Freight Packaging: Preparing Your Pallets for Transport

Choosing a company to ship your freight is just one of the things you’ll need to consider when shipping large and heavy loads across the country or even across the globe. While a freight company will take care of everything to get your shipment from point A to point B, freight packaging is not included with shipping costs. So, you’ll need to know how to prepare your freight for shipping as well as pack your items into boxes and onto pallets before the shipping crew arrives for pickup. To get you best prepared, we’ve come up with a few helpful tips to aid with freight packaging.

What to Do When it Comes to Freight Packaging

Get the Right Materials: If you aren’t shipping large objects like vehicles or farming equipment, you’ll need to package objects by placing them into boxes. Purchase new, never-been-used boxes for your freight packaging. This way, your objects will be secured in a box with enough strength to do so. You’ll also need to purchase tape, foam peanuts(or bubble wrap), and handling labels (fragile, liquid, glass, etc.). Finally, you’ll need both shrinkwrap and corner beads to keep pallets even and in place throughout the entire shipment.

Pack to Fill: Your boxes should be packed for strength. This means that there shouldn’t be any vulnerable areas of your boxes from any unfilled areas. While it’s ok to have space between objects, this space should be filled with packaging materials like bubble wrap and foam peanuts. This will keep your objects from moving around during shipping and keeps them less likely to be damaged.

Pallet Placement: Before your pallets can be picked up for freight shipping, your boxes should already be stacked on top of them. To do so, place your heaviest boxes on the bottom pallet. In between each row of boxes, include pieces of flat cardboard to protect the tops and bottoms of the boxes further. Additionally, it’s important to stagger boxes, as opposed to aligning them. This creates more support for all boxes. Finally, make sure all of your boxes are upright and do not overlap to make corners or edges uneven. Your pallet should be equal on all sides, from top to bottom.

Finishing Touches: Once your boxes are placed on the pallet and weight is distributed evenly, you can add the corner beads for extra support. And, you can finally wrap the boxes with shrinkwrap. The wrap should be wound around each section of boxes at least 5 times to provide the best strength. Remember, don’t wrap the bottom so that your pallet is still accessible by crane or forklift!

What Not to Do When it Comes to Freight Packaging

Use Old Boxes: Used boxes may be worn, torn, or simply dated. You want your packaging materials to be able to protect the items they’re holding. So, while using old boxes may save you a few dollars, it’s not worth it in the long run if you’re expecting an undamaged order.

Stack Boxes Evenly: While it might seem like the best thing to do, aligning your boxes evenly makes for more trouble during shipment. Weight should be distributed to more places than one, meaning a box should be set on top of at least two other boxes. Placing one box directly on another could damage items underneath. So, for best results, stagger your boxes.

Choosing a Freight Service for Your Shipping Needs

Now that you know how to properly pack your items, you’ll need to choose a carrier. Here at United States of Freight, we offer freight services which include finding the appropriate size, price, and services which you’ll need for your shipment. Furthermore, we track your shipment every step of the way and even ensure your items so that even if they do get damaged, you’ll be paid back in full. We even offer free quotes! Contact us now for your free quote.

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