Irregular Freight Delivery

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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.

Need some help?

We know IDW freight can be confusing at the best of times! One of our IDW freight experts will be pleased to advise you.

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