Photo: Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue, 2006.
Palletization of the Contents of a Floor Loaded Container
Depending on the pallet configuration, 4 to 12% of the
container floor space can be lost if pallets are used. Thus,
containers used to carry retail goods are often "floor loaded"
to maximize the available volume, since in the case of light
commodities (e.g. electronics) the container will "cube out"
before "weighting out". For the final delivery, this often
requires the palletization of the container's contents through
various systems, most labor intensive. The pallets can then be
loaded into trucks for final delivery to stores or regional
warehouses. Palletization is also convenient because of
different pallet size standards, such as the North American
pallet (1016mm x 1219mm) and the European pallet (1000mm x
1200mm or 800mm x 1200mm). The cargo can thus be assembled
depending on the most efficient local load unit. On the above
photos, the floor loaded contents of a maritime container are
being manually unloaded, placed on a conveyor and then on an
European pallet (1000mm x 1200mm). This is taking place at the
center in Boom, Belgium.