When shipping cargo, especially across long distances, securing it to a pallet is the best way to protect it. However, some types of products or small shipments cannot be secured to a pallet. This type of cargo is known as non-palletized. If you are shipping non-palletized products, here are some shipping tips to keep in mind to ensure they are properly packaged.
- Use the Right Container
The container is going to be even more important when freight is not on a pallet. Choose crates, shipping containers or corrugated boxes, if possible. When choosing a container, make sure it is strong enough for the weight of the item. Double boxing can help prevent damage.
- Provide Enough Cushion
Non-palletized items may shift more in transit than those that are on a pallet. Because of this, make sure that the items are properly cushioned inside your larger box. You need a minimum of two inches of cushioning material between items inside your packaging box. Consider newspaper, Styrofoam or even packing blankets to provide the right level of protection.
- Close and Label the Boxes
Once packed, reinforce the boxes with reinforced tape. Securely seal all closures and seams to prevent damage in transit. Consider reinforcing the edges so the crate or box will not bend during transport.
Because these items are not going to be shipped the same way palletized freight is shipped, you need to be certain that they are labeled properly. You need to put your telephone number on the label, and also the complete address of both the shipper and the consignee. This will ensure that the item gets where it needs to go, or is returned properly if there is a problem.
If you have additional questions about preparing non-palletized freight, feel free to contact the team at JML.