Pricing Guide to Haulage Rates

Factors that affect Haulage rates and example prices Price FactorsExample Prices

There is no absolute rule when it comes to haulage rates per mile as there are usually four or five factors that will impact price. That said however this guide will give you a good idea and you can always contact us to request a quote if required.

Factors that affect Haulage rates

The biggest consideration is usually speed of delivery. If you require goods transported same-day or overnight for longer journeys you can expect to pay a premium.

Interestingly you may have thought that requiring a larger vehicle would bump up the cost however this is not usually the case and the haulage rate per mile is typically similar for an Articulated lorry as it is for a 7.5tn lorry. You may notice a decrease for vehicles smaller than a 7.5tn lorry as these can often be driven by anyone who gained their UK drivers license prior to about 1978.

Size and weight of the load can be a major factor affecting the rates; as mentioned above if a bigger vehicle is required then specially trained drivers must be involved which increases the cost. If you are sending Pallets then again weight is a major factor but for different reasons.

For road haulage in the UK there are many variables however as a rule of thumb you should allow £1.50 per mile. There are variables that can swing this up or down.

Ferry costs, tolls, and urgency are all factors that can increase haulage prices. The primary factor that can bring costs down is flexibility of collection date as your haulier may be able to include your goods on a back load.

 

The table below gives the haulage rate per mile of some of our recent work

Goods / VehicleLoadDestinationPrice £Price Per Mile £Notes
2.4m x 1m x 1.2h @ 600kgME12 2DECarrer Francesc Macià, 3, 43519 El Perelló,2190.22 
100x60x100h @ 220 kgSpain 07180BB10 2AA1750.12 
120x110x120cm - 200kgLE7 1NA28794 Madrid Spain1450.13 
1 @ 120x100x200k @ 1000kgBS31 3TJFrance 835702250.24 
4 x 120x100x220h @ 1000kg eachE10 5SH1070 Brussels3551.48 
120 x 100 x 1.3 high weight 60kgSN16 9REEX16 9JU890.79 
800x1200x650h @ 250kgSK6 4HZ84089 GERMANY1120.14 
5 pallets 120x100x150, 250 kg eachS4 7QB62420 France4151.19 
1 Uk pallet 120x100x200, 400 kgS4 7QBBulgaria 57502550.14 
10 @ 120x100x150h - 250kg each00163 Italy400479 Romania12251.75 
3 @ 120x100x200. 400kg eachS4 7QB24060 Italia3350.32 
100x80x100h. 360kgSpain 07180BB10 2AA2200.16 
100x120x150 pallet , max 250 kg weightS4 7QBWA15 7RU691.38 
Full load 26tn vehicleShamley Green GU5Ringwood BH245957.43 
120x100x200h @ 400kgS4 7QBHA9 7RD800.49 
1 X 120x100x100 @ 500KG90482 NURNBERG, GERMANYTN12 6UT2600.43 
18 Pallets / 7 ton97616 GermanyL24 9GS17252.16 
33 pallets : 80x120x120 /weight 120kg each Poland Elblag 82300CH4 0BY25851.91 
1 pallet 1500 kgs 1300mm x 1300mm x 400mm58089 HermanyWV4 6LE3100.58 
120x80x110h @ 300kilosItaly 81020BT41 2SJ2790.16 
11 @ 120x100x150h 1000kg each46960 SpainDN1 2PH16451.26 
120x100x80 @ 40kgME10 2PG28237 Germany1140.23 
60x80x93h total weight kg .10071016 ItalyE5 9NA1160.09 
3.8 x 1.2 x 1.2 m @ 400kgSK10 2BN53804 Germany2700.47 
3 @ 120x100x100h @ 350kg eachRM19 1NZ2750 Moerkapelle, Netherlands1550.52 
100x100x100h @ 100kg - non stackL31 2LZ62-023 Robakowo Poland1300.11 
120x80x80h @ 125kgLS27 0BN06766 Germany990.12 
120x100x600h @ 40kgSK5 7BS14612 Germany1040.12 
120x100x30h @ 25 kgPO20 7PLCT19 5LD690.58 
Articulated Lorrywarringtonchelmsford6603 
Full LoadColchesterO2 Arena5508.46 
700kg PalletLisbon (Portugal)London2250.17Most of this journey was by Ferry
100kg PalletNorwichSeville (Spain)2300.17Most of this journey was by Ferry
250kg PalletValencia (Spain)Brighton2450.21 
50kg Pallet x 2Malaga (Spain)London7500.54 
Sprinter VanWalesRomania16500.98 
GOH TrailerCV6CF248957.27Specialist vehicle used
GOH 7.5tnBasildonSwitzerland St.Louis12952Specialist vehicle used
Full LoadHarlowItaly12951.01 
Full loadHarlowFrance6951.3 
Pallet 100kgGlasgowarea 87130 France2151.17 
2 pallets @ 1,000kg eachNorwicharea 50850 France2700.57 
2 Direct PalletsLondonMarseilles France6450.83 
11 palletsHaverhillHanover - Germany4950.89 
4 Heavy PalletsClactonErlangen Germany5700.87 
5 large cratesSurreyEindhoven4501.49 
2 X Pallets @ 650kg eachWrexhamGiessen Germany3290.5 
Pallet 130kgYorkBretzfeld1150.16 
Full LoadWrexhamWaldenburg Germany9651.26 
370kg Pallet x 2ChelmsfordTurin (Italy)2950.38 
1000kg pallet x 2NorwichGer France2450.52

For commercial calculations and fleet costing see here.

Economies of scale

If you have an opportunity to transport a greater quantity of goods there are economies of scale to be achieved and knowing about these can help business in their pricing and supply negotiations.  Below is an example of the per pallet cost to send a ship from the UK to the north of Italy.

£220 – single pallet

£275 – two pallets / £137.5 each

£320 – three pallets / 106.67 each

£1350 – full load up to 26 standard pallets / £51.92 each

A full load is 26 Standard pallets @ 120x100cm or 33 Euro pallets @ 120x80cm. It is alto worth noting that different vehicles would likely be used to ship a small numbers of pallets as opposed to full or part loads; this affects maximum pallet heights. Full or part loads may ship directly onto an international trailer with a maximum height of around 2.5m whereas small numbers of pallets would be collected and delivered on smaller vehicles with a maximum height of 2.2m.

Personal effects

Typically we do not transport personal effects as it is difficult to insure however we are happy to work with private individuals and business customers and try to offer everyone good value for money.
It can often pay to speak to someone in advance of your first time international pallet shipping. Usually what catches people out is timing and letting your haulier know any key collection or delivery dates is important. If you start to run out of time your options will decrease which may require an expensive dedicated vehicle or worse, lack of an available vehicle altogether.

Market observations

With the recent drop in the pound many of our UK customers are finding new business in Europe and exports are a fresh and growing element of their operation.

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