The whole purpose of palletised delivery is to increase efficiency. For that reason, a number of steps should be taken during the packaging and loading process to make the transportation and unloading of each pallet as simple as possible.
If you’re new to loading and shipping pallets, this article will provide you with all the information you require to load them properly.
Loading Your Pallets
The key is to maximise each pallets load and make good use of all the space available. Pallets are far more sturdy and easy to transport when they’re full, densely packed and loaded properly. When packing, remember to:
- Load large, heavy or bulky items first, at the bottom of the pallet. These items provide a great foundation for any smaller items you wish to load on top. A bottom-heavy pallet is also far easier to transport.
- Make good use of ratchet straps to securely tie down all objects that aren’t uniform in shape. This includes automotive parts such as engines and gearboxes.
- Fully loaded pallets featuring boxes need to be shrink wrapped in plastic. This will keep your cargo secure during loading and transportation.
- Never allow your cargo to overhang on any pallet. This will only result in damage to your cargo and can prevent safe transportation.
Receiving Your Pallets
If you’re making use of a courier company, they will likely deliver to you as many pallets as you require. Once loaded, they will collect these pallets and deliver them to the location of your choice. To make this process as straightforward as possible, you should:
- Make sure that your yard is easily accessible to large lorries and wagons.
- Make sure that all cargo is palletised appropriately.
- Weigh each pallet to ensure that it can be lifted using the tail of an average box van. The tail lift limit is usually 1000kg.
- If you’re shipping enough pallets they will likely be loaded straight onto the back of a lorry via the use of your loading bay.
- Make sure that you’re loaded and ready on time. You might find yourself paying additional charges if the driver has to wait around.
Other Points for Consideration
Most couriers will be able to transport any type of cargo as long as it isn’t hazardous. If you’re unsure, remember to ask first. Any industrial components that will loaded directly onto a pallet should be drained of any liquids first to prevent spillages.
Pallets come in several different sizes, be sure to ask your supplier before you place an order as there will usually be one size which is suited better to your needs. If supplying your own pallets, make sure that none of them are broken or rotten as this can make transportation much more difficult.
Place an Order
Transportation is a growing industry and there are many couriers available, providing a range of services. Pallet delivery online can be arranged if required. Visit a supplier’s website and go through the order process where you’ll be asked to choose a pickup and drop off location. You will also need to provide enough data on the size of your shipment so that an accurate quotation can be produced.
Pallet delivery companies are experts at what they do, so you’re in good hands. Just remember to do your bit during the loading process.