How to load a shipping container: a “moving” refresher

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How to load a shipping container? Properly loading a container will help protect your goods from damage during transit and so that the operation takes place in maximum security.

Improper or careless packing of cargoes into/onto such units, or lack of proper blocking, bracing and lashing, may be the cause of personnel injury when they are handled or transported. In addition, serious and costly damage may occur to the cargo or to the equipment.

Here are some rules to follow about how to load a shipping container in the proper way:

  • Before starting to load, examine carefully to see if there are any holes or fractured welds inside and outside the container, as well as the integrity of the box itself
  • Distribute the weight of your cargo, furniture, and other boxes proportionately throughout the shipping container. Continue loading heavier items on the floor and towards the front of the container, placing lighter items on top
  • It is recommended to take pictures of the container externally and above all internally before, during and after loading (the client often requires this procedure)
  • Use blankets, bubble wrap and cardboard to protect items from rubbing against each other. Blankets, bubble wrap and cardboard can also be used to fill in any empty spaces. It is important that everything fits in snug and tight so that nothing shifts during the several phases of the transport (road freight, ocean transit etc..).
  • Check the maximum permitted loading weight (indicated on the external door of the container itself; in some cases it may be subject to more restrictive rules in the importing country)


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