Tips for container packing

During it’s long voyage to your named Port of Destination, your container will go through some rigorous movements.

A container ship moving on the vast seas can move in several different directions:

  1.    Heave
  2.    Roll
  3.    Pitch
  4.    Sway
  5.    Surge
  6.   Yaw (to deviate temporarily from a straight course)

Being a container on board a vessel that is rocking and rolling can be a precarious time!

We here at EES want to ensure that your cargo has every chance of arriving from one of these voyages without any unnecessary damage from transit.

Before your forklift hits the ramp, before your hands grab a hold of the cartons, you must ensure that you are aware of the following:

  •  Be aware of the maximum payload that the container can hold. Also be aware of permitted weight distribution.
  •  Weight restrictions for road transport at the country of container discharge.
  •  Buyers limitations for unloading the container.

Below is a list of packing tips that you, or your supplies should be aware of when arranging loading of cargo into a container:

  •     Number or label your packages
  •     Larger, heavier items to be stowed at the bottom of the container, with the lighter goods placed on top
  •     Non-uniform cargo, heavy items and machinery should be crated or placed on skids to ensure handling ease and solid stowage.
  •     Cargo should be braced using the lashing devices / points found inside the container (lashing eyes on corner posts, roof and floor. Corrugation in side walls and corner posts)
  •     Distribute cargo over the entire container floor. If gaps cannot be avoided, the gaps must be filled with relevant packaging material.

*The above tips are general and may not specifically apply to your cargo.

If you have any questions regarding the packing of your container, please feel free to contact us directly.