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Mar 16

Freight Packaging Tips

Posted on Monday, March 16, 2015

When it comes to your precious cargo, we understand that safety and security are paramount. Here at The Freight Shed, we want to see your freight arrive all in one piece, just as much as you do.

If you’re freighting goods interstate or even overseas, then your shipment will be travelling hundreds, if not thousands, of kilometres before it reaches its final destination. So, it’s vital that your cargo is packed as safely and as securely as possible. That’s why we’ve put together a few quick freight-packaging tips to get you started. Just remember, if at any point in time you’re unsure about your freight, feel free to contact us; we’re always happy to help.


Quick Tips for Freight Packaging

1. Freight Tips for Packaging Bags
If your cargo includes a number of bags, then we suggest that you use the interlocking stack method of packaging. In this method, you must be sure to include some kind of solid base, such as a solid bottom cushion or a load protector. Once your foundation is secure, then be sure to place cardboard around the outside of the bags wherever possible, and always be sure to keep all your bags inside the pallet perimeter at all times. Then, secure all the bags to the pallet using industrial strength materials, so that they are not prone to moving during the shipping process.

2. Freight Tips for Packaging Cartons
In the case that your freight is packed in cartons (rather than bags), you can opt for either a column or an interlocking stack method. Either method is equally as stable. The main point to remember when it comes to packaging cartons, is to never have the cartons hanging over the edge of the pallet. Once all your cartons are loaded onto the pallet, it’s always a good idea to wrap the entire shipment in plastic wrap for that added level of security.

3. Freight Tips for Crates
Crates are always a great way to keep cargo safe and sound, particularly on long international trips. If you decide to use crates to protect your cargo, then always opt for high-quality timber, such as plywood. And, be sure to use diagonal braces and fasteners on each side of the crate at all times. You don’t want your crates slipping and sliding all around the ship or plane.

4. Freight Tips for Drums
Given their unusual shape, drums have a few packaging particulars that are specific only to them. For instance, you always want to be sure that you use banding and edge protection for all drums. Also, it’s never a good idea to stack any more than three drums high, and it’s always a good idea to use plastic wrap for that extra level of protection.

There you have it: a quick overview of all the most commonly used types of freight packaging, and the best possible way to use each. If you’re a first time importer or exporter, don’t worry too much about all these packaging tips and tricks. Chances are, you won’t have to handle the packaging process yourself. The manufacturers usually take care of all these details, ensuring that your goods are ready to be shipped by the time you take possession of them.

If you help with your freight, feel free to contact us; we’re always happy to help.

Mar 16

How to Plan Your Next Freight Shipment

Posted on Monday, March 16, 2015

The planning that goes into import and export projects is immense. There are so many facets that you have to organise. Moving goods across town can be stressful, but when your freight consignment has to travel hundreds or even thousands of kilometres away, things have a tendency to become even more pressure-packed.

If you’re not sure where to start, here are a few helpful freight shipment tips to keep in mind as you plan for your big shipment.


1. Consider Expenses Carefully
Before you embark on any kind of freight shipping project, it’s always a good idea to work out what your expenses are likely to be. If you’re shipping your freight domestically, then this won’t be so difficult. But, if your freight is being shipped internationally, then costs are likely to become considerably more difficult. This is because it is unlikely that your goods will go straight from point A to point B. Usually there will be some sort of ground transport involved, often through multiple countries or territories, all with varying customs requirements and costs. So, make sure you are aware of all these before you ship anything. Your freight company should be able to help with this.

  1. Plan Properly

    Different freight providers have different weight, volume, and size restrictions. Some companies will only ship pelletised goods, whereas others will take both pelletised and non-pelletised. So, it’s essential that you plan properly. You need to know exactly what type of goods of you’re importing or exporting, and exactly how they have been packaged. Only once you have all those relevant details, can you expect to receive an accurate shipping quote, and engage the services of a reputable freight company. 

  2. PackSecurely

    Your cargo shipment will only arrive safely and securely if you have taken the time to prepare it as effectively as possible. So, be sure to package everything as securely as you can. This includes using proper cushioning, bracing, wrapping, and high-quality wooden crates and pellets at all times. If you need further information on how to ensure secure packaging, then take a look at our recent article on Freight Packaging Tips.

3. Label Accurately
To ensure that your entire shipment arrives in its intended destination in one piece, you need to be sure that every single box and pallet is labelled correctly. Regardless of whether you are shipping your cargo across the country, or around the globe, you need to include an accurate address labels, and all necessary paperwork for every box.

4. Complete Paperwork Precisely
There is a considerable amount of paperwork involved in the freight shipping process, particularly if you’re shipping goods internationally. The paperwork involved in securing Customs Clearance can be a minefield if you haven’t done it before. If you’re unsure of how to proceed, then simply contact the friendly team at Galaxy Freight International today. We’re always happy to assist with any queries you might have.

If you follow our tips above when it comes to planning your next freight shipment, then your project will definitely be off to a good start. While there may always be some unforseen issues that arise, with proper planning and organisation, your freight shipment should arrive on time, and safe and secure.