3 Common Pallet Shipping Mistakes and How you can Avoid Them

Regardless of whether you are shipping freight nationally, internationally or just across town, chances are you are going to need to use pallets.  Both experienced and inexperienced shippers can make costly errors when using pallets.  As your premier shipping and crating company, we would like to discuss the three most common pallet shipping mistakes and provide tips on how your company can avoid them.

Choosing the Wrong Pallet

The right pallet can make all the difference when it comes to protecting your freight and preventing it from slipping or shifting during its journey.

  • Avoid pallets that are slick or plastic unless you specifically need such a pallet for your goods.
  • Prior to loading your freight, inspect each pallet to ensure that the ones you are using are sturdy and undamaged.
  • Choose a pallet that is the right size for your freight. The standard pallet size is 48” by 40” and can hold up to 4600 lbs.

Improper Preparation

Once you have the right pallet for your shipping needs, the next step is to properly pack and prepare your freight, so that it will arrive at its destination in the same shape that it left your warehouse.  Pay attention to these common mistakes when preparing your freight for pallet shipping.

  • Top heavy freight. Pack all your heavy freight on the bottom of your pallet.  This will not only stabilize your pallet, it will also prevent the heavier items from crushing and damaging lighter or more fragile goods.
  • Poor shrink wrapping. Shrink wrapping is one of the best ways to stabilize a pallet – if it is done properly.  To shrink wrap your pallet, wrap the entire pallet a full 5 times from top to bottom.  You will want to create one stable and secure unit.  If you are shipping fragile items, ensure that nothing is stacked on top of the pallet.
  • Not properly strapping your pallet. To get a secure and stable pallet, it is important to use straps as well as shrink wrap.  Make sure that the straps are tightened and go through the bottom space or opening of the pallet.

No Documentation

A stable and secure pallet load is not going anywhere without proper labeling and documentation.  These important papers will let the shipping company know the nature of the goods as well as where they are going and how they are going to get there.  Be sure that all proper documentation is securely attached to the outside of your pallet.

These helpful tips should help you avoid common and costly pallet shipping mistakes.  If would like more information on pallet shipping or would like to see how we can assist you with your shipping, packing and crating needs, please contact us today.  We look forward to working with you soon.