Pallet delivery services are profuse and easily arranged these days. Whether you’re an import-export business or you’re simply looking to minimise your business’s freight costs, the following pallet packing tips will surely come in handy at some point.
Choose the right pallet for the load
As there are a variety of pallet types used around the world, it’s not only important to take into account the size of the load that will be loaded onto the pallet, but also the destination to which the pallet will be delivered.
- Consider using a common pallet type like 1200mm x 800mm (European) or 1016mm x 1219mm (American) as this may reduce the cost of freight
- Ensure the pallets you use are large enough to cater for the load and that no part of the load overhangs from the pallet
- Always use pallets that are in good condition and are suitable for both the load and the destination to which they’re headed
Mistakes are often made when selecting pallets, with one of the most common mistakes made by businesses entailing the use of wood pallets for export purposes that haven’t been heat treated. This is a mistake that you don’t want to make, so you may find that it’s advantageous to use plastic pallets for import-export purposes and always work with a renowned pallet delivery service provider to ensure high standards of service.
Pack pallets properly
Perhaps the most common mistakes made by businesses with regard to pallets and freight is incorrectly packing and labelling pallets, which can cause all kinds of problems that often prove expensive to rectify.
- Make sure that all pallets have been labelled correctly and old labels have been removed
- Be careful not to overload the pallet as this may cause it to break and that can make it difficult to transport to its destination
- Make sure the pallet doesn’t become top-heavy as this could cause it to topple over and damage the goods being transported
- Wooden sheets and other suitable materials should be used to protect the top of the load on the pallet from the weight of other pallets placed on top
- Bubble wrap and other packing materials should be used to protect items that could be damaged during freight
- Heavy items that could move around during freight should be strapped to the pallet to prevent them moving about and damaging other loads
- When using shrink wrap, ensure it goes around the base of the pallet as well as the goods loaded on it to ensure the load stays in place during freight
Incorrect packing techniques and lax quality control are usually the cause of problems experienced during transit, not the staff who manage the logistics of the delivery, as many businesses believe.
As a result, it’s important to ensure your pallets are packed correctly and have been correctly labelled before they are picked up or delivered, so as to avoid problems that could have easily been prevented.