Wooden Pallets or Crates: Which one is best for you?

December 7, 2017
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While there are several packaging options for shipping various products, not all are suitable for each. There are various reasons for the choice you make, including the type of products, the location, the level of security, your budget, etc.

That's why wood packaging becomes one of the most suitable solutions. Durable, economical and easy to use, wooden crates and pallets have many advantages. In this article, learn the difference between the two to help you make an informed decision when shipping or storing your goods.

Wooden Pallets

When shipping items in bulk, wooden pallets are your best choice. They are sturdy and resistant, making them ideal for shipping abroad. They can also support a lot of weight.

Since they are completely customizable, wooden pallets can be used to carry a full range of materials. Compared to other shipping options such as shrink wrapping, wooden pallets are safer and are less likely to cause spills.

Additionally, wooden pallets can be moved quickly by one person on a forklift or pallet jack, minimizing exposure to injuries.

Corrugated pallets, in particular, are lighter weight than all other options, which makes them the ideal solution to save on shipping costs.

To top it off, pallets are made from wood scraps and can be reused many times. They correspond perfectly to environmental standards.

Wooden Crates

Wooden crates come in several options and vary in sizes depending on their intended purpose. There are frame crates designed for shipping heavy objects, open crates that provide ventilation to keep food fresh and closed crates to secure objects while shipping.

Oftentimes, wooden crates are used for packaging fragile or lightweight items and items that will be stored for an extended period of time. Wooden crates are more secure compared to their pallet counterparts, which is why they are used to ship and store valuables.

When shipping internationally, wooden crates offer flexibility even for small quantities.

  • Heavier items can be placed on the bottom while lighter ones on the top.
  • The crate is filled to capacity to avoid shifting of the enclosed products during transit.
  • Using cushioning packaging materials to fill any excess space when the crate is not filled to capacity to avoid product movement. 

Wooden crates and pallets are advantageous packaging for transporting various products. Since the material used is wood, certain standards and regulations must be respected. Herwood has been working in this field since 1945 and can guide you in the choice of wooden packaging that best suits you. For more information, contact us today!

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