Preparing pallets

How to ensure strength and stability

The perfect pallet isn’t just about stability and protection. Getting it right helps avoid additional costs. As our charges are based on a combination of weight and volume, anything that takes extra space or makes your pallet non-stackable could incur surcharges.

A guide to perfect pallets

1. Stack in columns

Columns ensure maximum stacking strength. If the contents are rigid, you can use 'bricklayer style' for increased stability.

2. Do not overhang

Items should fit squarely on the pallet, without hanging over the edge. Although we do accept overhanging pallets, shipments that fit on the pallet are preferred since this reduces risk of damage.

3. Keep it flat

A level top surface makes it strong, compact and stackable. Non-stackable pallets will incur a surcharge.

4. Strap it or wrap it

Use strapping and/or stretch wrapping to hold items in place on the pallet. Wrapping should include the pallet itself.

5. Label clearly

Pallets are stacked for transport, so labels need to be affixed to the side, not the top.

A perfect pallet

Take care when packing

Your packaging needs to meet our minimum requirements.