How to pack your cargo properly

Did you know that 40% of the cargo damage worldwide occurs during loading, stowage, lashing and unloading?

The transport remains a risky business even when all participants in the process do their due diligence. Therefore the choice of proper packaging could be decisive for their flawless delivery of your goods.

If you follow these simple standards it will guarantee the safe transportation of your goods, the preservation of their attractive appearance, but also the safety of our personnel.

If you intend to transport dangerous goods, or your cargo requires special conditions for carriage, please advise our representative and we will deal with all formalities.

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1. Choose a steady pallet before you start arranging your goods. The standard payload of an europallet is 1000 kg, if the weight is evenly distributed. In case of deficiencies this value may decrease considerably and may lead to breakage of the wooden frame during handling operations or carriage.

2. Put your goods in sturdy cartons and use appropriate cushioning. The standard “commercial” packaging of the goods could rarely be also an appropriate transport packaging. If you want to preserve the good appearance of the commercial packaging of the goods place them in an additional cartons. Using styrofoam, aeroplast (bubble wrap) or other cushioning material will keep your goods safe in case of impact with other goods or loading equipment. If your cargo requires a full truck load you can separate the different loading units with airbags.

3. Put machinery or equipment in wooden crates. Spare yourself from worries. The price of a wooden crate is incomparable to what the repair costs in the place of destination , the costs for retour, repair and second delivery or penalties for missing production deadlines may amount to, especially if the purchase of the equipment is related to chasing a specific production plan.

4. Include universal symbols for special handling on the cartons/crates, which describe the special properties of your cargo- " "fragile”, "this side up”, "keep dry", “protect from heat”, “handle with care”, “Centre of gravity” etc.

5. Do not overload the pallet in terms of height or weight. Pallets that are too high are prone to tilting, deformation and dilapidation. Pallets with excessive weight are prone to deformation of the cartons on the lower rows, damage to the wooden frame, which may also lead to dilapidation.

6. Make sure the dimension of the goods on top of the pallet do not exceed beyond the wooden frame of the pallet. This makes your goods especially vulnerable to impacts during handling operations.

7. Secure the goods with enough strapping tapes. This way you will ensure the stability of the entire pallet and it will withstand the hazardous physical forces like sudden application of the breaks of the vehicle.

8. Use stretch film to ensure the separate cartons are holding tightly and reinforce the stability of the entire pallet. The stretch film protects from dust and splashings, but when used only by itself is not a sufficient transport packaging and cannot protect your cargo from impact with other cargo or handling equipment.

9. For bulky cargo, which is impossible to be placed inside a crate prepare enough appropriate edges (e.g. carton edges), where the lashing will be placed. For machines on wheels prepare wedges or special wooden frame. If you are not sure how to pack such type of cargo our advice to you is to engage the assistance of a surveyor.

In case you are the buyer of the goods make sure the seller holds to these standards.

Our representatives can offer you an appropriate cargo insurance. This way you can be sure that in case of loss or damage you will be compensated for the invoice value of the cargo or its repair. Inquire about the options to insure your cargo up to 130% of its invoice value or to include the amount of the freight and customs charges in the amount insured.