metres)
- Of high volume, but low weight, e.g. a large roll of bubble wrap
We use the UK network Nightfreight, who are specialists in the carriage of IDW freight.
Types of IDW Freight
If you have to send non-palletised freight that is heavier than 25KG then it is classed as IDW. We price freight like this by a weight surcharge – for example you pay a surcharge per kilogram. As part of our commitment to transparency, we will in fact advise you if it’s best to put your freight on a pallet and send it that way.
Some examples we’ve handled include: large specialist vehicle tyres and large reels of cable.
Consignments that are longer than 3 metres are classed as IDW. In this instance, you would be charged an irregular length surcharge. If your consignment is longer than 6 metres, this is classed as “out of gauge” and may require a special vehicle. Rest assured though, we can still handle it.
Some examples we’ve handled include: lamp posts, plastic trunking and skirting boards.
This is a tricky one. If your consignment is of high volume (takes up a lot of space), but low weight, then you may be subject to our volumetric rate. This is because consignments like this take up a lot of space on our delivery vehicles. In this scenario, we use a special equation to calculate how much your parcel should weight for it’s size, and bill you accordingly.
Some examples we’ve handled include: giant bags of polystyrene packaging and large reels of bubble wrap.