Shipping Cargo Safely Thanks to Pallets

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Posted on 20th January 2014 – Shipping Vehicles


 

What is there not to like about pallets? Whether they are made of wood, plastic or metal, they provide a sturdy base for commercial goods and small items, are easy to move with lifting machinery thanks to their standardised sizes, and can also be used as a unit of measure, both for transport and sales purposes. While pallets made of wood have the slight drawback of needing to be fumigated for entry into some countries, and have a shorter life span than metal or plastic pallets, they are still cost effective.

Pallets are a favoured solution with manufacturers and freight-forwarders alike. What makes them so convenient is that they are ideal for shipping items that are oddly shaped or of different sizes. All that needs to be done is to shrink-wrap them on the pallet to obtain an easily movable unit. Not only does it keep the cargo protected from damage, and off the floor where it could get damp and dirty, but it also reduces the need for handling and makes it easier to keep track of them.

In addition, they are more durable than cardboard boxes and can take heavier items, and they can also be reused. So even if they require a heavier investment upfront, they will be more economical in the end. Despite their strength, they are relatively light and can be moved by a single person when empty, and can be stacked on their side, minimising floor space loss.

Last but not least, at the end of their productive life, pallets can be recycled and reused, whatever material they are made of, reducing waste. The slats in wooden pallets can be used for building, gardening and firewood, while plastic and metal can be melted and transformed into a myriad of useful objects.

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