Organizing a transportation of pallets from location A to location B is a lot more complicated than it sounds. There are so many decisions to make, so many aspects to consider when trying to get you product at the right time to the right place, preferably as cheap as possible. Are you feeling overwhelmed? Do not worry! This guide will help you.
So, let’s start from the beginning. The term shipping freight refers to the transportation of larger quantities of products. Usually, these goods are either too large or too heavy to send via parcels, which is why, they need to be placed on pallets. How to organize such pallet shipments? Just follow these four steps.
Choosing the right pallet
First of all, you need to choose the pallet type for your transport. While the europallet is the most common one, there are also other options that might be a better fit to your freight. In the following table you can find a quick overview of the most important pallet types, their sizes and the maximum weight they can carry.
Size: 80×120 cm
Max. weight: 800 kg
Size: 100×120 cm
Max. weight: 1000 kg
Size: 80×60 cm
Max. weight: 300kg
Deciding on transport solution
The next step is to think about the shipping solution. In this step, you need to take several factors into account, such as type of freight, number of pallets, time frame, … There are many different options you could choose from, but for the sake of simplicity, we will focus on the two most significant ones: Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) and Full-Truckload (FTL).
Selecting the carrier
By now you should have made up your mind about the type of pallet you want to use, the volume of your shipment and the fitting transport solution. But how do you move your shipment from A to B? This is where a carrier comes into play. If your company already has a trusted transportation partner, you can contact them and place your order.
You do not have a partner, or your current carrier is not available, because you need to ship pallets spontaneously? Then you could profit from digital logistics platforms. Companies such Quicargo already have an extensive network of professional carriers. What does this mean exactly? They are able to find a carrier, who will meet your individual needs, so you do not need to search for a partner and worry about contracts and paperwork. Digital transportation companies offer an all-in-one solution, so the only thing you need to do is to place the order online and wait for your pallets to be picked up and delivered.
Last but not least: preparing your freight for the transportation
Before sending, it is important to properly prepare your shipment in such a way that they are resistant to bumpy rides. Otherwise, your goods can get damaged. It is also a possibility that the carrier refuses to load your pallets if they are not considered to be ready for transport. This will cost everybody time and money. All these scenarios can easily be avoided. Here are some tips for you:
Now your palletized freight is ready for shipping!