Moving goods by road is, perhaps, one of the most common ways to move used clothing in bulk throughout Europe, particularly when the destinations are pretty close to one another. On this page, we are going to take a little look at the various options that you have available to you when you move goods by road.
It is probably worth noting at this stage that there are a few limits when it comes to the movement of goods. In the United Kingdom, 40 tonnes is the maximum weight that a vehicle can be. It can only be 12 metres long when it is a normal truck, 16.5 metres long when articulated. The maximum width is 2.55 metres. This means that not all goods will be suitable for transport via road.
Most goods on the road will be moved by articulated truck. They will have one of a variety of different trailers. The trailer that you select will be dependent on the goods that need transporting:
- Flatbed trailer: Almost all types of goods can go into a flatbed trailer. As a result, it will be the standard used by many trucking firms out there. The trailer will not be protected from the elements as there is no roof. The goods are also not going to be protected from theft as anybody could jump into the trailer and take out whatever they wish.
- Tilt trailer: This is very much the same as a flatbed trailer. The only real difference is that it has a canopy. This allows goods to be loaded from the top. The level of protection from the elements is still low, and nowhere near the level of protection you would enjoy if you are using another option.
- Curtain-sider: This is one of the most common trailers used on the road. The trailer is very much the same as a flatbed trailer. It, however, has PVC doors on the side which can easily be opened and closed. This makes this option ideal for ease of loading. It also makes unloading dreadfully simple, particularly if the goods are being sent to multiple destinations. You will find that many of the larger courier firms, particularly those which deal with large and heavy goods, will use a curtain-sider trailer.
- Box trailer: Loading on these trailers is down through the back door. The whole unit is a big metal box and provides a high level of protection.
- Road train: A trailer will be pulled by a vehicle.
- Swap-body system: This type of trailer is designed for those who are dealing with container shipping. It allows goods to easily be transferred from train or boat in order to continue on their journey. This is great if you are shipping goods overseas.
- Low-loaders: These are very low-set trailers. They are often used when heavy goods, such as machinery, are being transported as this makes them easy to load and to unload.
If you are shipping smaller goods, it is likely your goods will be sent via van.