Road freight

Our overland freight forwarding services deliver throughout the UK and Europe, and include groupage options to keep costs down.

IFL truck on motorway – photo by Kerrys Photography

When sending road freight around the UK, or for exporting to or importing from Europe, here’s how IFL gets your consignments there quickly, safely and cost-effectively.

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Expert road freight services for UK and Europe

IFL truck on motorway – photo by Paul Evans

With decades of experience and a global network of transport partners, IFL provides road freight solutions for businesses of all sizes. These include UK haulage and pallet distribution; European export and import groupage; economy, express and premium options; and part load or full truck deliveries.

For a single, smooth shipping solution, we also offer fully integrated logistics through our three large capacity warehouses in the Birmingham area, close to heart of the UK motorway network and Midlands airports.

Why choose IFL for road freight transport?

Rob Pike, MD of IFL, at the wheel

At IFL, the smooth, efficient and cost-effective delivery of your goods is our priority. Here are just a few reasons why you should choose us for your road freight transport needs.

Extensive experience

With more than 30 years’ experience in UK and international freight transport, we have the knowledge, expertise and network to deliver your consignments on time and in full, every time.

Wide range of services

We offer a comprehensive range of road transport services, including express and economy, full truck loads and groupage services (consolidating your freight into a low-cost single load).

For UK freight, we manage the entire process from our Birmingham hub. Our membership of the Palletways freight network brings next-day delivery within reach, as well as full tracking of your consignments.

For European freight, we offer frequent trailers and door-to-door delivery using our own fleet and cargo partners. We also offer a flagship Switzerland road freight service with double-manned trailers, and customs clearances services on our core European services for seamless shipping.

Full IFL truck showing palletised freight
Keeping supply chains moving – 59 pallets collected for the NHS and delivered overnight via the Palletways UK network.

Maximum weight and size

Our vehicles can carry a maximum weight of 28 tonnes and up to three metres in height, ensuring we can transport large, bulky or heavy consignments.

Fuel efficiency

We’re committed to reducing our carbon footprint and maximising fuel efficiency through ongoing investment in vehicles with the latest technology and route optimisation software. More on this in ESG ­– moving towards Net Zero in road freight transport.

IFL truck – photo by Kerrys Photography

Online track and trace

Our state-of-the-art tracking and transport management systems enable you to monitor your consignments in real-time, giving you total visibility over your goods and peace of mind.

Customer service

As an independent in a world of large operators, we value every customer highly and always aim to provide a personal service. When you contact us, you’ll talk directly with one of our team – not a bot or an automated phone queue. We regularly achieve Platinum status from Palletways for outstanding customer service and performance, and have won many awards for our outstanding customer service over the years.

Rob Pike, MD, with celebrity host Sharron Davies MBE at the BIFA Awards

Global community

IFL is a Platinum member of Palletways ­– the No.1 overnight UK pallet network – with links to their Palletways Europe organisation. We also have longstanding working arrangements with like-minded freight forwarders throughout the rest of the world, which means that customers can be offered truly global supply chain logistics packages embracing transport by road, sea and air.

Our road freight transport services

IFL offloads at its warehouse facility

Full truck load (FTL)

Our full truck load service is ideal for businesses that need to transport large quantities of goods across the UK and Europe. We can provide vehicles of different sizes and configurations to meet your specific requirements, and our experienced drivers will ensure your consignments are delivered on time and in full.

Part truck load (PTL)

If you have smaller quantities of goods to transport, our part load service is perfect. By consolidating multiple part loads into a single truck, we can provide a cost-effective and environmentally friendly transport option – without compromising on speed or reliability.


Our groupage service allows you to share the cost of transporting goods with other businesses, enabling you to benefit from lower prices and reduced environmental impact. We offer groupage options to keep costs down, and our experienced team will ensure your consignments are delivered safely and on time.

Additional services

In addition to our core road transport services, we offer fully integrated logistics to help you manage your supply chains more efficiently. Services include container unloading, destuffing and palletising handball containers, warehouse storage, full KPI and stock management, warehouse management system for inventory visibility, competitive all-risks insurance, and customs clearance services.

IFL's new DAFs trucks bring greener transport

Get a quote for road freight transport services today

Whether sending UK or international road freight, IFL can provide you with a reliable, efficient and cost-effective solution. Contact us today to get a quote for our freight transportation services.


What is the meaning of road freight?

Road freight is simply the transportation of goods using the road network. Goods may be loaded onto a car, van, truck or lorry and delivered to their destination or other place of unloading or distribution, such as ports, warehouses or freight transport hubs. Road freight plays a critical connecting role in air cargo and sea freight, and across the global transport and logistics sector.

What are the types of road freight transport?

Road vehicles are used to provide both express and economy, full load and groupage services. Vehicle types can vary from small vans and rigid or articulated trucks, to specialised units for conveying temperature controlled goods or abnormally heavy and out of gauge (OOG) loads.

What is the advantage of road freight?

Road transport is often the most cost-effective option for businesses that need to transport their products or components. It costs less than air freight and more than sea freight. And, unlike other modes of transport, road freight provides a door-to-door service. Using modern technology vehicles, goods can also be tracked in real time.

Is rail freight cheaper than road freight?

The economy of rail freight lies in its ability to carry freight over long distances in complete train loads. Otherwise road freight has the competitive edge.

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Please note: we do not ship personal effects.