Every distinct piece of packaged freight that will be moved with a forklift, pallet jack or by hand is a handling unit.
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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