Loading a trailer, container or airline ULD is like completing a puzzle in three dimensions, with financial penalties if you get it wrong and rewards if you load effectively.
The first and most important consideration is your product, how it is presented, in getting the right balance of protection and pack characteristics.
An engine, for example, might require specialised handling, crane-lifting and an open top container, which costs significantly more than a standard shipment.
We supply packaging and design bespoke solutions that maximise loading potential, while protecting your cargo
Disassemble the engine, pack the component parts and you can reconfigure the load to hand-ball into a standard container, for a relatively inexpensive shipment.
Modifying packaging can help you make better use of available space and lower freight costs, which are typically calculated on weight and size.
Knowing your cargo characteristics, features and vulnerabilities, will help prevent potential damages.
Shipping sensitive products like glasses, machines, vehicles and artworks require meticulous attention and careful steps to protect goods in transit.
Contact our packaging expert, Nickie Bassett, to discuss your requirements
You want to use the least amount of packaging possible, while still protecting your goods and keeping it light to minimise voids, so you’re not shipping air.
Load planning is only as good as the information it is based on, so ensure you carefully weigh and measure every piece in your load.
- Check out parameters of sea containers – ACCESS eTOOL
- Calculate cargo load – ACCESS eTOOL
- Plan cargo stowage in the container
- Examine container weight limitations are fully met
- Verify against the weight markings on the container
- Remember cargo weight declaration are necessary for cost-control
- Evenly distribute cargo weight in the container
- Stow the heaviest packs on the bottom
- Heavy items should be boxed/crated
- Avoid putting heavy packs on one side
- Try allocating the same type of cargoes in the container, i.e. clothes with tablecloth
- Liquid cargoes are advised to be placed on the bottom
- Follow packing guidelines strictly particular for dangerous goods
To ensure secure reach to your destination, if you have any question about packing, please contact our experienced freight team for guidance.