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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.