It is very important that you secure the cargo to the pallet properly. In this video we show you how you can do it properly. Visit our Palletising Essentials page to buy ratchet straps, shrink wrap and locate a local pallet!
1) Source your pallet. There are pallets available in every town and city in Britain / Ireland! You will find them in industrial estates, with hardware merchants, at large shops and at farms. We have compiled a list of pallet distributors here if you would like to buy a pallet in your local area. However with a little bit of ingenuity a pallet is often attainable for free.
There are two sizes of pallets in circulation.
We work with standard pallets, 1 metre across x 1.2 metres deep x 2 metres high. These are larger than the other pallet which you may encounter; the Euro pallet.
A Euro pallet is also called a CEN pallet. It is widely used in many industries in Europe. It measures 0.8metres by 1.2metres. If you wish to use a Euro pallet it is no problem, it will be charged at the same rate as a standard pallet.
2) Set your cargo on the pallet, ensuring there is no overhang. Try to get it as square as possible to the pallet.
3) Put the ratchet straps under the pallet and over the load. Pull tight but leave a little room for cardboard or foam packaging. Strong rope may also be used.
4) Use as much packaging as you can between the straps and the load. This will reduce the risk of damage in transit. Cardboard, carpet, foam and bubble wrap are good packaging to use.
5) With packaging in place between the straps and the load, tighten the straps until they are tight and firm. Do not over-tighten as you can inflict damage to your goods!
6) Cover the load with shrink-wrap or simple cling film available in any supermarket if you don’t have access to shrink wrap. Wrapping the load will add protection and keep your precious goods safe as they journey all over the land and sea. Remember that you can buy ratchet straps and shrink wrap here.
7) Attach the delivery address to the pallet / load. This will help for obvious reasons….