Queensland and Northern Territory Transport Blog
Posted on 31 January, 2018 in Supply Chain

Smart Shipping: Priceless Pointers on Packing and Stacking Pallets

Smart Shipping: Priceless Pointers on Packing and Stacking Pallets

Packing pallets is an essential part of making sure your freight arrives at its location damage-free. Pallets can minimise your freight costs and help you avoid delays when you're shipping items. There are several ways to maximise the use of packing pallets. In addition, there are a few different types of pallets you can choose from, so read on to learn all about them.

Know the Four Main Pallet Sizes 

Although there are several different types of packing pallets available, there are the four main types of pallets Australians commonly use. They vary by the following sizes: 

  • Packing Pallet 1: One of the most common sizes is 1165mm by 1165mm.
  • Packing Pallet 2: Another common size is 1100mm by 1100mm.
  • Packing Pallet 3: The European type some Australians use is 1200mm by 800mm.
  • Packing Pallet 4: The American type Australians often use is 1016mm by 1219mm.

The good news is, Australia has a large number of packing pallet suppliers available to you. Also, if you use a freight company to move your items, make sure to ask if they will return your empty pallets for you.

Ensure Stability: The Top Two Pallet Stacking Methods

When it comes to stacking packing pallets, you want to ensure the entire stack is stable. You can do this by using these stacking methods: 

  • Column Stacking Method: Place the heaviest boxes at the bottom of the stack and first on top of the pallets. The key to successfully stacking your freight using this method is to ensure every layer is even in weight. Stack everything in neat rows, one on top of the other.
  • Interlocking Stacking Method: Begin this stacking method the same way as the column stacking method with the heaviest boxes on the bottom. Slot each package neatly together, leaving no gaps between them. Stack each layer as evenly as possible, so you get a stable finished product.

The Final Step: Wrap Your Finished Freight Stacks

Once you've finished properly stacking your freight, you should wrap the entire thing, including the pallet. This process helps to hold all of the freight in the proper position during transport. Be sure to use stretch wrapping specially designed to hold freight. Here's how: 

Start at one side and go all the way around the  pallet and freight, winding it tightly. 

Repeat this process a few times for added stability. 

Be sure to wrap the pallet with the stretch wrap to secure the freight directly to the pallet.

Avoid These Common Stacking Mistakes

The key to a successful transport and damage-free items is stability. Here are several mistakes you can make when you stack items on packing pallets that will compromise your freight:

  • Layers Are Not Flat: If you fail to keep each layer flat or as flat as possible, you'll encounter a problem with stability. Your structure will get weaker with each additional layer, and the chances of the entire thing collapsing increases.
  • Overhanging Cartons: Any cartons that hang over the edges of the packing pallets are more prone to damage during transport. They can also damage other shipments, and it reduces the compression strength of the entire pallet.
  • Too High: You may be tempted to stack your pallets really high to avoid using more of them. However, the higher you stack your pallet, the more unstable it will be. The transport company may also increase your fee because it's more difficult to move your items safely.

Packing your freight shipments on packing pallets is all about stability. If you want your freight to arrive in good condition, proper packing using a secure wrapping method is the way to go. It doesn't take much time or effort, but it can save your shipment from damage and loss. 

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