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Stackable pallets and parcels

A surcharge usually applies for pallets (and sometimes parcels) that are deemed “non-stackable”. This means the shipment cannot be stacked due to the shape, contents or packaging of your goods.

Non-stackable items are costly for couriers as they lead to difficulties when transporting large numbers of shipments. It’s the same reason we use standardised shipping containers when transporting freight.

Which couriers apply the surcharge?

For DHL and TG Express, there is a surcharge for non-stackable pallets. Any pallet in a shipment can be deemed non-stackable due to its packaging, content or shape, or if it is marked with DO NOT STACK instructions.

TNT apply a surcharge for any non-stackable piece, which means any parcel or pallet that cannot be stacked or put in a cage due its shape, contents or packaging.

For TG International, there is a surcharge for any piece, skid or pallet that cannot be stacked due to its shape, contents or packaging.

Please see our surcharges page for the most up-to-date list.

How to pack so they can stack

There are some simple rules for helping to ensure stackability. This is in addition to the general packaging guidance that applies for any kind of shipment.

Stackable pallets

  1. Stack in even columns to increase the strength and stability of your consignment.

    Stack your goods in columns How not to stack your goods
  2. Make sure items don’t hang over the edge of the pallet but fit squarely.

    Pack your items squarely Items should not overhang the pallet
  3. Ensure you have a flat and level top surface that is strong enough to support stacking.

    Ensure you have a flat top surface The top surface should not be uneven
  4. Use strapping and stretch wrapping to hold items in place. Wrap around the pallet as well as the items.

    Use strapping and stretch wrapping Items should not be loose on the pallet

Irregular items

  1. Heavy tubes should be strapped to a pallet, following the rules above. For light tubes, use a triangular shipping tube for packaging.

    Strap heavy tubes to a pallet
  2. Any large unpackaged items should be strapped to your pallet and then covered with a protective wooden frame or overturned box.

    Don't leave large unpackaged items exposed Use a protective frame or overturned wooden box
  3. Wrap any sharp items in protective padding. Edges should not protrude.

    Wrap any sharp items in protective padding Edges should not protrude

Non-stackable pieces

  1. Use a clear DO NOT STACK label or cone if your parcel/pallet is non-stackable.

    Use DO NOT STACK labels Use DO NOT STACK cones
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