HANDLING UNIT

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WHAT IS A HANDLING UNIT?

Every distinct piece of packaged freight that will be moved with a forklift,  pallet jack or by hand is a handling unit.  Every handling unit in a shipment should have at least two shipping labels (on adjoining sides) to make sure the forklift operators and drivers have a good view of where the shipment is going. 

HANDLING UNIT EXAMPLES  

  • Six boxes on one pallet is one handling unit. 
  • Six boxes on one pallet plus one palleted crate equals two handling units. 
  • A wrapped kayak is a handling unit

Every handling unit should be labeled if its contents are fragile, contain hazardous material or if the handling unit is not stackable.

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