Correct Pallet Preparation for Transportation

A carrier’s job is to transport freight; prepping the freight for safe shipment is your job. If it becomes the carrier’s job due to poor preparation, then expect surplus charges. Correct pallet preparation procedure is the same whether you’re arranging for an LTL or dedicated truck transport. We’ll go over the steps to palletize your freight for shipping.

Pallet Preparation 101

Fortify Individual Boxes

Individual boxes on the pallet should be full. Fill excess space with packaging peanuts, bubble wrap, or air pillows.

Stack Boxes Evenly

Boxes should be perfectly aligned and not extend beyond the pallet’s edge. Keep heavier boxes at the bottom and lighter ones on top. Solidify loose boxes by placing a flat cardboard piece every other row. Do the same for the very top row. Be sure any boxes with labels face outward. Finally, we recommend the use of cardboard corner beads to keep boxes from protruding beyond the pallet.

Don’t Be Conservative with the Shrink Wrap

Shrink wrap isn’t expensive, so don’t be stingy with it. Wrapping the pallet once or twice isn’t enough. You should wrap over the pallet three times at a minimum, though we prefer four to five times. As you wrap, twist the wrap every now and then to increase its strength.

Secure the Freight with Nylon Strap

This is optional, but you can secure the freight to the pallet by using sturdy nylon strap. If not, then at least use shrink wrap the top part of the pallet.

Ready to Transport Your Freight?

Once your freight is ready, give Machine Transport a call to arrange for a carrier or line haul shipper to haul your goods. Preparing your pallet the right way not only saves time but ensures your freight remains safe during its lengthy transportation.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Freight Brokers for Manufacturers and Suppliers

Serving Manufacturing Industries Throughout North America