5 things to think about before you load your cargo

You should have a checklist of things to think about before packing your cargo if you are an exporter, especially if it is your first time.

Here are the top 5 things to think about when packing your cargo:

1) Use the appropriate CTU (Cargo Transport Unit): In this case, a CTU is a freight container. There are many cargo categories and packing techniques in container shipments, as I detailed in my last essay.

It is crucial that you pack your cargo in the appropriate size and kind of container.

Even though they are inaccurate, the following questions are frequently asked, thus it is important to understand them.

The length of a 20′ container is double that of a 40′ container. So if I can fit 21 tons of cargo in a 20-foot container, I should be able to fit 42 tons in a 40-foot container, right?

  • 20-foot containers are made to hold more weight than large amounts of cargo. Examples of heavy cargoes include minerals, metals, machinery, sugar, paper, cement, and steel coils.
  • Instead of carrying heavy cargo, 40′ containers are made to carry bulky cargo. For instance, there are several large cargoes of furniture, steel pipes, paper scrap, cotton, and tobacco.

2) The CTU’s condition is crucial since it forms the cornerstone of the safe transportation of your goods.

You expose yourself to potential cargo damage, loss, claims, etc. if the container you are utilizing to pack your cargo is not in good shape.

The state of a container that the exporter picks up for packing is one of the most frequent points of contention between an exporter and a shipping company. People’s views on who is responsible have varied.

The shipping line is required by law to release a clean, sound, dry, and cargo-worthy container to the exporter’s transporter from their empty storage depot. The duty to ensuring that the shipping line’s instructions are carried out rests with the container depot.

On the other hand, it is the transporter’s duty to make sure that the container that is released from the depot will meet the needs of the exporter.

3) As absurd as it may sound, some exporters have a lot of trouble using the appropriate shipping line’s container. Therefore, it is quite likely that you or your packing facility could cross-pack some cargo if you are an exporter who exports large volumes of cargo, often packing up to 20–30 containers in a day to multiple destinations utilizing the containers of several shipping lines.

4) Documentation – The documentation process is yet another critical step in the shipping process that you must comprehend well. documentation pertaining to the shipment of the goods you are preparing to pack.

5) Pack it properly – Even if you have verified and are happy with all of the aforementioned points, it is still important to “pack your cargo properly.” Yes, even while it may seem obvious, faulty cargo packing contributes to many problems, including accidents and cargo damage, both at sea and on land.

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