Self Packing your own pallet for International Moving


Some of our customers may be able to pack your own pallet to save money and help eliminate any volume discrepancies. This is something that is achievable provided you can get the materials needed and you can have the pallet in a location that is accessible to a large Semi truck with a liftgate and pallet jack.


Here are instructions on how to find pallets and how to pack boxes onto a pallet, as well as how to strap and shrink-wrap them for secure international moving:

  1. Finding Pallets:
    • Contact local businesses such as warehouses, factories, or distribution centers. They often have surplus pallets they are willing to give away or sell at a low cost.
    • Check online platforms like Craigslist, Freecycle, or local classified ads where people often offer pallets for free or at a reduced price.
    • Reach out to shipping companies or logistics providers. They may have pallets available for purchase or rent.
  2. Packing Boxes onto a Pallet:
    • Select sturdy boxes suitable for international shipping. Ensure that they are in good condition and can withstand the weight and handling during transportation.
    • Place heavier boxes on the bottom layer of the pallet to create a stable base.
    • Stack boxes in a stable manner, ensuring they are aligned with the edges of the pallet to maintain balance.
    • Distribute weight evenly across the pallet, placing heavier items towards the center and lighter items towards the edges.
    • Fill any gaps between boxes with packing material, such as bubble wrap or foam, to prevent movement and provide cushioning.
  3. Securing the Pallet:
    • Use sturdy strapping bands made of polyester or polypropylene to secure the boxes to the pallet. Place the straps vertically around the stacked boxes at regular intervals.
    • Tighten the straps to ensure a snug fit but avoid over-tightening, which could damage the boxes or compress the contents.
    • For additional security, wrap the entire pallet with stretch or shrink wrap. Start at the base and work your way up, ensuring complete coverage.
    • Apply multiple layers of shrink wrap, especially around the corners and edges, to provide extra protection.
  4. Safety Precautions:
    • Wear appropriate personal protective equipment, such as gloves when handling pallets, boxes, straps, and shrink wrap.
    • Use proper lifting techniques to avoid strain or injury. Lift with your legs and seek assistance for heavy or bulky items.
    • Ensure the pallet is stable and balanced before moving it. Test its stability by gently shaking or tilting it.
    • Follow any specific guidelines or regulations provided by your shipping company or international movers regarding pallet dimensions, weight restrictions, or packing requirements.

Remember to consult with East Coast Shipping shipping for any specific guidelines or requirements they may have regarding packing and securing pallets for international moving. Also some destination may require the pallets to be heat treated or ISPM stamped. ISPM15 stamp and certification is a program specifically created for solid wood packaging material.



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