Pack like a pro! Ship like an expert!
Improper labelling or packaging causes over 80% of freight losses, damages and misdirects. As a shipper, you’re responsible for providing adequate labelling, sufficient protective packaging, and accurate descriptions of your goods on the shipping documentation.
To avoid lost or damaged freight, ask yourself these questions before you ship:
• Does each handling unit in my shipment have labels with the full shipper and consignee address and contact information?
• Does each handing unit have at least one barcode label with a tracking number (freight bill)?
• Does the freight have adequate exterior and interior packaging?
• If on a skid, is it wrapped and secured to prevent shifting?
5 Tips to Protect Your Shipment
1. Clearly label every handling unit with the complete shipper and consignee address and phone number.
2. Apply at least one barcode label with a tracking number (freight bill) to every handling unit.
3. When shipping multiple pieces together as individual handling units, ensure the freight is securely strapped or plastic wrapped together. The shipper/consignee address labels and barcode tracking numbers must be placed on top of the wrapping so it can be read effectively.
4. Ensure your shipment has adequate interior and exterior protective packaging.
5. If you are shipping non-stackable items, place a DO NOT STACK cone on top of your handling unit.
Choose the Right Packaging
Proper packaging is critical for having your freight delivered on time, intact, and damage free. Select the exterior and interior packaging materials that best suit your commodity.
Bubble Wrap: Ideal to protect fragile and irregularly shaped objects. Serves as good protection against shock. Fills the voids inside the shipping box.
Edge Boards: A very effective means to stabilize the load and reduce the risk of damage to the edge of boxes. Keep the freight within the pallet dimensions.
Foam Cushioning: helpful if your freight needs protection from vibrations and shocks. This material may require custom formation for maximum effectiveness.
Paper Honeycomb: ideal for both interior and exterior packaging.
Loose Fill: very flexible packaging material that fills the gaps around freight and offers shock protection.
Paper Pad: blocking, filling, and wrapping material that is perfect for irregular shaped products and fragile parts.
Corrosion Protection: used to prevent corrosion and oxidation when transporting non-treated metals.
transit. This is often how freight becomes lost or damaged in transit. Wrapping the individual pieces together will prevent them from being separated from one another. Securing the freight to the skid either through the use of plastic wrap and/or straps will prevent it from sliding off while in transit.
Do Not Stack Freight
It is common practice for freight to be double stacked to maximize utilization of equipment. If you are shipping non-stackable freight* due to the shape, contents, or packaging, you must secure a DO NOT STACK cone to the top of the freight.
DO NOT STACK cones are available from any seller of shipping supplies and materials.
*Additional charges may apply.
Share our tips with your team on how to:
select the right packaging materials
stretch wrap and secure your freight on a skid
stack cartons on palletized freight
avoid shock and vibration during transportation
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