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, expect surplus charges. Whether you’re arranging for an LTL or dedicated truck transport, correct pallet preparation is key to keeping cargo intact throughout its shipping journey. We’ll go over the steps to palletize your freight for shipping.
Pallet Preparation 101: Fortify Individual Boxes
Make sure each box is packed well before loading it onto the pallet. Boxes should be full, without air spaces and and distributed. The box’s contents can get crushed and damaged if there is air inside, and shifting can occur if weight isn’t distributed evenly. Use packing material, such as Styrofoam peanuts or air pillows, to fill any voids.
Stack Boxes Evenly
Stack boxes together on the pallet, distributing the weight as evenly as possible. Place heavier boxes at the bottom, and stagger the boxes to boost stability. Stacking the packages incorrectly or failing to secure them to the pallet can cause damage to the cargo.
Don’t Be Conservative with the Shrink Wrap
Use high-quality shrink wrap, securing the pallet three to five times to keep packages from coming loose. Start at the bottom and work your way up, but only partly wrap the top. This ensures that your cargo won’t separate from the pallet while keeping it accessible to forklifts. Secure your packages even further by strapping the load to 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. Prepare your pallet the right way. It not only saves time, it ensures your freight remains safe during its lengthy transportation. Contact us today for more information.
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