What’s the best way to ship pallets in Australia?
The “best” way to ship a pallet depends on various factors such as distance, urgency, and the type of goods you are shipping. Using the One World Courier Freight Management Platform means it’s easy to create instant pallet quotes from our multiple carriers. Whether it’s a fast pallet from Sydney to Melbourne, 10 pallets from Brisbane to Cairns, or a pallet of urgent equipment from Perth to New York, get fast pallet quotes, make a booking and let One World Courier take care of the rest.
Here are some general steps for shipping a pallet in Australia:
- Choose the Right Pallet: Ensure that you use a pallet that is suitable for the goods you are shipping in terms of dimensions and weight capacity.
- Secure the Goods: Stack your items securely and evenly on the pallet and use shrink wrap, straps, or bands to secure the goods to the pallet.
- Label Properly: Clearly label the pallet with shipping information, any special handling instructions, and contact details. Sending pallets through One World Courier is easy, plus all shipping labels are created within the system and are specific to each carrier. You’ll never have to worry about properly labelling palletised freight again.
- Choose a Carrier: Select a reliable carrier that specialises in pallet shipments and has good rates and delivery timelines. This is why we built the One World Courier Freight Management Platform, where carefully selected freight carriers offer pallet freight services to just about any destination in Australia – and across the world.
- Get Quotes: Before deciding on who will pick up and deliver your goods, of course it best to get multiple quotes to find the carrier that can carry the goods as well as meet your shipping budget and delivery time frame. Our Freight Management Platform was built around quoting functionality, because we know this is the first step to a successful shipping operation. Choice is a wonderful thing, and we put this firmly in the hands of our customers. Depending on your pallet shipping requirements, there can be dozens of quotes to review and select. Choosing the best pallet freight quote means many things to different people. Some customers like to use the same carrier, regardless of price, whereas others are more price conscious or have an urgent need to get that pallet to it’s destination as fast as possible.
- Book and Track: Once you’ve chosen a carrier, you’ll book the shipment and track it until delivery. Now that seems pretty obvious to most people, however, what’s involved in the booking process, how do you pay for the shipping? What support do you have if you need help along the way? What about insurance and warranty in case of accidental damage to the good whilst in transit? Who will track the goods, and what level of tracking are you expecting? Regular email updates, website tracking or SMS updates? One World Courier pallet services include all of this as standard, including account managers who are constant contact with our carriers and will make sure your pallets are always on the move and heading to their destination on time.
Is it better to ship goods as pallets instead of loose cartons?
Yes, it’s better to ship larger quantities on a pallet because goods on pallets offer many advantages in terms of easier handling, reduced damage risks, and potentially lower shipping costs per unit. However, pallets can also add to the overall weight and may not be ideal for smaller quantities. With this in mind, we built in an easy way to compare quotes using pallets and also separate smaller units of cartons or boxes. This functionality makes it easy for customers to create and save quotes, then compare and finally select the best option.
Is it cheaper to ship boxes or a pallet?
As we said before, the cost-effectiveness of shipping boxes versus pallets depends on various factors, such as the number of boxes being sent, the contents of the boxes, the distance from pickup to delivery, and the different prices carriers charge per kg. In general, for larger quantities, it may be cheaper to ship a pallet because it allows for easier and quicker handling and can offer lower rates per unit weight. Another consideration when shipping pallets is to remember that pallets are heavy and can be loaded and unloaded off trucks using a tail lift and pallet jack, or a forklift.
How much does an Australian wooden pallet weigh in kg?
The weight of a wooden pallet can vary depending on its size and the type of wood used. However, a standard wooden pallet as used in Australian pallet shipping usually weighs between 15 to 25 kg.
What size is a pallet shipping?
The standard size for an Australian shipping pallet is 1200mm x 1000mm, which is consistent with international standards. There are also other sizes available depending on your specific needs. Some pallets can be be 2 or 3 metres long and wider than 1200mm, depending on the items being shipped.
What’s the difference between a pallet and a skid?
The main difference between a pallet and a skid lies in the construction underneath. The skid does not have a bottom deck, whereas the pallet does. Producing skids can be cheaper than building pallets, which is also why they are popular. Typically, with a skid, ‘feet’ or ‘pedestals’ provide support under the loading deck. On the other hand, when we look at a pallet, there are three or four stringers stretching in both directions across the length of the pallet to provide strength and support. Pallets are also easier to move by forklift, however, because of the bottom deck, they can be more difficult to drag into place. However, the bottom deck of a pallet makes it easier to stack, especially when stacking multiple pallets on top of one another.
