Your items must be able to withstand being dropped or tipped over, being impacted by other heavy items whilst in transit, being fork-lifted on and off vehicles.
To prevent damage in transit, it is essential you package your goods correctly as listed below.
CARTONS: Help keep loose items together and protects your freight.
PALLETS: Provide stability and makes handling easier.
CRATES: Provide solid walls for your freight that are also able to bear weight.
SKIDS: Provide security for unusually shaped loads and the ability to easily forklift the load on and off the vehicle.
How To Pack Pallets
- It is essential that the weight of all the items on the pallet is evenly distributed and that freight does not hang over the edges of the pallet.
- We also recommend shrink wrapping your palletised freight as it lowers the risk of items being separated and also provides a smooth surface for labels.
- Banding or strapping to bind bundles are also methods of keeping items together.
Interior Protective Packaging
You must use some type of interior protective packaging materials or forms within the container. This is to:
- Cushion the contents from shock/vibration —> foam sheets, padding
- Brace contents in position to reduce movement within the container —> foam sheets, air bubble sheeting
- Fill any gaps remaining —> newspaper, moulded pulp, inflatable air bags
- Protect surfaces from damage —> air bubble sheeting, paper tissue, polyurethane foam
- Protect contents from corrosion —> desiccants and vapour corrosion inhibitors
- Protect from electro-static discharge using modified versions of packaging materials —> foam sheets, air bubble sheeting, polystyrene, expanded beads etc.
- Protect contents from temperature extremes —> polyurethane foam, air bubble sheeting, foam sheets etc.
Packing Different Types of Items
Small items can be packed in cartons and should include extra packaging inside to eliminate movement within the carton.
Machinery & Equipment
Cartons may be used if the total weight is less than 25 kilograms; otherwise, a pallet or skid is necessary. Each item needs to be drained of all fluids/oils before packaging. A crate or similar external protection is important. You’ll be shipping with other heavy items and you want to prevent bumps and scrapes in transit.
Flatpack furniture can be easily damaged in transit
When shipping fragile and very long freight, that the items are bundled together and then packaged on a skid or pallet. Putting long-items onto a pallet allows the freight to be properly loaded and unloaded with a forklift. Placing the items in a crate means the items won’t be damaged if your items are not top loaded.
You need to take extra special care of fragile and valuable items!
Each individual item should be wrapped in newspaper/tissue paper that protects the freight from damages. The prepared item should then be placed into an inner container, and in turn, this inner container should be placed into a corrugated cardboards outer container.
Bubble wrap around the inner container is useful in eliminating movement and protecting the freight. It is also recommended to use FRAGILE tape as a highlighter.
We can also arrange a VIP carrier to take your goods on air ride trucks, provide professional packing services and much more.