A number of shipping companies are exporting products via plastic pallets, and there are many benefits to doing so. Plastic pallets, unlike many wooden models, are nestable. This means that the pallets will stack nicely together when not being used, which will save space.
The downside to this is that because plastic pallets are manufactured by different companies, they will not necessarily stack together. This is why it is best to purchase pallets from the same manufacturer.
Plastic pallets are also popular because they're stack-able. These are pallets that contain supports on the bottom which allow them to be placed above another pallet, while providing stability. This is important when the pallets are being moved, as it reduces or eliminates the chance of them falling over, which poses a risk to both the products contained on the pallets and the personnel who handle them.
The Growing Popularity of Rackable Pallets
Rackable pallets are seeing increased use in long distance transport, because they are designed to be capable of handling specific weights within open racks. The open rack will use a bar in the front and one in the back with nothing in the center. Rackable plastic pallets also work well with edge racks which require the pallet to be supported by multiple edges.
All plastic pallets can be used to export goods, but the majority of companies will pick the cheapest pallet for securely holding the shipment. However, it is wiser to consider the cost of the goods contained by the pallet, as opposed to the pallet itself. For example, placing a shipment worth $30,000 on top of a pallet that costs $10 is penny wise but pound foolish. While it is certainly true that plastic pallets cost more than traditional wooden ones, there are good reasons for this.
Wooden pallets require heat treating, while plastic pallets don't. Wooden pallets must also be time stamped, and the company personnel must fill out paperwork confirming that their wooden pallets are in compliance with international regulations. When you calculate the time and expense needed to do this, you will realize that the true cost of using wooden pallets is actually higher than their plastic counterparts.
What are Custom Pallets?
If you're buying pallets for the first time, you'll notice that there are many sizes available, with some sizes being quite common. You may also find yourself with a shipment that requires a specific size, one not commonly available. This is where custom pallets come in handy.
Custom pallets don't require the creation of a mold, and can be designed in accordance with your exact specifications. Light or heavy duty plastic pallets can be custom made which will last for many years.
Pallet prices tend to fluctuate frequently. The reason for this is because the resin used in their construction is petroleum based, which means their pricing is indirectly influenced by global oil prices. Many pallets, especially plastic ones, are almost completely comprised of materials which have been recycled. This makes them environmentally friendly as they do not require the consumption of trees.