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When is a Shipping Pallet Used?

A shipping pallet is a portable platform on which to ship items. It’s used for freight shipping. During transportation, freight needs to be moved from one truck to another. A shipping pallet makes it easy for a forklift, pallet jack, front loader, jacking device, erect crane, and other tools to pick up the cargo. The shipping pallet is essential to ensure your freight is protected and gets delivered in good condition.

what is a shipping pallet?
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Why Use a Shipping Pallet?

Shipping with a shipping pallet provides a stable, robust, and supportive platform for transporting heavy items piled up, stored, and assembled. Wooden shipping pallets are cheaper, reusable, and stronger than other shipping containers. Using shipping pallets is a great way to protect shipping goods compared to other things like plastic wrap and cardboard. Pallets make the shipping process easier and safer, ensuring that the workers complete the delivery safely and that the goods are delivered promptly.

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What’s the Difference Between a Crate, Pallet, and Skid?

The best way to prepare a package is by using suitable materials and knowing what’s best. A crate is a wooden box used when supplies need to be more secured; they are bulky, so harder to move. A Pallet is the most popular option for storing and shipping freight. Pallets make goods easier to transport and offer protection by securing them in one place. A skid is an original pallet, except it has no bottom deck. The main difference between a skid and a pallet is a pallet has a second flat bottom deck. The double bottom deck provides more sturdiness and makes the pallets easier to stack and stronger. Skids take up less room and are cheaper. If you want the most secure, stack-able, and dependable option, then shipping pallets are the best answer.

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Shipping Crate
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Shipping Pallet
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Shipping Skid

Different Types

Standard Pallets

An average wooden pallet measures 48 in × 40 inches × 6 inches and weighs approximately 33 to 48 lb. While there are various pallet sizes, the most commonly used pallet is the standard 48×40 GMA pallet. As a result, this pallet has stringers of 48 inches and deck boards of 40 inches (see image #1 above for diagram). Industry-standard pallets can hold up to 460 pounds.

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Plastic Pallets

Lightweight plastic pallets can weigh as little as 3 to 15 pounds and as heavy as 300 pounds. (IPPC) Additionally, pallets are approximately 44 inches wide by 48 inches long and have three wood stringers that are 4 inches high by 3 inches wide, weigh about 135 pounds, and are made of .30 mm plywood.

2-way and 4-way Pallets

Deck boards should lift two-way pallets. Four-way pallets are usually heavier, bigger, and more durable than two-way pallets. The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) pallet is the most commonly used and accounts for 30% of all new wood pallets in the United States.

How to Prepare your Package on a Shipping Pallet

  • Shrinkwrap (3-5x) – Once you reach the top, stretch the film around the top corners. And pull slightly downwards. So, secure about an inch over the top of your pallet corners.
  • Straps- Take the loop, put it around, and pull it tight down. Then, take the top of each part, and pull tight until it comes.
  • Stack boxes (group them)- start with larger containers and minimize gaps. Group and start layering them.
  • Separate with padding- cardboard, plastic wrap, foam padding, bubble wrap, paper shred, pallet layering pads, etc.(they all offer extra support).
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