Shipping pallets to Amazon warehouses can be daunting particularly if you’re new to FBA deliveries and such. You may not be familiar with how to pack and prepare your pallet, which can make you feel even more stressed and pressured.
We know how frustrating it can be not knowing what you’re doing. So, we have prepared 5 top tips to help you properly pack your pallets and set you on the right path after all.
Protect Your Freight With Dunnage
Amazon has its own recommendations as to what you should use to protect your freight. If you use dunnage that Amazon wouldn’t normally accept, then you risk damaging your goods.
To avoid the above, do your best to make sure you pack your items with any of the following materials. Not just to stick to the FBA rules, but to save yourself the frustration of damaged goods and having the added expense of replacing items that have become damaged in transit.
Packing materials that Amazon do accept include; air pillows, full sheets of paper, polythene rolls, newspaper and thermocol sheets.These are all materials that Amazon advise businesses and individuals to use when packing their items for shipping.
While there’s plenty of materials you can use to pack your items, there are also some materials that Amazon simply won’t accept. These materials are as follows; shredded paper, thermocol chips, styrofoam peanuts and crinkle wrap. The reason for these not being accepted is because they do not offer maximum protection for pallet shipping.
As normal, if you struggle knowing what to use to pack and protect your freight you can always go to your Amazon seller central account and find more details there. Your Amazon seller central account should have everything you need to know in order to properly protect your items, while adhering to the strict guidelines and restrictions for FBA deliveries.
Meet The Amazon FBA Packing Requirements UK
For your pallet to be accepted by Amazon, all boxes should meet the Amazon FBA packing requirements (UK guidelines) first. This means that the contents should be able to withstand the rigours of transportation and processing at your chosen Amazon fulfilment centre.
Also, individual boxes should not be stretch wrapped before placed onto your pallet. You can cover your pallet in stretch wrap once you have arranged all boxes and they are properly secured to the pallet, but it is advised that you do not bundle the boxes together or secure them to one another.
Weigh Your Pallet Before Shipping
Your boxes should weigh no more than 23 kilograms each, unless of course you have purchased an oversized pallet space with your courier. As well as your chosen courier, Amazon also needs to know if your goods are oversized and how many boxes exceed the normal weight limit.
If your goods do happen to weigh more than 23 kilograms, you will need to make sure they’re clearly marked ‘Heavy Package’ on both the top and sides of each box of oversized goods.
Stretch Wrap Your Pallet
For Amazon FBA deliveries, stretch wrapping your pallet must be done after you have arranged each box appropriately on your pallet. Under no circumstance should you stretch wrap your boxes before placing them on your pallet, as this is not accepted by Amazon.
Stretch wrap is generally used more than shrink wrap when sending pallets to Amazon FBA UK. This is because stretch wrap is generally easier to apply and remove.
To apply stretch wrap, the film can be wrapped around the entire pallet and will stretch to comfortably fit and keep everything securely in place.
Whereas shrink wrap takes longer to apply, using a heat gun to ‘shrink’ the wrap over your pallet and is tougher to remove.
Measure The Height Of Your Pallet
When sending pallets to Amazon FBA UK, your shipment can be stacked up to a height of 1.8 metres. This is including the height of the pallet itself, though.
For example, if you have a few boxes stacked on top of one another, the height of your pallet will be included in the total height on top of the boxes - make sense? Just be sure to measure the height before arranging your FBA delivery.
Of course, if you still need help sending pallets to Amazon FBA UK, then you can always refer to the Amazon seller central FBA shipping guide. This should help you figure out what you need to do with your items for them to be accepted by any fulfilment centre of your choice.