How to Pack Pallets For Shipping to Mexico
Mexico is quickly becoming one of the first-choice destinations for American exporters, particularly because of the country’s expanding middle class and growing economy. With so many reasons to export across the border, the question isn’t why ship your goods, the question is how.
One popular, cost-effective and efficient way to transport goods is pallet shipping. Pallet shipping is a type of freight shipping in which multiple items are loaded on to a flat structure, known as a pallet, and secured together using banding and a type of stretch wrap. This particular method of shipping is especially useful when shipping multiple items long distances, as it ensures that the items stay together during transport and protects against damage. There are several steps to take to ensure that your pallet is packed correctly for safe and efficient shipping to Mexico.
Pick Your Pallet
The first step in exporting goods to Mexico using a pallet is deciding which type of pallet to use. Pallets are made out of a number of different materials, including wood and plastic. Although both materials have advantages and disadvantages, wooden pallets should be used when shipping internationally. In addition to several codes restricting plastic pallets in international shipping, wooden pallets allow for heavier loads and are less expensive. When choosing a wooden pallet, it’s important to select one that is sturdy enough to handle your shipment. Pallets should be large enough to fit the entire shipment without overhang, and you should never exceed the capacity of your pallet. Additionally, all the boards in wooden pallets should be intact, and there should be no protruding nail heads. To improve handing and reduce damage to the pallet, choose one with a four-way forklift entry.
Stack Your Pallet
The next step in packing your pallet for shipment to Mexico is to stack your items on the pallet. The most effective way to stack a pallet is to align the boxes in columns, corner to corner, which provides the most packing strength. Corners should not be aligned over the spaces between pallet deck boards, and should not extend over pallet edges. To prevent against damage, keep the top layer flat, and stack heavier items on the bottom and lighter items on top. Additionally, placing cardboard or a slip sheet underneath the load and between every third layer will help distribute the shipment’s weight evenly, and will provide protection against the forklift.
Secure the Shipment
It’s important to properly secure the shipment to the pallet to reduce movement in transit and prevent against damage. First, the shipment should be banded or strapped together to ensure that the items are secured to the pallet. The items should then be wrapped several times in stretch plastic wrap, to guarantee that no items become separated during transport.
Label Your Shipment
The last step in packing your pallet for shipping to Mexico is to label the shipment. Each shipment should include the phone number and address of the shipper and consignee. Additionally, wood packing restrictions, or ISPM 15 rules, apply to pallet shipping to Mexico, and all wood packaging must be ISPM 15 compliant. Compliant packages will be marked with the IPPC symbol.
When packing your pallet it is important to note that some shippers do not accept double length pallets up to 96-inches. Typically, pre-authorization is required for a freight that exceeds any of the following:
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