If you’ve got boxes to ship, you’re going to need to palletize them, and if you need freight palletized, then you’re going to need to do it yourself. Trucking companies don’t palletize freight on behalf of their customers, so you will need to know how to palletize boxes yourself. As a shipper, it is your responsibility to prepare your boxes for shipment, so you need to learn how to do it right.
The best way to learn how to palletize boxes is to just jump in and try it. There are several best practices that you can incorporate into your strategy too, such as adding slip sheets between layers or reinforcing the corners with cardboard. The more you do it, the better you’ll get, but you don’t want to use that as an excuse to mess up in the beginning when your freight depends on it.
If you have a lot of boxes to ship, then palletizing them can be a good idea for more than one reason. First of all, palletizing your boxes keeps them all together, so you won’t have to worry about a box getting misplaced or lost. It’s much harder to lose an entire pallet than it is to lose one little box. In addition to that, it also keeps the boxes secure and protected, so they are less likely to get damaged.
Not only does palletizing your freight make it easier to keep track of, but it also makes it much easier to move and store in larger quantities. If you had 20 boxes that had to be moved, that would take a long time to load, unload, and handle in general. It would take 20 times as long as if you were moving one, consolidated box. If your freight is on a pallet, it can all be moved for a fraction of the effort in a fraction of the time.
Finally, a palletized shipment is easier to store, since they are compact and can be stacked on top of one another. Because of that, they save space in warehouses and trucks.
To learn more about the benefits of palletizing, check out our article 8 Advantages of Palletization: A Blissful and Easy Way to Ship.
The number of boxes that will fit on a pallet depends entirely on the size of the boxes you need to ship. Standard pallets have specific height and weight restrictions that limit their capacity, so even if you theoretically could stack more on a pallet, it might end up being unsafe to move.
Standard pallets are typically 48” by 40”, but they can come in many different sizes. Other common sizes are 42” by 42”, or 48” by 48”. However, they can get much larger than that. Communicate with your transportation partner to make sure you are selecting the correct size pallet, since some companies could refuse to move pallets of the wrong size.
Standard pallets should never exceed 77 inches, including the height of the pallet itself. In addition, it should never be heavier than 4,600 pounds, so make sure that you keep these two measurements in mind when you are trying to determine how many of your boxes to put on a pallet.
Anyone can simply stack boxes on a pallet and call it a day, but there are a few best practices that you can utilize to add strength and stability to your palletized freight. Here’s a complete breakdown of the step-by-step process that will yield the best results:
You may find scenarios in which you'll have to comply by with specific pallet requirements. If you'd like to learn more, we have articles on what you need to know when shipping pallets internationally.
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