Whether you are moving local or international, it’s important to understand the difference between part loads and full loads – and what it means. Here, we will go through everything you need to know about part loads. We will cover what it is, why you would use it, and all the advantages and disadvantages of using part loads for home or office removals. 

There are several names that a part load might go by in logistics, including partial load, LCL (less than container load) or LTL (less than truckload). So, if you see any of these terms being used throughout different articles, please remember that they are talking about the same thing – part loads.  

Part Load vs Full Load

A part load is a shipment – whether it’s via a lorry or truck, or a ship – that does not use all the available space. Not every removal will fill the whole area of space that is available in the transport. Most, if not all, moving and shipping companies will offer what we call these part loads. 

When there is a part load, the remaining, unused space from a given removal is used for another shipment or load. So, if you are moving your office and only take up half of a lorry, the other half of the lorry may be used for another person’s removal. By doing this, you are using all the available space on the given mode of transport and also cut the cost of transporting your belongings. 

A full load, on the other hand, is more self-explanatory. This is sometimes referred to as FCL (full container load) or FTL (full truckload), but they all mean the same thing. Here, the mode of transport is filled up, and all available space is used for a single client or load. 

Everything You Need to Know About Part Loads

Everything You Need to Know About Part Loads

There are a few things that you need to be aware of if you are transporting your goods in a part load. Below, we will go through everything you need to know about part loads so that you can make an informed decision, and know what to expect. 

When Would You Need Part Loads?

As mentioned before, you would need a part load if your goods do not fill up an entire lorry or other mode of transport you are using. There would be space left in the goods area that could be used for another client’s load. 

At Weston & Edwards, we like to give you the choice of using a part load or not. By doing this, you can have full control of every step of your journey – except for the driving part. Depending on the amount of space available in a vehicle and the size of your load, you should see what offers there are so that we can come to an arrangement. 

There are always deals happening no matter what moving company you choose to work with, so always inquire and see what you can learn – you might save yourself a lot of money. 

It is worth mentioning that not every company will give you a good deal with working with part loads. This is because it can be seen as too much hassle to organise different loads in a single container. In these cases, it isn’t uncommon for companies to charge for a full load even if the container or lorry is half empty as a means to save time. 

Advantages of Part Loads

There are lots of fantastic advantages to part loads that you should consider when doing a home or office removal. We will go through some of the most important ones below.  

Below are some advantages of part loads:

  • Cheaper option compared to a full load 
  • Accommodating and flexible for moves of all sizes 
  • Environmental impact is reduced
  • Improved facilitation 
  • Just as safe as full loads 

Disadvantage of Part Loads

There are a handful of disadvantages to be aware of for part loads. However, these are not huge concerns and should not be anything to worry about during a move, unless you are on a tight schedule. 

Below are the disadvantages of part loads:

  • Shipments may take longer as additional stops might be necessary
  • Very small chance of your goods being mixed up with another load (the use of modern technology and proper planning means that this will rarely ever happen, but it is still worth mentioning for the sake of transparency)

How to Tell if You Need a Part Load or a Full Load

In order to tell if you are going to need a part or full load, you are first going to need to know how much you will be moving and what mode of transport you will use. There is no real way to know for sure which load you will need, and ultimately you just need to get your belongings packed and see. 

In some cases, it might be obvious if you are only going to need a part load. Many small or home office removals are only part loads as there doesn’t tend to be a lot to move, while home removals are often (not always) full loads. 

Again, it will depend on the mode of transport you are using. It will be easier to fill a smaller lorry compared to a shipping container. If you want to get a professional opinion, we encourage you to do so. That way, you might get a better idea of what to expect.  

Weston & Edwards Can Go International

If you want to make the move out of the UK, or even to the UK, we can help. We offer international removals and worldwide shipping to get you where you want to be – wherever that is. Our removals across Europe, including France, Spain, Ireland, and beyond will make your life easy, and moving abroad will be smoother than ever. 

We also have guides on moving to places like Bulgaria, Spain, France and other European countries post-Brexit, as additional challenges now need to be navigated. For those with pets, we even cover everything you need to know about moving with pets after Brexit has happened. 

What We Offer

Here at Weston & Edwards, we can help you at every step of the journey if you need it, whether it’s for a house removal or an office removal. We can supply you with all the necessary materials and equipment for moving and packing, and can even help you with the packing ourselves. From getting your house ready to move to transport, storage, unpacking, and disposing of the moving supplies, we’re with you right to the end.

We know that everyone has different needs, which is why we have flexible options like part or return loads. You aren’t always going to need a full lorry or container, and we understand that. 

Weston & Edwards Can Help 

Everything You Need to Know About Part Loads

At Weston & Edwards, we can offer guides on moving house – from planning an office move to what you need to remember when moving homes. We also cover topics like what happens to pensions when you move abroad, if there are companies to help you move abroad, and even which the best ones are.  

Want to stay in the loop? Follow our news blogs to get all the latest updates, including money-saving tips when moving offices and tricks, and recent removals we’ve been working on, like our Essex house removal

Now that you know everything you need to know about part loads, you should feel more at-ease with the idea of utilising them in your next move. It’s a good way to save money and make the process more efficient, so why wouldn’t you?

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