Shipping Automotive Parts on Pallets


As a car collector or car shop owner you may need to send and receive car body parts many times throughout the year. You know that having knowledge and experience in this field can make the whole process easier. But, what if you don’t organise these kinds of transfers on a daily basis? What information would be most helpful for arranging a safe shipment?

With today’s European market so open and widely developed, you are now able to ship almost everything related to the automotive industry; from big engines to batteries and bumpers.

The most eco-friendly and economical way to do so, is to use pallets.

Correct Preparation

As car parts vary in size, shape and weight you should make safety your number one priority.

Imagine sending out an expensive engine that is then damaged during transport. Loss of money, wasted time and frustration can be avoided with a correct shipment preparation.

  1. Check all the elements


  • make a list of every single automotive part you want to send
  • place them on a safe surface and check their condition
  • make sure nothing is missing or damaged before placing them on a pallet

This is a quick add-on to your preparation but it may help you avoid many mistakes. It will also determine how many pallets you need to pack everything securely.

  1. Cleaning, draining and securing

Another very important step involves removing any excess grease or water. It will protect both your items and other goods packed in the same space from any sudden leakage or damage.

In addition, you can cover auto parts with absorbent fabric to remove any remaining liquids. To avoid damage or transport issues check all movable parts correctly. Use tape or separate bags to keep small items in one place and tighten all screws if they are loose.

  1. Standard requirements

When everything is ready, you can start fitting auto parts and securing them to the pallets. This step will probably take some time but it is essential to eliminating further problems.

  • Make sure that any sharp and protruding edges are secured and covered with protective material. You can use bubble wrap or any thick fabric for this purpose.
  • Double check that all items are positioned flat on a pallet and line up safely with the surface.
  • Place any additional small elements in cardboard boxes and wrap each one of them individually with shrink wrap before packing them on the pallet.
  • Choose the right pallet size for your shipment, as any overhanging parts risk damage.
  • Never overload one pallet and make it too heavy. Simply utilise an additional pallet.
  • In order to attach large auto parts correctly to the pallet, use specially designed ratchet straps or steel banding.

The idea is to make your delivery as safe and secure as possible. You can never really add too much protection.

Keep in mind that all shipping companies have their own requirements and rules when it comes to pallet shipment. Read through all information on the website and ask as many questions as needed to ensure you comply with all standards.