Road Freight

In today’s world, we are all conscious of the effects of global warming and, in turn, of trying to reduce our carbon footprint. One way to tackle this issue is to choose a responsible ground transport provider. There are now many responsible providers who manage their routes and fleets in the most eco-friendly manner possible, using a variety of sized vehicles as well as 40 foot articulated vehicles. The most efficient way to avoid wastage and reduce costs is to organise and plan ahead to ensure a job is fully completed the first time round, avoiding re-routes and time delays. At Sandford Freight UK we strive for efficiency and making our operations as streamline as possible, thus minimizing our carbon footprint.

At Sandford Freight UK we work with a select number of responsible haulage companies who use cost effective methods to reduce climate change. We can provide a full Pan European Groupage or Full Load Service, both outbound and inbound, using a hub and spoke system, which maximises the vehicles’ capabilities while keeping costs at a minimum. We also handle dedicated same day/rapid overnight responses. We can cater for all your needs and provide, Flat Beds, Low-Loaders, Tilt Trailers, Curtain Sliders, Box Trailers, Swap Bodies or Road-Trains.

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Our services include:

  • Pan European Export / Import Services

  • Scheduled Services To / From Europe

  • Daily UK in / out Services: 24, 48 and 72-hour options

  • Dedicated, Flexible Operations Team

  • Competitive Tariffs

  • Packing / Crating Services available

  • Insurance

  • Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Material


When is combined transport used?

Combined transport is the term used to describe the utilisation of different modes of carriage. It normally embraces Intermodal, Multi-modal, Bi-modal and ‘road-on-rail’ methods of transportation. Carriage by more than one mode of transport against one contract of carriage. A true combined transport movement starts at the Shipper’s premises and ends at the Consignee’s premises i.e. House-to-House or Door-to-Door. Combined Transport services are operated by a CTO (Combined Transport Operator).

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What is a curtain sider?

Swap body or trailer with a sliding curtain along the length of the unit, which allows free access from the sides with the curtains drawn back.

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What do I need a Customs Clearance Agent to complete?

For all consignments coming into or leaving the UK from countries outside the EU customs formalities have to be attended to on behalf of the importer or exporter as the case may be. Freight forwarded or customs clearance agent may perform the task and raise an appropriate fee for carrying out the job. In some cases the agent also guarantees and advances the duties to Customs. Also referred to as Customs Brokers since “free circulation” of goods within Europe came into being on January 1st 1993.

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What goods are classed as dangerous goods?

Dangerous Goods (also referred to as hazardous materials or restricted articles), are described as articles or substances that are capable of posing a significant risk to health, safety or property when transported by air.
The following are some examples of dangerous goods that must be declared at time of booking:

  • Oil-based paint and thinners (flammable liquids)
  • Industrial solvents
  • Insecticides, garden chemicals (fertilizers, poisons)
  • Lithium Batteries (not in cameras)
  • Magnetized materials
  • Machinery (chain saws, outboard engines containing fuel)
  • Fuel for camp stoves, lanterns, torches or heating elements
  • Automobile batteries
  • Infectious substances
  • Any compound, liquid or gas that has toxic characteristics
  • Bleach
  • Flammable adhesives
  • Perfume
  • Alcohol

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What size is a euro-pallet?

Size of pallet is 1200mm x 800mm. Height of pallet itself is approximately 185mm.

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Why do I need an export licence?

Export license may be required for certain restricted products to certain countries, normally military goods, dual use goods and associated technology and software, or radioactive materials.
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What size is a standard pallet?

(Metric pallet)
Size of standard pallet is 1200mm x 1000mm. Height is 185mm.

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What is a tail lift?

A tail lift is fitted to the back of a trailer. A tail lift reduces labour handling costs considerably and increase loading speed.

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What is a timed delivery?

When a person / company requires delivery within a specified time.

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What is a tilt trailer?

When a person / company requires delivery within a specified time.

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What is tracking?

The act of providing updates on the progress of a shipment as it transits form origin to destination.

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When do I require a Trem Card?

Transport Emergency Card used in the carriage of chemicals by road. The card must accompany the load at all times. They are prepared by CEFIC – the European Council of Chemicals Manufacturer’s Federations of Zurich according to regulations of the ADR.

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