Pallet packing and shipping can be a tricky process to master, particularly if you are new to pallets and you have never felt the need to approach a pallet courier to assist with the shipping of your freight.
However, before you contact a courier to deliver goods on your behalf, there are a few things you need to know.
While most pallet couriers will tell you what you aren't allowed to do when using their services, they don't always mention the things you can do.
Without further ado, we're going to tell you everything you need to know about the dos and don'ts of pallet shipping.
How To Pack A Pallet
To begin with, when learning how to pack a pallet you should remember to maximise your space. Use the space that you have, wisely. What we mean by that is to pack as many items on your pallet as you possibly can, without overpacking or damaging anything.
You will also want to place your items carefully, a particular way. Gather the heaviest - namely, the largest - boxes or items and load them onto the pallet first. Putting these on the bottom of your pallet first will reduce the risk of your items arriving damaged.
After you have placed the heaviest items on the pallet, you can then begin to load the others on top in weight order (heaviest first, lightest last) and make sure they are neat. Try to avoid loading them in a pyramid shape as loose items and boxes are more likely to shift during transit and can become damaged easily.
A flat and organised pallet is more likely to arrive intact, thus the recipient is much more likely to be satisfied with their delivery.
One more thing: before shipping pallets, make sure you have plenty of pallet wrap. It's always better to have too much than too little! Some even recommend applying a few layers of pallet wrap to maximise the safety of your items during their journey.
Ideally, when shipping heavier or larger items, use ratchet straps to better secure the items to your pallet. Particularly for bulky items such as engines, car parts, furniture and home appliances as these should not be allowed any room for movement during transit.
How Not To Package Your Pallet
When done carefully and properly, pallet packing should see no gaps between items. By this, we mean that items or boxes should sit together side by side and have no space between them at all.
Gaps mean a higher damage risk, which you want to avoid at all costs. Not to mention that if you do leave gaps, your items are more likely to overhang the pallet.
Pallet overhang will only result in damaging your goods, or in some cases, damaging pallets that belong to other people.
What To Do For Same Day Collection
By selecting collection on the same day as your booking, you surely want the quickest service to ship your goods. With this in mind, it's only fitting that you help to speed the process up as much as possible by ensuring you have everything required.
To begin with, waiting at the collection site and making sure the delivery vehicle can easily access your site is the best way to allow a smooth running collection on the same day.
Secondly, if you are ever unsure of anything, be sure to leave it on the collection notes! After all, when trusting a courier to help transport your goods, they are dedicated to helping you.
What Not To Do For Same Day Collection
Despite the pressure to act fast, don't forget to weigh your pallet before collection! You should always weigh your items before even booking a collection as the courier needs to know which pallet size they are catering for and handling on the day.
This will allow them the chance to advise you on whether you will need any additional equipment, i.e. a forklift, tail lift and such. Not only that, but it will help better prepare the driver for their collection.
Lastly, you should also avoid leaving the driver waiting for you to finish packing and wrapping your items. This should already be done before the collection takes place and everything should be ready for the driver to quickly collect; that way, there are no delays.
What To Do For Standard Collection
Always be ready for your pallet collection. They can happen early in the morning or later in the afternoon, at any time.
If you happen to miss your collection slot, the chances are that the pallet courier will ask you to cover the cost of an additional collection - this is more to cost the expenses of getting the delivery truck to you a second time!
Also, as we mentioned before it pays to know roughly or even exactly how much your pallet weighs and its dimensions too.
What Not To Do For Standard Collection
You mustn't be late for your standard pallet collection. Although not as speedy as a same day pallet collection, if you are late and the courier is waiting on you, they may leave without your pallet and return to the depot empty-handed. In which case, you will probably be charged an additional fee.
You should get plenty of notice from the courier well in advance, so missed or prolonged collection is very unlikely.
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