PALLET SHIPPING (GUIDE)
Shipping via freight is the easiest way to transport larger items. Therefore whilst pallet shipping is a pretty safe method of transporting items there is still the risk of damage or loss if the pallet used is inadequate for the weight and size of the load. Or should you not have secured the load properly.
For this reason and in order to make sure that your goods arrive safely we have put together some tips on preparing a pallet for shipment.
Pallet shipping multiple boxes
- First thing to remember is to choose the correct pallet for the job. Make sure this is big enough and nothing overhangs.
- Also always ensure your goods are packed properly ( See the article on How to Ship CNC Parts )
- If you are stacking multiple boxes on the pallet ensure that all the items are stacked with the lighter boxes on the top. Align the boxes in columns to shape a square. Stack closely together.
- To decrease friction use linear paper directly on the pallet and under the load. Use top and bottom load protector pads to protect damage to the top or bottom of the shipment.
- Securely fix the shipment to the pallet, shipments can be secured using shrink-wrap, banding or spray adhesive.
- Finally ensure that the shipping labels are visible and are placed on the side of the shipment. You can use labels to identify the type of freight and any handling instructions.
Pallet shipping crates
- Generally speaking crates can be a good alternative option to using boxes, just ensure these are secured and labelled as per Steps 5 & 6 above, and the crates are banded to the pallet. Ensure that the crate is of adequate strength for the item it is carrying.
Pallet shipping big spindle motors
- These should be secured to a wooden pallet, be careful to avoid overhang.
- If possible you can build a protective wooden frame around the item. Use additional padding to protect any sharp edges which may be exposed.
- Blocking material can be used to brace the items against the pallet so they remain fixed in transit.
- Use strapping to secure.
- Ensure that the shipping labels are visible and are placed on the side of the shipment. You can use labels to identify the type of freight and any handling instructions.