The primary reason that the shipping industry has to deny damage claims is that the pallet has not been prepared for shipping correctly. This is further exasperated when shipping an engine pallet delivery, oils and fluids can leak on to other cargo, which may result in unnecessary surcharges... So let's take a look at how we recommend that you prepare to send large motor parts on our engine courier pallet service.
Step 1 - Drain all fluids
Each component must be fully drain of all fluids including water. The collection driver may test this using a dipstick. If the driver discovers oil the consignment may be refused and a non-collection surcharge may apply.
Step 2 - Prevent Leakage
Place your engine on absorbent material, such as old carpet, before placing the engine on the pallet (following Step 3 - thoroughly shrink wrap the goods and pallet).
Step 3 - Position
Your engine or gearbox must me positioned centrally on the pallet. We recommend that you allow a minimum of 3 inch excess pallet area on all sides around the goods in case of movement and to prevent the goods from overhanging, as this would constitute a second pallet space charge.
Step 4 - Stabilize
Ensure as large as possible engine surface area makes contact with the pallet. Securely strap the engine to the pallet to prevent the engine from tipping and moving, which could present a risk of damage to your own and other cargo. We recommend ratchet straps or steel banding, employing at least two straps secured on top of small pieces of non slip material to minimise movement in transit.
Tip: Think about the engine pallet journey, your engine will be loaded and unloaded on several vehicles and pass through a regional depot to be sorted before it reaches its destination. Obviously, this process significantly increases the risk of damage to unsecured goods.
Note: The safest way to ship an engine is to place it inside a car tyre before shipping. Then ratchet strap the engine. This will make it much more secure