Proper Tips on How to Package, Palletize and Prepare Your Freight for Shipping

Taking the time to properly prepare your freight for shipping will ensure that your valuable products arrive to their destination without incident. Cutting corners here could result in boxes becoming damaged or opened in transit, costing you money and time having to reship any damaged goods.

Let’s review the proper tips for preparing your freight for shipping from preparing the boxes to packing the pallets.

Consider the following during your preparation of the shipment:

The job of the carrier is to move the freight from point A to point B. Their job is not to make any fixes to inadequate packaging.

Focus on packaging your products and the pallet for strength during the shipment. The products in those boxes can be damaged inside, on the pallet, or from contact with other pallets during transit. Protect your goods from the inside out.

Always use top-quality packaging products. The extra work, cost, and time, are definitely worth the effort when your goods arrive as expected. This includes using thicker tape, quality shrink wrap, durable pallets, and strong boxes.

7 Tips for Preparing Your Freight for Transit:

  1. All of your products must be prepared for and properly packed into each box. The boxes should be as close to full, with as little air in them as possible. Air pockets inside the box could allow your goods to get damaged or crushed during transit. If needed, cut the box to size, then use packing materials like bubble wrap or peanuts to fill any voids. Be sure to use plenty of packing tape so the edges do not open and expose the contents of the package in transit.
  2. Make sure that all boxes on the pallet are stacked evenly, carefully, and all together. Aligning and staggering the boxes is preferred. Always stack the heaviest boxes at the bottom of the pallet, then lighter as you get to the top. There should be no misaligned boxes hanging off the edge of the pallet, or they will act like a bumper in transit and absorb all the forces of impact and easily become damaged.
  3. Be sure that you not only distribute the weight evenly inside each box, but also every box that is placed on the pallet too. Place an even amount of weight on each side of the pallet as you stack so one side does not become too heavier than the other.
  4. Every couple of rows you should place a large and flat empty piece of cardboard to solidify the loose boxes.
  5. The use of cardboard corner beads around the pallet with help to strengthen the entire shipment. The corner beads will absorb any impacts if the shipment comes in contact with another pallet of goods or the side if the freight truck.
  6. Shrink wrap the entire pallet so that it is one tight shipment that has zero room to move. Wrap the ship three to five times and always use quality wrapping materials. Do not wrap the entire pallet, allow room for the blades of the forklift to easily get under the shipment. Twist the wrap as you go to add more strength to the entire shipment.
  7. Using nylon straps will help to secure the shipment more and ensure your packages arrive to their destination unharmed.


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