To avoid delays, guarantee the safety of your goods, and minimise your freight costs, here are some useful tips for packing pallets. Remember that a transportation company can refuse to deliver your pallets if they do not appear to be packed well or if other clients’ goods can be damaged.
Please, remember that mistakes you make when packaging goods increase probability of damaging both your cargo and cargo of other customers.
So here is some basic information about shipping pallets.
There are two major types of pallets used in Australia:
Type 1: 1165mm x 1165mm
Type 2: 1100mm x 1100mm
European Pallet or American pallets are also used:
European Type: 1200mm x 800mm
American Type: 1016mm x 1219mm
There are many other types of pallets, but the four listed above are the most common.
There are a number of suppliers and managers of pallets in Australia, the largest being is Chep. Most FreightExchange carriers will return your empty pallets. Be sure to ask us how when you make a booking.
How to pack a pallet?
There are two main ways of packing pallet: column or interlocking methods.
The column method is used to secure standard cartons, stacking them in rows and neatly on top of each other.
The interlocking method is used to secure packages of various dimensions together with no gaps, and providing pallet stability.
Regardless, always place the large and heavy boxes at the base of the pallet. This will maintain stability and prevent boxes from collapsing.
Combine the items of same shape and height together to create as much even and flat space as possible.
If there are irregularly shaped items, pack them at the end on top of the pallet.
Common mistakes to avoid
Don’t pack pallets too high. This can lead to instability of the pallet and caused difficulties during transportation of you goods. Also, it can be the reason for the price delivery increase.
Pyramid shaped pallet loads are also a problem, as the lack of a level surface weakens the overall packaging and may expose the contents to damage from other shipments.
Cartons that overhang the edge of the pallet are also prone to damage. This method of stacking is not good practice, as the top-to-bottom compression strength of the load will be reduced. This also makes it more difficult and expensive to wrap the pallet, because more film will be used to secure the load.
By following these simple guidelines, you can improve pallet stability, reduce the likelihood of damage and minimize the costs of your shipment.
Here the examples of well packed pallets: