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Why use specialized fragile goods transport?

When traditional shipping services are inappropriate for goods you’ve either purchased or are distributing, using a rated fragile goods transportation company is the answer.

Fragile goods can be antique ceramics, family heirlooms, anything that can be considered easily breakable or perishable or items that have such a sense of sentimentality attached to them that potential loss or damage by which normal postal systems is an unacceptable risk. Both commercial and private customers are now looking towards specialized freight companies to help them move their goods in a safe, responsible and timely way.

We’ve all bought products online that arrive badly packaged and sometimes damaged and we've all lost valuable items in the mail. It can be heart-breaking to lose jewellery left to us by a much-loved relative or frustrating when we’ve mailed a birthday gift only for it to arrive damaged. By using a fragile goods service tailored to your specific needs – whether you’re sending a vase to the next town or a refrigerator to the other side of the world - you can prevent these kinds of situations from ever happening.

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Types of fragile goods

The most obvious ‘fragile goods’ is food. The producer and the customer demand rightly that the produce arrives fresh, undamaged and on time. The transport of the food is the vital link between ‘farm’ and ‘fork’, so specialized vehicles, such as refrigerated trucks, are used to transport all perishable goods.

Fragile goods come in all shapes and sizes and for this service, like-for-like goods are usually shipped together. For example, when transporting vehicles using roll-on roll-off shipping methods, they are grouped on the ferries by vehicle class. A company making delicate and one-off ceramics will want their product handled with exceptional care and that’s where fragile goods transport, with its ‘kid gloves’ policy and door-to-door service, shows its superiority.

Fragile goods packaging

As well as the physical journey of your goods, the packaging of the goods is equally important – adding an extra layer of protection and peace of mind for you. Fragile goods transport companies have painstakingly researched methods to suit all shapes, sizes and products so that everything arrives in the same condition it was sent.

Recognizing the importance of using a fragile goods service could save you frustration, heartache and loss of business. Research a trustworthy partner among specialized freight companies so that you can be assured of a successful solution for your fragile goods. Check for rigorous accounting and administration and make sure your selected courier has a wealth of experience in shipping these kinds of products. Your peace of mind is worth the time it takes to search out the best quality, cost-effective solutions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does Shiply Cover My Area?

Yes! There are couriers using Shiply all over the country and abroad, so whether you need to move a sofa across town or send a car across Europe, we have got you covered.

Does Shiply Have Different Sized Vehicles?

There are thousands of couriers on Shiply, with a wide range of vehicle sizes capable of handling any delivery. Providing the rough dimensions (and pictures if possible) on your listing will allow the delivery company to get the right vehicle sent out to you.

How Can I Contact Shiply?

You can also send an email to our support team: .

Who Will Carry Out My Delivery?

Whoever you choose! There are thousands of rated transport providers on our platform ready to make a bid to carry out your delivery. It is up to you to decide which quote to accept.

When Will I Receive A Quote?

You will typically start to receive quotes within 30 minutes. If you are worried about the lack of quotes, try adding some more detail to your listing as transport providers may be unsure of dimensions or weight and feel unable to provide an accurate quote. If your delivery is urgent, you can try our 'featured delivery' feature which moves your listing to the top of the search page for couriers.

How Many Quotes Will I Receive?

Whilst there is no guarantee of quotes, 98% of our listings receive at least 3 quotes, so you are likely to find someone who can undertake the delivery of your items.

Does Shiply Provide Packing Materials?

If your item requires packing materials or extra care then you should make sure this is highlighted in your listing and discussed with any transport provider whose quote you are considering. Couriers on Shiply are able to provide all levels of service and can help pack your items, just ensure you inform them of your needs.

Will My Goods Be Tied Up Securely?

Transport providers will almost always tie up an item in the transport vehicle, as the risk of damage from moving around during transit is high. You should always confirm safety precautions and packing needs with transport providers before accepting a quote.

Can Items Be Taken Upstairs?

Yes, items can be taken upstairs if needed, and can also be assembled. Transport providers on Shiply are happy to provide these services, but you should ensure that you are mentioning these requirements in your listings as it may mean a second person is required for the move.

Can I Travel With My Goods?

The majority of transport providers on Shiply are only insured for the transportation of goods, however, some are also able to take people. If you need to travel with your goods, make sure to mention this in your listing and to highlight this to any courier who quotes on your listing.

What If I Need To Cancel My Booking?

If you have accepted a quote and paid the deposit but wish to cancel the delivery, then you should first inform your chosen transport provider that you no longer require the delivery. You should then contact us at to have your deposit refunded.

Can I Change The Address Of The Delivery?

If you have not yet accepted a quote then you are able to change the address of your listing. Note that editing details of your listing after publishing will result in active quotes being voided, so you will have to wait for new quotes to come in. If you have already accepted a quote and need to change the address, please let your transport provider know and contact us at .

Can Specialist Packing Equipment Be Provided?

Yes, transport providers will be able to provide specialist packing equipment, however, you will need to ensure that you have asked for this in your listing, and we recommend confirming this with transport providers before accepting a quote.

Are There Specialists On Shiply?

Yes, there are many specialists on Shiply. If you are looking for a specialized service for fragile goods, make sure you emphasise this in your listing and ask any transport providers about their experience with similar fragile items.

How Shiply works

How Shiply Works

How Shiply Works

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    Request quotes from our 425,967 rated transport providers.

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    Compare prices and read previous customer feedback to pick the right delivery quote for you.

  • 3

    Sit back and relax while your item is safely delivered by your chosen transport provider.

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