Set your cargo – Once you have inspected your pallet and have deemed it safe and free from damage, the next thing you should do is set down your cargo onto the pallet you are using. Make sure it is as square to the pallet as possible, with absolutely ZERO overhang! By setting your cargo this way, you help to ensure everything is level so that it doesn’t topple over and damage the contents of your pallet during transportation.
Lock the ratchet straps in place – To pack and secure a pallet, you will of course need ratchet straps. Assuming you have a set handy, run them underneath the pallet, and then over it, before locking it firmly in place. It should be locked firm, but there should still be a very small amount of free space to allow for packaging. Check the straps to ensure they are securely locked in place.
Package your pallet – Now for the fun part. It’s now time to package your pallet. Ideally you will want some form of bubble wrap or foam. Simply wrap your pallet with as much packaging as you can squeeze between the cargo and the straps. Don’t cut corners with your packaging as it is this which will help protect the pallet cargo from damage during transit, as well as from the weather. Try to cover every single square inch of your pallet to ensure that, should the pallet be exposed to rain, it won’t cause the contents inside to become wet.
Tighten the straps – Once you’ve wrapped the contents, pull the ratchet straps tight, but not too tight, otherwise you risk damaging your goods.
Cover in shrink wrap and label – Again, it’s time to use yet more shrink wrap. This time you should wrap the outside to add yet another layer of protection as the pallet prepares to make its journey to its new home. Once you’re happy you’ve added enough shrink wrap to protect the cargo, add a delivery address/shipping label etc, and you’re good to go.
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