In order to ship many pallets to the same location, you would essentially schedule a Full Truck Load (FTL) delivery. The name came from the fact that your pallets would fill a complete trailer. Full truck loads typically contain 26 conventional full pallets, but if your goods are stacked onto smaller pallets, such as a half pallet, this number may be higher.

How Many Number Of Pallets Do Less Than Truckload Have?

A less than a truckload (LTL) shipment can contain one to six pallets. When using LTL, the truck is shared by several distinct clients and their pallets, which are all transported to various destinations nearby

What is the right pallet size?

Consider your items’ measurements before choosing the optimal pallet size; for guidance, you can refer to the pallet size guide if available. The dimensions of the pallets that most freight firms provide vary, based on the regions to which your goods will be shipped. However, mostly the standard pallet size is 48″x 40″. In addition to the standard pallet size, 48′′x 48′′ is the second most popular shipping pallet size. This pallet, which is frequently found in many international warehouses, can also sometimes be referred to as a standard.

Below are the number of standard pallets (48″x 40″) in different types of trucks:

53-foot trailer: 30 pallets 

16-foot box truck: 6 pallets

48-foot trailer: 24 pallets

24-foot truck: 12 pallets

45-foot cube container: 24 – 26 pallets

40-foot container: 20 pallets

Number of pallets in FTL vs LTL

The quantity of pallets you want to ship determines whether you should ship FTL or LTL. LTL requires you to share the truck with other clients who are shipping fewer pallets as you are. This adds up to a full load, and the driver will stop at various locations en route to deliver your products. The majority of LTL trucks are roughly 96 inches wide. This means that the vehicle can accommodate two standard-sized pallets placed side by side. Additionally, it permits the loading of somewhat larger pallets—up to 48′′ × 48′′—side by side as well. FTL, on the other hand, just has one client and one truck. You can typically ship about 26 regular complete pallets at once for FTL deliveries. Depending on the size of the pallets, the maximum number may be higher in some shipments.

What is the cost of sending a pallet?

You will pay a spot rate if you are shipping a one-time shipment. However, you can negotiate a contract rate if you intend to employ the same freight firm for multiple consignments. Since spot rates are determined based on current events, they are more volatile. However, if you decide on a contract, the business you choose will attempt to keep costs somewhat more stable. The price of sending palletized freight varies according to the pallet’s weight and size, and the distance traveled by the driver to deliver your items. Furthermore, the costs also vary depending on the commodities you are shipping. For instance, there are separate prices for chemicals, medications, and refrigerated commodities because they need specialized equipment and vehicles to deliver and may pose serious risks. The final price will vary depending on the freight company you select. If you add any other services before paying; doing so will result in a minor price rise. Mostly, post-codes determine the prices and therefore, each quotation is different.

Methods of loading pallets

Traditional Method: In stacks of 20, the pallets are loaded into the trailer facing forward. A typical trailer can hold 520 pallets when 13 stacks of 20 pallets are placed side by side.

Single-Pinwheel Method: In this case, a trailer may accommodate a maximum of 28 stacks of pallets, each stack standing 22 pallets tall. 22 pallets per stack into 28 stacks is 616 pallets. At least half of the load must be 4-sided pallets for this to work because one row is stacked in an odd direction.

Double-Pinwheel Method: By loading every pallet sideways, you can have 30 stacks, each containing 22 pallets. 22 pallets times 30 stacks is 660 pallets.

Flatbed Trailer: This layout allows for up to 756 pallets to fit within a 53-foot trailer. 21 pallets each stack multiplied by about 36 stacks is 756.

Why are pallets important?

Logistic providers only approve goods when they are secured by a pallet. Even if the things you are transporting are small and well-packaged, they still need to be secured by a pallet that must be of the right size. Pallets serve to keep the commodities together until they arrive at the delivery location and provide additional protection during transit.

Where can I buy pallets?

You can get a pallet from nearby stores if you don’t have one. Pallets can also be found online on platforms such as Amazon and others. We advise purchasing 4-way pallets that permit access from both sides because these are simpler to load onto delivery vans and move around warehouses.

What is an oversized pallet?

Many logistic suppliers can deliver oversized pallets in addition to full, half, and quarter pallets. Oversized pallets have a maximum height of 2.2 meters and dimensions of 2.4 meters by 1 meter. An oversized pallets cost slightly more because they are significantly larger than a typical full pallet. Additionally, you have to make arrangements for a forklift to pick up and deliver oversized pallets this also increases the cost.

What to do with empty pallets?

It’s possible that you won’t always have a way to keep or get rid of the empty pallets. If you don’t have a place to store them or dispose of them, pallets can be taken by the logistic provider who delivered your products. They will load the empty pallet back onto the delivery van as soon as you have finished unloading your cargo and will also take care of disposing of it for you. All you need to do is notify them in advance of the time you need them to return with the pallets and that you have a prompt method of unloading your items.

There is a nominal fee for this service, but it is dependent on how many pallets you want to be removed after the delivery; for example, if you only want one pallet taken away, there is no fee. But for the second pallet, there is a small additional charge because the delivery trailer still needs room for your empty pallets, thus this fee is charged for each extra pallet after the initial one.

What are Pallets Made up of?

Pallets are typically composed of wood or plastic; however, wood is far more prevalent. Pallets made of plastic are more durable but also more expensive. Most people merely choose the less expensive wood version of the conventional pallet and recycle them when they get worn out or damaged because they spend so much time being jostled, moved by forklifts, and resting in hot truck interiors. Pallets are typically sturdy and durable for more than just one or two shipments. Therefore, many companies repurpose the pallets they get from prior shipments by unpacking their cargo and repacking it on the same pallet with different items.

Some tips regarding pallet

  • you have chosen the appropriate pallet size for your commodities before placing your order.
  • To ensure that your items are picked up or delivered on schedule to the appropriate location, each pallet must comply with the given specifications.
  • Always double-check the pallet size you chose when scheduling your delivery of pallets before completing your purchase.
  • Always double-check your pallet’s dimensions before booking it. Sometimes the sizes have slightly different dimensions, therefore, it is good to check in advance to avoid any problems.
  • Always give pallet and wrap service requires 24 hours of notice because it is difficult to wrap items on short notice.
  • A 24 hours’ notice is needed in order to shrink wrap and fasten your commodities to a pallet. This enables us to figure out how much shrink wrap is required to completely cover your pallet.
  • It is always recommended to prevent overhanging (on any of the edges) because overhanging increases the danger of damage to commodities during shipment. And there may be additional charges and delays if your shipment does hang over the pallet.

Last words

Lastly, in this blog, we tried to explain how less-than-truckload shipments are handled differently from full truckload shipments, as well as provide some more information on shipment sizes. Because of a lot of unloading and reloading that occurs at various sites, an LTL consignment is vulnerable to damage whether you utilize enough protective packing or not.

For major businesses or frequent bulk buyers and sellers, a full truckload delivery is the most economical and safest option. All Modes Transportation and Logistics provides the best full truckload (FTL) services in the town at the most suitable prices. These prices are reasonably determined according to your post code and the size of the pallet you are sending — quarter, half, full, or oversized.