Whether or not your shipment contains stackable freight is important to many factors that affect the freight shipping process. These factors can affect the price, trailer space used and overall shipment process. The current status of the transportation industry is making it extremely important to make sure you pay attention to the question, “To stack or not to stack?”
As capacity tightens in the industry, carriers are making sure they use all the trailer space in their trucks and essentially making freight fit where it shouldn’t sometimes. Because of this, many businesses and shippers are having problems with damaged freight. Carriers prefer to have clean stackable freight, which includes shipments that are wrapped and palletized, with no overhangs and are stackable. It makes it a lot easier on businesses and carriers to have clean stackable freight.
For example, if a customer has a 48x40x52 pallet, the pallet is non-stackable because of the height of the truck. If you turn that into two 48x40x26 pallets, the LTL freight carrier has more room to work with around your freight and you will hopefully avoid damages.
Crating your freight can drastically reduce damages because the freight packaging is much more durable and can withstand much more wear and tear in the shipping process. Placing packing peanuts in the crate can also decrease the risk of damages, while only minimally increasing the weight. For more tips or to find out if your shipment is stackable, contact LFS today.