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Engine Shipping via Pallet – Send Engines and Gearboxes

Engine shipping via pallet is a cost effective method of sening engines and gearboxes across the UK

Engines are shipped across the country every day, especially by eBay sellers and professional rebuilding companies. The most reliable and cost effective courier method of an engine is via pallet. They are often heavy and bulky, particularly if gearboxes are attached. This means they need to utmost care when transporting them. There are a few rules that must be followed to ensure that your engine is transported safely.


Particular care must be taken when shipping engines. You must also adhere to rules and regulations regarding the shipping of engines and gearboxes in order to minimise problems. For example, all fluid must be drained from the engine/gearbox, as otherwise they can leak and contaminate other shipments or equipment and transportation. you also need to make sure the engine or gearbox is securely fastened. These safety guidelines are to prevent problems and should be strictly adhered to.

  1. ALL fluids should be removed from the engine or gearbox. The driver wiol check the oil level on collection, and if any oil is present, then the engine cannot be shipped.
  2. The pallet itself should be covered by rags or oil resistant material before placement of the engine. All potential drips should be contained and minimised.
  3. If a sump is present and therefore not flat, an old tyre is ideal to stabilise the engine and supoprt the area around the sump.
  4. Fasten securely by a ratchet strap. Steel or plastic banding professionally fitted is also acceptable, however they should be protected as much as possible to prevent breakage, ie by placing rags between the engine and strap.
  5. Carriage and collection will be refused if any other method such as rope, shrink wrap, plastic/metal strap which has only been hand tightened etc. Only ratchet strap or machine strap is acceptable.
  6. Shrink wrap can be used over ratchet or machine strap, providing there is access to the disptick for oil checking purposes.The strap/band should be visible through the shrink wrap. Black shrink wrap is not accepted.
  7. The driver has the right to refuse collection as in Paragraph 223 of the Health and Safety Executive, Workplace Transport Safety Guide. We all have a duty to ensure the consignment is secure and safe.

Good and bad examples of palletised engines for guidance.


This is what can happen when engines are not shipped correctly!

Tied with rope is not a good way to secure an engine on the pallet. The rope can stretch, come loose, or a once secure knot may not be as secure once in transit. We do not recommend or accept rope tied engines.


Strapped tightly to the pallet. Ideally should have rags/mats underneath, but it is drained and is a ‘clean’ engine, it is not wet with oil.

Plastic band strapped engine. 4 plastic straps done by machine and tight. Engine sits flat on pallet, no tyre needed. Ideally should be sat on rags/mat, but not needed as engine is drained, and is very clean. Straps could benefit from protection, but if bands touch smooth areas then are ok.