Why Use Pallets to Ship Cargo
Posted on January 15, 2014
For commercial goods, pallets have established themselves as the preferred method to package cargo, and are used by many manufacturers and freight-forwarders. Made of wood, plastic or metal, they are sturdy and very practical for both buyers and sellers, as they can also serve as a unit of measure, with products purchased and sold ‘by the pallet’.
This is not the only advantage they present. What has made them so popular is how much easier transporting goods is with pallets. Numerous smaller items of all shapes can be shrink-wrapped and stacked together on a single one of them, reducing handling, making it simpler to keep track of the shipment, as well as protecting it from damage. Pallets also keep their content off the ground, ensuring that it remains dry and clean during transport and storage. As they come in standardised sizes, they are compatible with forklifts and other loading equipment.
Pallets are stronger than plastic wrappers and cardboard boxes, and can take heavier items without breaking down. Despite this, surprisingly, they are comparatively light, light enough for a single person to carry, making it child’s play to move them around when they are empty. They also take up little space, and can be stacked and stored in warehouses without monopolising too much floor space.
Last, pallets are a sustainable solution as they can be reused and recycled, whether they are made of wood, plastic or metal. Wooden pallets have the drawback of needing fumigation to be allowed into certain countries, and they will wear down more quickly than metal or plastic, but they are still a cost-effective option.
At the end of their life, the slats can be used for construction, composting, mulching and even firewood, while plastic and metal pallets can be melted down and recast.
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