What does the term loose-loaded mean?

Loose-loaded is non-palletized cargo
‘Loose-loaded’ simply means that goods (parcels, tyres, sacks etc) are stacked individually one on top of the other in a van or truck during transportation – as opposed to palletized, where the goods are placed on a pallet and wrapped in foil. If your business handles loose-loaded cargo, loading and unloading can be optimized by using a Telescopic Conveyor.

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Loose-loading is often used when goods are transported in a container. This is primarily to save on cost; when goods are placed on a pallet, the pallet itself takes up space inside the container. Sometimes the items to be transported have a size that doesn’t equate with the pallet cube size, so the cost of shipping is disproportionate. Although pallets have been in use since 1937 there is still a lack of standardisation, so when goods are sent from one continent to another it is often expedient to omit the pallet.

Loose-loaded cargo shouldn’t be confused with part-load cargo or LCL (Less than Container Load). Both these terms relate to freight cargo that needs to be handled manually, either because of the size/weight or because there simply isn’t enough of the cargo to fill a standard 33 m3/40 ft container. Much of this cargo is actually packed on pallets.

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