How to Pack Your Pallets for Safer Shipping
Posted 16th June, 2020
For larger or heavier consignments, shipping by pallet is often the most cost-effective method – but it is important that your delivery arrives safely at its destination. Ensuring that you pack your pallets properly will help to make sure your goods – and those handling them – enjoy the maximum possible protection. Here are some tips to help.
1. Use the right pallet
Choosing the right pallet for your consignment is extremely important. Always use a standard size, quality wooden or plastic pallet. Always inspect your pallet to make sure that the pallet is in good condition before loading it. Try to avoid processed wood pallets as these are not as strong. Although they are becoming more common, cardboard pallets are also not recommended in most circumstances. If you are not sure, speak to your carrier and they will be able to assist. They may also be able to provide pallets.
2. Stack your pallet evenly
Try to stack your pallet so that the weight is spread out evenly and the packages form columns of equal height so that the top level of the pallet is flat. This will be more stable and help to prevent the load from shifting. It will also ensure that you avoid incurring additional costs which sometimes arise when pallets are not stackable.
3. Ensure items do not protrude
It is important to make sure that none of your items exceeds the dimensions of the pallet. Not only will this put your items at risk of damage, if there are overhanging items it may not be possible for the carrier to accept your delivery.
4. Secure your shipment
There are different ways to secure a palletized shipment depending on the nature of your goods, although shrink wrapping is probably most common. If using shrinkwrap, ensure it covers the base of the pallet. If using banding, make sure that this attaches the load to the actual pallet. Cardboard edge protectors are a low-cost way to stabilise and reinforce pallets and can also help to protect loads under shrinkwrap or strapping.
5. Label your pallet correctly
Make sure all old labels are removed and ensure that new labels are clear and securely mounted. Make sure any special instructions and other details are correctly completed. Follow the carrier’s instructions for where and how the label should be displayed.
As a member of the UK’s leading pallet network, Station Couriers can offer next day, timed or economy deliveries for any palletised goods. We handle full, half or quarter pallet sizes, and can also arrange transport for unusual or bulky freight. To find out more, get in touch today on 01686 621 190.