In order to correctly package your freight, you must know about the usage of crates and pallets. Crates are wooden containers used to organize freight while pallets are portable platforms used to package freight, and are often needed by carriers. The main advantages of using crates and pallets are to protect your shipment from damage, speed up the loading and unloading process and allow carriers to maximize space inside the trailer. Here we have mentioned some best techniques for packaging freight with both crates and pallets:
• Crates: Crates are the container used to organize and protect your freight. Place the fragile and non-fragile items into different crates to avoid parts of your shipments hitting or scratching each other during transit. For fragile items, cover them in a protective material (such as tissue paper or bubble wrap), fill each crate to the brim with that same material and leave no space for movement.
• Pallets: For the shipments of fragile or non-fragile items, wooden pallets are recommended the most. Mostly wooden pallets are preferred for freight shipping because pallets made of plastic or other materials often break and allow shipments to move during transit.
Start your packaging process by neatly arranging your entire shipment on a large enough pallet. The next step is to secure your shipment to the pallet by strapping or shrink wrapping your freight to the pallet’s forks.
There may be no clear way to estimate capacity shifts in the freight shipping industry, but knowing how to effectively package shipments will help keep your carriers happy and capacity available when it tightens.
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