When shipping from UK to any other part of the world, exporters are required to bear in mind the demands put by international freight forwarding on packaged cargo. Basically, there are 4 problems that require special attention in order to design the shipping crate for an export. They are breakage, humidity, theft and excess weight.Cargo is usually moved after being loaded into containers, but some exporters also make use of break bulk shipping services. Apart from regular handling involved in domestic transportation, shipment transported via break bulk may even be loaded onto vessels using a chute, conveyor, net or sling, which puts more strain on the cargo. During the journey, the goods might get stacked onto other cargo, which may result in them getting dragged, rolled, dropped or pushed at the time of unloading or while in transit towards the ultimate destination.
Therefore, it is very important to strictly follow the guidelines specified by buyers in order to prepare goods and secure them:
- Firstly, one must utilise strong and properly sealed shipping containers
Next, the containers should be adequately provided with brace for ensuring even distribution of weight.
- The goods must be palletised as well as containerised, whenever possible.
For preventing theft, it is better to avoid inscribing brand names or contents on top of packages.
- The packing filter and packages need to be made of moisture-resistant material.
- Any packing requisites associated with product-specific hazardous substances should be observed.
Some freight forwarders obtain shipping containers from private leasing firms or carriers for moving shipment. Such containers can vary in construction, material and size, but they usually accommodate most of the cargo. Nevertheless, they are normally specified as suitable for the standard package shapes and sizes. They are also available in liquid bulk and refrigerated options.
The packaging for air freight is not as heavy as that of ocean shipments, but the ones vulnerable to pilferage necessitate adequate protection. In case the products are durable and do not need any display packaging, they can do well with standard domestic packing. For perishable and fragile items, heavy duty packaging such as high-test tri-wall construction or cardboard boxes are necessary.
In order to save on transportation costs, many exporters use specially reinforced, lightweight materials for packing. Not only do they help to minimise weight and volume of the cargo, but also provide adequate protection to it. They are available with most of the reputed freight forwarding companies in UK.