How can I make sure my shipment arrives in good condition?
Are your goods fully protected when in transit? At all times? Suitable packaging is essential for protecting your goods. That includes when they are being loaded and unloaded and when they are being moved around a terminal from one truck to another, or when being packed into a container or unit load device for sea or air freight If your goods are stackable, then there is an even greater need for solid, reliable packaging.
What types of pallet are there?
You can make use of several different types of pallets, such as half pallet, EUR, EUR1, EUR2 and EUR3 pallets as well as North American pallets. Common to all is that:
- Your pallet must be able to be handled by truck or other means of loading.
- Your pallet must be stable and undamaged, so that there is no risk of tipping during handling.
How should my goods be packed on a pallet?
If your goods weigh more than 35kg in total, they must be palleted. Remember:
- Pack your goods inside the pallet edges because if they hang over the edge they are likely to be damaged.
- Pack the pallet evenly – in particular make sure that the weight is evenly distributed too.
- Wrap the goods with shrink film secured around the lower edge of the pallet. This reduces the risk of the goods moving and the pallet tipping.
- Fix heavy or bulky goods to the pallet with plastic or steel strips and make sure the centre of gravity is even and low.
- Use pallet spacers to prevent the goods from slipping.
A stackable pallet can have another pallet on top of it weighing 400 kg. If not, the pallet should be booked by the load metre.
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