Avoiding Freight Damage

Although rare (less than 1%) damaged freight is a reality that can have a huge impact on your business.  Luckily, many of the accidents that damage freight are preventable.  Here are some helpful tips on how you can prevent and avoid freight damage of your goods.

Start with a Pallet

When it comes to preparing your freight for shipping, do not cut corners.  Regardless of what you are shipping, we recommend using a pallet as a base.  This is especially important if you are planning on using transloading as part of your overall shipping method.  A pallet is neither expensive nor hard to use and provides a stable base that is easy and can be wrapped or bound to protect your cargo.

Protecting Fragile Freight

A pallet is just the beginning of how to avoid freight damage.  If you are shipping fragile freight, here are some great ideas on how to ensure that your freight remains undamaged throughout its journey.

  • Add extra packing on the inside of each box to protect individual items.
  • Pack items in smaller boxes or individually.
  • Add an extra layer of shrink wrap to the outside of the pallet and boxes. (We can help with this process if needed).
  • Pack it in a crate for optimal protection.

Here’s the Deal:

Even if you take these extra steps, the most important part of ensuring that your fragile freight remains undamaged is to correctly label it.  Make sure that your labels are bright and can be easily read when they are stacked.  A fragile label goes a long way and will reduce the chances of freight damage.

Other Strategies to Avoid Freight Damage

Even if you are shipping standard materials, there are many strategies that you can employ to minimize any freight damage.  These include:

  • Pack heavy boxes at the bottom of your pallet and lighter boxes on top.
  • Distribute weight evenly on your pallet and stack your boxes evenly as well. Make sure that no boxes overhang or jut out as these will definitely get damaged.
  • Use cardboard corners around the pallet to strengthen your entire load.
  • Do not use damaged boxes as they will collapse and could potentially damage your freight.


Always use a quality adhesive when packaging your freight.  Incorrectly sealed packages are one of the top reasons that freight gets damaged.  Make sure that the tape is at least 2 inches thick and is durable enough to hold up against water damage.

By following these tips, you should be able to minimize or even negate any freight damage.  Undamaged freight will not only save your business money, it will also lead to customer satisfaction.  If you have any questions on how we can help you protect your freight, please call us or stop by today.  We have been delivering all types of undamaged freight for over 40 years and would love to be a part of your shipping process.