December, 19 2013
Palletizing is regarded as a sure-safe way of dispatching cargo consignments, therefore we recommend palletizing your goods to ensure proper safety and timely delivery of your shipment. Although palletizing slightly increases the volume of your shipment, it benefits far outweigh this increment in terms of ease in handling and storage efficiency at the dock(s) and in transit.
- The standard pallet size is 48’ (length) by 40’ (width)
- The thickness of the pallet varies from 5”-7”
How to Palletize:
The ideal situation would involve palletizing a box that is 24” (length) x 18” (width) x 24” (height). The upper limit for a pallet’s height is 62” (if shipping by Air) and 88” (if shipping by Sea) whereas each individual pallet’s weight should not exceed 1500 Lbs. You can stack four boxes with these dimensions in one layer,so this means that one standard pallet can accommodate a maximum of three layers of boxes with the aforementioned dimensions, with four boxes in each layer.
Even though we transport consignments in a variety of shapes and sizes, our objective is to ensure optimal utilization of storage space while loading shipments.
What You Need To Properly Palletize Your Goods:
- A solid, sturdy pallet
- Strapping materials such as ratchet straps, rope or twine
- A roll of shrink (or stretch) wrap
- Cardboard and/or foam (optional)
Why You Should Palletize:
- Pallets are stronger than other shipping containers such as cardboard boxes and plastic wrapping which reduces the risk of product damage and human injury.
- Pallets keep your goods up and off the ground; this prevents any potential damage from contact with water, dirt, or debris.
- There are a range of lightweight wooden and plastic pallets available which can reduce your cost of warehousing or weight-based shipping cost(s).
- Palletizing enables stability and prevents any unwanted movement of cargo as it is secured with straps and wraps.
- Palletization enables easier tracking of shipments because there are fewer objects to be monitored; it enables flexibility and optimal utilization of storage space.
- Pallets often do not require specialized handling equipment; Palletized goods also require less manual handling as compared to other containers and can therefore be moved much more quickly.
- In case of fresh and/or perishable products, palletization provides drainage and circulation and reduces the risk of temperature abuse on unrefrigerated docks.
- If you are shipping commercial goods, customers tend to prefer receiving palletized goods.
Pallets (especially timber pallets) offer environmental advantages; they are sustainable packaging materials, can be easily repaired using low cost technologies and are recyclable at the end of their useful lives.