In the selection of the shipment packaging and pallets, attention must be paid to the correct size (shipment contents plus padding) and to enough stability. The best way to ensure this is to pack goods onto pallets.

Palletising is an easy and simple way to keep shipments with multiple items together, as well as offering a degree of protection to the shipment.

One of the things that need to be kept in mind is that not all pallets are the same and packing materials on the incorrect pallet could affect the transit and cost of a shipment.

Finding the right pallet also means choosing its size and type. A pallet should not only be tailored to your shipment but also allow you to handle it easily, save storage space and reduce transportation costs. It is important to remember to make sure you do not have an overhanging shipment as these are penalised and counted as an additional pallet, which also opens more opportunity for damage.

It is always good practice to choose a pallet that is strong enough to hold the shipment (and it is very important not to overload the pallet) and isn’t damaged with protruding nails and broken boards. Pallets with four-way forklift entry are preferred as they help to improve handling and reduce damage to the shipment.

“Packing a pallet according to the correct size (length, width and height) is very important, if you are unsure and require advice and assistance, it is important to first make sure from a freight forwarder, such as Pioneer Freight, your shipment is correct” says Ray Burgess, director of Pioneer Freight.