How to: Make Shipping Batteries Easy and Affordable
Are you in need of a solution for shipping automobile batteries? Whether they are hybrid or car batteries, FreightCenter can help to make the process easy and affordable.
Generally, batteries are shipped via LTL (less-than-truckload) freight. The process starts with proper packing. Read on to learn more.
How Do You Prepare Batteries for LTL Freight Shipping?
LTL shipping is a smart choice for shipping automobile batteries because it is a cost-effective option. When shipping LTL, your shipment shares truck space with loads from other shippers, and you only pay for the space of which your shipment occupies. Therefore, you aren’t having to cover the cost of renting out the space of an entire truck.
That being said, because your shipment will be in the same truck with others, it is very important that your cargo is packaged carefully in order to reduce the risk for damage during transit. Furthermore, LTL freight trucks stop frequently and unload and reload shipments. Your battery needs to be packaged securely, and the packaging needs to be durable.
Packaging large batteries for shipping is not a difficult task. In fact, if you follow these tips below for some common battery types, it’s a relatively easy process.
Packing Non-Spillable Scrap Car Batteries
To start, place a piece of cardboard on top of a pallet, ensuring that the cardboard does not extend beyond its edges. Next, make a layer of batteries on the cardboard, standing the batteries upright. Make sure that the terminals from one battery do not touch the terminals of another. If there are side terminals, do not let the side terminals on two batteries face one another.
If the batteries are different sizes, place the taller batteries on the perimeter of the layer, securing the shorter batteries in the middle. After placing your first layer, if you need to add another, place a thick piece of honeycombed cardboard on top of the first row, then repeat the steps that you took in placing the first layer. You can have up to three layers in total.
When the batteries and cardboard are all in place, shrink wrap the entire package, starting at the bottom and working your way up until the shrink wrap overlaps the top layer of cardboard. Repeat three or four times until the entire package is sealed, protected and wrapped tight so that the batteries will not shift position during transit.
Packing Hybrid Car Batteries
The market for hybrid vehicle battery recycling and replacement is strong and growing. To meet the demand, some companies manufacture cases specifically designed for hybrid batteries, which are made to accommodate a forklift or pallet jack. To ship a hybrid battery, simply follow the packing instuctions on the battery case.
Compare LTL Freight Shipping Costs From Trusted Carriers for Shipping Batteries
FreightCenter is where the best freight carriers compete for your business. Our freight quote tool enables you to compare multiple carriers’ rates and expected transit times in a matter of seconds. From there you can choose which carrier you prefer to handle your shipment. FreightCenter takes care of the rest.
Follow these steps to get an instant online freight shipping quote:
- Enter the dimensions, weight and relevant zip codes into the quote form.
- You’ll see a list of qualified carriers for your shipment, along with their quote and estimated transit time. Choose your carrier and book your shipment.
- A FreightCenter expert will review your shipment and check for accuracy.
- Once the shipment is scheduled, you’ll receive your bill of lading and other paperwork.
- Double check that all information is correct.