PREPPING AIR FREIGHT PALLETS – 6 COMMON MISTAKES TO AVOID
Pallets allow handling and shipping your products via air freight with shipping companies in Dubai in an easy way, same as for goods shipped via ocean freight. Moreover, freight placed on a pallet can be moved without touching the actual products, thus reducing the risk of damage.
Mistakenly prepping your palletized freight might place it at high risk during transit. To help reduce the possibility of damage to your products, we have compiled a list of the most common errors we see in palletized air freight. We will discuss a few solutions to help you avoid these mistakes. By going over with the below list you will set the stage to ensure your shipment reaches its destination in perfect condition and on time.
Mistake No 1: Over-packing Your Shipment
While scheduling your air freight shipments with a logistic company in Dubai, note that the weight and volume of your shipment will be determine by your carrier and charged depending on whichever is greater. Bottom line? Lighter freight will cost you less and over-packing will cost you more.
Mistake No 2: Pallet Overhang
When pack the items make sure to place them within the limits of the pallet. Avoid overhanging, where the products extend over the edge of the pallet. Overhanging creates two major problems which can cause damage during handling and transit:
- Exposure to impact: Keep in mind that carriers who move your products will place pallets next to each other in tight quarters. They will expect your products to remain within your pallet’s footprint. When they assemble and rearrange their cargo, any products that stretch past the pallet’s base will be subject to crushing, bumps, and impact from machinery surrounding the pallets.
- Structural stress: Boxes at its edges are the strongest. When boxes overhang a pallet it places additional stress on the opposite edge. It can also apply impact on a part of the package which is not intend to carry the load. As a result, overhanging boxes are likely to get crushed, especially if other pallets are loaded on top of yours.
Mistake No 3: Letting Goods Slip Below the Top Deck Board
Make sure to check that your freight does not hang over the pallet’s side, you also want to make sure that your products do not hang under the top deck boards. If your pallet is pick up at any point by a forklift. The forks may easily damage any products which have fallen between those boards.
Mistake No 4: Using the Wrong Type of Pallets
Many choices are available when you decide to buy pallets. The strongest pallets have the lowest deck boards for extreme stability. You might also want to consider four-way pallets when it comes to freight forwarding companies in Dubai, which enables them to be picked up from any direction. Space can be tight on an airplane. If your pallet can maneuvered from any side, it will be safer for your carrier to move your load. Thereby reducing the potential of mishandling damage.
Mistake No 5: Contributing to Broken Pallets
We have heard many stories about broken pallets that can be devastating for a shipment. While potentially damaging your cargo, broken pallets can seriously disrupt your shipment. Unfortunately, pallets can often get broken due to situations beyond your control, such as poor handling by a forklift driver.
Mistake No 6: Wrapping Your Pallets Incorrectly
It can be an easy way to stabilize the load by stretch wrapping your pallet. One of the biggest mistakes that we see shippers make, is neglecting to secure the load to the pallet first.
While air freight is subject to substantially less handling than ocean freight shipments, air freight cargo also needs security to ensure it arrives in excellent condition at its destination. Pallets can protect your shipments, as well as convenience and flexibility in carrying your cargo during its trip.
By inspecting your shipment for these mistakes, you can avoid the most common causes of damage to palletized air freight and make sure your products arrive in the best condition that your customers expect from you.
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