When shipping a container overseas, it is very important to securely package the items in order to prevent damage. There are different ways of packing the freight.
- All items should be wrapped, and packed separate from one another in bubble wrap, paper, cloth, packing peanuts, and even expandable foam. Always pack items in boxes firmly, with appropriate spacing between box walls, and objects inside.
- Never mix breakables with non breakables. If you don’t have a choice, put the heavy items to the bottom, and sufficient packing between items.
- The most economical way to pack items is to use cardboard boxes. Always use a double wall or greater thickness if your item is fragile or heavy to protect the contents in transit.
- For shipping very heavy or fragile items, we suggest using wood crates.
- Follow the requirements for wood packing material. Most countries have adopted the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures Guidelines for Regulating Wood Packaging Material in International Trade (ISPM 15). Failure to use properly certified/marked wood can result in problems with release of your freight at destination.
- All freight should be packaged, crated, or stacked, and secured onto pallets with banding, shrink-wrap, or breakaway adhesive.
- Weight should be evenly distributed across the container floor.
- Cargo should be blocked and braced inside container to prevent movement forward, back and from side to side. If you use wood to block and brace cargo, the wood must meet wood packing requirements.