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Loading docks are the arrival and departure point for large shipments brought to or taken from a building by trucks and vans. The loading dock space type described here includes a shipping and receiving dock for trucks and vans.
A shipping address accessible for a full sized (53 foot) tractor-trailer means roads must be paved, have no low hanging wires. No narrow roads, dead ends, or small islands that require ferries, that impede access.
They are required any time a facility does not have the ability to lift freight to the height of a trailer, or down from the tailgate to the ground. If the individual freight items weigh more than 150 pounds each a forklift or liftgate is typically required.
A pallet jack, also known as a pallet truck, pallet pump, pump truck, scooter, dog, or jigger is a manual tool used to lift and move pallets.