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Common Misconceptions about Wide Load Shipping - The Facts You Need To Know

Posted by Liam Harrison on 18-Aug-2017 16:45:00

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One of the biggest misconceptions that many UK companies have is that if they are considering sending a wide load, it may not be accepted in all the EU countries that it is required to pass through. This is a misconception because as long as it meets the EU regulations for size and weight, which were put in place to avoid damage to roads or bridges, all EU countries must accept them. Otherwise it would be looked on as showing favouritism to its own haulage companies. Of course, if the load is scheduled to also travel through non-EU countries, those country’s individual rules and regulations would have to be taken into account.

Another misconception is that sending wide loads is financially unviable. Although in many cases it can be, there are always instances where the extra cost of sending a wide load outnumbers the cost of reducing the size of the load. This means that each individual load should be looked at separately and evaluated for what it is, with wide loads not automatically being dismissed as a bad shipping practice.


Obviously when planning a route for a wide load you will have to take into consideration many additional facts, such as the width of the roads and bridges, which parts of the route may need escort vehicles and of course allow for the journey to take longer than regular sized loads. As the journey will take longer and be slower, suitable rest stops should be planned in advance and these should be adhered to, as often police will have been notified in advance of what days, if not times, your wide load will be on their particular roads.

To most destinations there are usually several different routes that can be chosen, many of which consist of both sea and road transportation. Where you may usually opt for as short a sea journey as possible, wide loads are one time when you may want to reconsider, and transport the load along roads for as short a distance as possible. Once again however, there is no ‘one rule fits all’ solution and so each load, and its final destination, should be looked at on an individual basis.


For these reason, many companies, rather than spending extra time researching these details, prefer to outsource these loads to professional carriers. Professional freight forwarding and shipping companies like ourselves are experienced with all types of loads and routes. At NTEX we have extensive experience of arranging wide-load road transports from the UK to Scandinavia. Not only can we arrange freight by road, including wide loads, but we can also include any air or sea shipping phases of the route.

Planning For Wide Load Transportation

While it may be a misconception that moving wide loads are never the best option, they certainly do take more planning than regular loads and so should be planned as far in advance as possible. The cost of moving a wide load, due to the extra time for planning as well as actual time on the road, will be higher than for an average load but in many cases the extra cost can be justified by the time and money saved dismantling and reassembling the load at its final destination point.

Fast & Affordable Shipping To Scandinavia With NTEX

Unless your company is already well experienced in transporting wide loads, the best option is to seek out a quote from a professional shipping company like NTEX. We can provide a quality and safe service at a lower cost than you would need to spend arranging your wide load independently.

For a competitive quote on wide-load transportation to any destination in Scandinavia, please get in touch through our online contact form.

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