How many pallets can fit in a shipping container?
Oftentimes, pallets can be loaded into a container when shipping from overseas or even by rail across Australia, as is the case with Sadieurs Transport, a One World Courier freight partner specialising in East <-> West coast Australian freight operations. Back to how many pallets can fit into a shipping container. The number of pallets that can comfortably fit into a shipping container varies depending on the size of the container and the size of the pallets. Here are some general guidelines:
- 20-foot container: Can typically fit 10-11 standard pallets in one tier. Remembering a standard 20-foot container measures 5.898m long x 2.352m wide x 2.393m high, with an average payload capacity of 25,000kg ad an internal volume capacity of about 33.2 CBM (M3)
- 40-foot container: Can typically hold 21-24 standard pallets in one tier and measures 2.352 wide x 2.395 high x 12.01 long, with an average payload of 39,000kg (approx) and a cubic volume capacity of around 68 CBM (M3).
The Ultimate Guide to Pallet Shipping: What You Need to Know
Shipping goods can be a complex process, especially if you’re dealing with multiple items or bulky, heavy materials. If you’re looking to get your goods from Point A to Point B safely and cost-effectively, this guide is for you.
Key Takeaways for Pallet Shipping
Let’s consider the key points when deciding which service or carrier to use to pick up and deliver your pallets.
Shipping via pallets can be very cost-effective, particularly for bulky or multiple items. One World Courier pallet freight partners offer competitive rates through our multi-carrier freight management platform. Prices can be very low, especially when shipping a a single per pallet.
When it comes to pallet sizes, you’re not always restricted to a one-size-fits-all solution because there are some variations in pallet sizes to cater for different types of goods, of all shapes, sizes and weights.
The turnaround time for delivering pallets can be surprisingly quick, especially if you opt for a One World Courier pallet freight service that specialises in fast and timely deliveries of business-critical palletised freight.
Customer ratings can be a useful guide to the reliability of a service. Higher ratings generally suggest a reliable and trusted service, although when choosing a carrier, for the most part, deliveries are on-time and without issue. It pays to consider some of the incidents which could hamper deliveries, such as traffic, adverse weather conditions and personnel challenges most businesses face in Australia. With anything in life, it pays to put yourself in other people’s shoes and have a bit of compassion here and there. Remember, most freight providers face the same challenges, so swapping providers has no guarantee of a better service or delivery outcome. Stick with what you know and trust in your own gut as to which provider works best for your needs.
Domestic vs. Interstate
Whether you’re shipping within the state or interstate, there are so many carriers and shipping options available. Most pallet freight partners of One World Courier provide fast and reliable local and interstate shipping, with overnight, next day and even same-day delivery in selected metro and regional areas.
Pallet Freight Quotes
For those who prefer a quick and straightforward process, online pallet quotes are what we do best. Within a few clicks, you could have an estimated cost for your pallet shipping needs. See a range of multiple carriers costs and ETA’s. Save quotes for later and make a booking when you’re ready. All quotes can be converted to a booking, although, don’t leave it too long, because pallet delivery schedules could change owing to demand. It’s always best to create a quote, choose the best pallet price and delivery option and make a booking.
Freight Warranty and Insurance.
Protecting your goods whilst in transit.
One of the biggest concerns when sending pallets is whether the goods will arrive in the same condition as they were when it left the pickup location. The nature of pallet freight and the fact most of it is manually loaded onto trucks with forklifts and pallet jacks. This is one of the best advantages of palletised freight, because it is strong and robust, as well as being easy to move. Although, it pays to be aware that from time to time, the pallets can be subjected to a bit of ‘rough and tumble’ ow and again. That’s why every pallet booking made through One World Courier pallet service is automatically protected with $250 AUD of warranty, in case any damage occurs. For more sensitive and valuable goods being shipped on a pallet, affordable insurance can be the preferred option. Find out more about Warranty and Insurance options when sending pallet freight in Australia.
As always, one of the biggest considerations in life is making a decision to purchase a product or service and feeling assured you are covered if anything goes wrong, and you can talk to a human who has the skill and temperament to actually help solve any issues or challenges. This is why unlimited customer support is available to all One World Courier customers via phone, email, SMS and live chat through the freight management portal.
Every enquiry you make is received and assigned to one of the One World Courier customer support teams. Whether it’s a pickup status update or tracking a shipment, help and support is always close at hand, and you’ll always receive helpful, swift and professional service. This support ensures that you can resolve any issues or get answers to your questions promptly.