Using pallets in shipping is common knowledge, but sadly, the correct way of packing the pallets is not. Improperly packing your products is the main reason why clients end up with damaged goods, which makes it a priority for freight forwarder companies to properly understand how the pallets should be packed. Below are some tips that every individual handling shipping should be aware of:

Pack in the right order – if you were not aware of it already, products should be packed in a particular order, with the heaviest goods being on the bottom, and the lighter goods being on top. Making a mistake means your lighter goods will effectively be squashed under the weight of the heavier goods, so make sure to pack everything in descending order!

Utilize the full extent of the pallet – the export pallets are rectangular or square surfaces, and hopefully, so will be all of your goods. Unless you are dealing with heavy machinery or similar heavy shipments, chances are that the goods are by no means as large as the pallet itself. In such cases, it is extremely important to properly utilize the surface area of the pallet. Unless the products need to be kept on their correct side, feel free to rotate them. What you want to do is pack the goods in a way that a uniform block is made, with the goods reaching up to the very edge of each side of the pallet. This way, binding the goods is not only easier, but also more secure.

Use packing patterns for your goods – when positioning the goods on the pallets Melbourne, make sure to not follow the same stacking pattern, or you make it extremely easy for the binding to tear along these lines, and for the goods to fall apart. Instead, varied stacking patterns – as in how bricks are lined up in an interlocking pattern when building a wall – should be followed. There are different types of interlocking stacking patterns, but the gist is that there should be variation in order to avoid there being lines of weakness in the packing.

Avoid pyramid stacking – when it comes to stacking the products, make sure to not resort to haphazard stacking methods, such as the pyramid stacking, whereby you leave a product or two on top (in a way that resembles a pyramid). The binding will most definitely be weaker, and allow more space for the goods to move within, which helps weaken the binding further. If you end up with more goods, consider stacking them on a separate, smaller pallet instead.