Even if you are at your first pallet delivery or you are seasoned, so to say, in terms of such deliveries, some tips can’t do any harm, right? Well when it comes to deliveries that involve pallets, their safety is the most important thing you have to worry about.
In this respect, we will now present you with some pallet delivery tips that will make both of our jobs easier. They will make it easier for you to deal with your pallet and easier for us to ship it and take it where you want it taken without any issues during transport.
Now, let’s see what your friendly neighbourhood pallet courier has to say!
The Pallet Problem - Courier Tips
When you rely on a pallet delivery company, then the pallets that you’ll need for your boxes will most likely come to you – as in the company can supply you with them.
However, if you decide to save some money and find your own pallets, then you should be prepared – why? Well, first of all, besides finding them, you’ll also need to transport them back to your place or store.
Still, finding a proper pallet can be an issue. Most of the times, you’ll find pallets that are infested with stray nails, so to say, pests, and many other things that may make them unfit for shipment. So, before ruling out the services of a pallet courier, you might have to think this issue twice if you want to avoid any pallet problems.
Wooden Pallets – Strict Regulations
Keeping in mind the infested pallets, you have to know that shipping of wooden pallets has caused pest problems around the world. In this respect, the companies that make or restore these pallets have to comply with a set of standards for wood treatment.
All the pallets that have been treated properly are stamped with a pallet seal by a certified inspector – so, look for that pallet seal when buying a pallet on your own. There is plenty of advice online for how to seal pallet wood if you are doing it yourself.
The catch here is that if your pallet is untreated properly, it – along with its cargo – might be either incinerated or turned back from certain ports. This renders the time you spent packing the pallet and its boxes in vain.
In short, most pallet couriers will advise you not to make your own pallets, as you might risk losing them for good, along with your items/products.
Packing Your Pallet for Transport
You already know that packing your pallet the right way for transport is a big deal; getting it wrong may result in refusal and additional shipping charges, too.
When a courier accepts the responsibility of transporting your goods from A to B, it is your job to ensure everything is packed and wrapped properly to avoid any damage or extra fees.
Remember that, even if a courier agrees to transport your goods, they have the legal right to refuse to give compensation for damage if your pallet has been packed and wrapped poorly.
Essentially, the risk is entirely your own if you do not pack and secure your goods properly. However, if you packed your items well and they still become damaged during their journey, you will be able to claim on the insurance.
Many couriers offer pallet packing tips and advice or at least have their own rules, regulations and restrictions in place for you to adhere to at all costs. Just to be on the safe side, we always recommend following these as closely as possible and if ever in doubt, shout!
Should your pallet already be properly packed and wrapped, then you can go ahead and book your pallet delivery. We recommend using a courier partnered with Palletline to give you more control of your pallet.
You can select one of the networks' locations for delivery and the shipment will also be made via its specific hubs, which decreases the risk of damaging your pallet as well as offering a much quicker delivery.
How to Ship Pallets with PalletOnline
We have plenty of pallet courier tips and expert advice for you, but in terms of getting your FREE pallet delivery quote, the process could not be any easier!
All you have to do is head over to our homepage and choose your collection and delivery locations. From there, you will be prompted to select the correct pallet size for your items and the number of pallet spaces required. Here you can also add any extra services to the basket should you wish to do so.
Finally, you will need to enter the full collection and delivery address for your pallet delivery and add any booking notes before confirming your details.
For more details regarding booking a pallet delivery with PalletOnline, please get in touch with us directly.
You can also find more of our expert advice and top courier tips by visiting our Help Centre!