Shipping Large Items Guide

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When you’re shipping large items, GoShip.com can help. Our expertise and contacts in the industry ensure that you’ll get a good match. We can help move your items across town or across the country fast and easy. 

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The Benefits of Shipping Large Items with GoShip.com

At GoShip.com, we can help you find the right solutions for your company. We offer various price points and carrier options so you can choose what works best for your budget and timeline.

How to Ship Large Items? Shipping Large Items Guide

Shipment information

Before arranging any shipment, it’s crucial to collect accurate information about your shipment. Depending on the transportation method you will choose, such information like dimensions, weight, commodity type, and address destination may be required. It’s also useful to know special handling requirements if you’re shipping dissembled parts or something fragile.


When you’re trying to arrange heavy items delivery, the “how” can be just as difficult to figure out as the “who.” Whether you sell items on eBay frequently or operate a business, your customers are depending on you to deliver a product in excellent condition. Larger items need secure packaging to ensure they arrive safely. Crating, palletizing, wrapping and cushioning are just a few of the many options available to make sure your large item delivery occurs without any problems.

Choosing a shipping option

There are many options when it comes to large-item shipping. From standard parcel services to freight companies, there is a choice for the shipper. However, getting your items delivered for an affordable cost is complicated. Most of the parcel services don’t take oversized items or charge a lot for overweight or over-dimensional shipment. On the other side, large freight companies might be too expensive to work with if you’re an individual or a small business. The working solution can be online shipping platforms that offer full truckload and less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping services. If the weight of your items rages from 20,000 to 45,000 pounds, you can try full truckload shipping. If you have a single item or the volume is not big enough to rent the whole truck, you will benefit from LTL shipping.

How much does shipping large items cost?

The total cost of your shipment depends on many factors, like the number of shipping units, shipment weight, dimensions, destination, and the shipping method you are using. For example, LTL freight rate greatly depends on the freight class – a special shipment classification, while in full truckload the mileage plays the largest role. The fastest and easiest way to get an approximate shipment cost is to use an online shipping calculator.

What is the best way to ship large items?

Shipping heavy, bulky items can be difficult — but what are your options? If you’re booking an entire trailer with a shipping service but only need a third of the space, you will pay for space you don’t need. You will either have to absorb the cost of that extra space or pass it on to your customers. You could handle your large item delivery yourself. However, DIY delivery can be difficult and can take you away from what you do best: running your company. If you are a small business or sell items online as an individual, delivering items yourself is not a realistic option. GoShip.com is perfect for serving smaller businesses’ and individuals’ shipping needs.

Why Choose GoShip.com?

With GoShip.com, the process of arranging your shipments is easy and convenient. We have long-standing relationships with thousands of reliable, experienced carriers across the country. Our self-service website makes finding the carrier that’s right for you as simple as possible. We offer free quote comparisons, online booking, and tracking tools, and customizable solutions to meet your exact needs.

Logistics are more vital than ever for any retailer’s success. With our experience, expertise and extensive network of carriers, we can provide the capabilities you require to keep your promises to your customers. Get a free quote today!

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