When to Ship a Pallet Instead of Multiple Packages?3 min read

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Whenever you have a few packages to send, you might as well consider shipping a pallet instead. Luckily, we are here to help you decide whether to ship a pallet or multiple packages within a single order.

First of all, there is a difference between package and pallet shipping. A package is usually a simple cardboard box that can be lifted easily, whereas a pallet can accommodate more boxes and thus, weighs much more. In many cases, however, you will be asked to request an individual offer for a bigger or heavier shipment.

When is it actually better to ship a pallet instead of multiple packages?  

When deciding whether you should ship a pallet or multiple packages, consider the size, weight and number of your shipments. In general, it is more expensive to ship a pallet than a single package. But, once you have more packages to send, it may actually become cheaper to place them on a pallet rather than sending a few boxes separately. For example, shipping 6 packages (up to 30kg each) from Portugal to Poland would cost you approx. 330 EUR, but shipping one pallet up to 240kg is roughly 199 EUR. Making a choice seems easier now, doesn’t it?

Apart from the lower price, palletised shipments do not get damaged, lost or delayed that easily. Contrary to small shipments, pallets are more secure, stable and easier to load. That’s why, it is always a better idea to ship a pallet with bulky, large and heavy items on top, instead of fitting them into single cardboard boxes.   ship a pallet

Sending multi-piece shipments

Palletising all your boxes definitely increases their protection. But in some cases, it may be easier to ship multi-piece shipments after all. Mostly because preparing a pallet for shipping is more complex than just packing your items into cardboard boxes. Usually, there is also a certain infrastructure or tools needed to collect a palletised shipment. Before you decide to ship a pallet, make sure it can be easily picked up with a bigger vehicle from your address.

Although multi-piece shipments are generally allowed, it is important to determine whether your parcels qualify as standard at all. Standard packages should be small enough to be easily handled without any special tools, which means they have to meet certain requirements. For example, when booking a standard shipping service with Eurosender, your parcel cannot exceed the following dimensions:

  • Weight up to 50 kg,
  • Maximum length of 175 cm,
  • Length (in cm) + 2x width (in cm) + 2x height (in cm) < 300 cm (length plus two times width plus two times height should be less than 300 cm or 3 m altogether).

If your shipment is going to be bigger or heavier, then you should consider shipping a pallet instead. Remember that when consolidating all your packages, the whole shipment will head into the same direction. If your parcels have a different addressee, you should ship them separately (read more about sending multiple packages here).

Whether you choose to ship a pallet or multiple packages, you can find instant quotes for both on our platform. Shipping a standard EU pallet has never been easier, so why not give it a try? 

Last modified: May 23, 2018

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