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Understanding the Charges on Your Delivery Receipt

Once your shipment arrives you should be checking it over. First give your shipment a once over to ensure that there are no visible signs of damage on the outside of the packing. After you have signed off on the delivery slip, the next thing to do is to take a look at the proof of delivery for any charges that might be on there.

Yes, when a shipment arrives it can be very hectic and things can get overlooked and missed. Unfortunately an errant signature on a PoD sheet can end up costing you lots of money in shipping charges.

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What to Do About Concealed Damage in Freight?

How many times have you opened up a shipment to find that your shipment was damaged? Even though there may be no outward signs of the damage at all. There is nothing more frustrating for someone receiving a shipment.
The same could be said for those on the shipping end as well. Even though you took all the time and effort to pack your freight properly, it ends up damaged regardless.
Here is what you need to know about concealed damage and what should be done about it.

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What Is an MSDS and Do I Need One?

The shipping world loves to come up with abbreviations that are confusing, vague and required. Often a conversation with a shipping line may become a game of alphabet soup when they start telling you all of the things that are required for your shipment. One of the terms you may come across is MSDS. What is an MSDS and do you need one for your shipment? Let’s find out.

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Mistakes to Avoid When Shipping Computer Servers

Are you in need to ship some sensitive computer equipment? Maybe making and shipping servers is your regular business. Regardless of the situation, when you are going to be shipping sensitive computer equipment like servers there are some pretty costly mistakes that you can make. In order to ensure that your server equipment makes its destination intact and ready to work when it gets there, avoid these very serious mistakes.

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Is Custom Industrial Packing Worth It?

Do you need to ship items for yourself or your business?  If so, then you might be tempted to cut some corners by going with standard cardboard packing for your shipment.  While shipping can be very expensive, cutting corners on the packing that you use can be even more costly.  After all, what happens if the items that you are trying to ship end up arriving broken, damaged or unusable?  Here are some reasons why you could benefit from using custom crating and industrial packing on your next shipment or transloading freight move.

Items Are More Secure in Packing Built for Them

Is it possible to find a box or existing packing material that is pretty close to the size of what you are trying to ship?  Of course it is—the issue becomes about what to do with all of that empty space that needs to be filled around your items.  Fragile items are particularly sensitive to packing materials that might be slightly too large.

Having a crate custom built for your shipment means that the packing material was designed with your items in mind.  If they are fragile, extra care can be built into the packing to ensure that your items have little to no chance of getting damaged.  The amount of empty space around your items is minimized, and can easily be filled up with packing material to ensure your shipment won’t move or shift in transit.

Wooden Crates Offer More Protection

Cardboard is a cheap and low cost way to move items.  The problem is, it isn’t very sturdy; it can’t hold up when things are spilled on it.  It also tends to be easily crushed if it is mishandled.  Therefore, you should ask yourself this question: just how much do you trust the driver who picked up your shipment?

A wooden crate offers a multitude of protections for your shipment.  It can be built to keep items up off of the ground so that spills don’t affect them. Wood is much sturdier than cardboard and can take some manhandling before it breaks.

Overall, your items and your shipment are much safer in a custom crate.

Odd Sized Items Are No Problem

Are you trying to ship an oversized, odd sized or exceptionally heavy item?  That isn’t a problem with custom packing.

Since your packing is being built specifically for the item that is being shipped, you don’t have to worry about it not fitting.  The crate can literally be built around the item so that it fits perfectly.  This will ensure that you don’t have to settle for something that is much too large or for no packing material at all.  Any special need that your item might have can be taken care of by having custom packing built for it.

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Want to know why the weight of your shipping container is so critical when shipping or using transloading for sea freight? Here are some reasons.

Why Container Weight Verification Matters

There are many steps involved in shipping freight overseas. If you aren’t using an air freight carrier, then you will be shipping by sea. One of the most important regulations when shipping by sea is ensuring to obey the weight restrictions. That is why there are so many regulations concerning it.

Not only is important for the safety of your cargo, but it can be vital to the safety of the whole vessel. Here is a quick description of the process, and why it is important.

The Process

As you may know, shipping containers have a specific weight that they are allowed to carry. That weight is specified on the shipping container on what is called the CSC plate. This limit can vary from container to container.

When an empty container is brought to your warehouse for loading, there will be an expectation that the weight of the cargo does not exceed the weight limit published on the CSC plate. Unfortunately, you may not know what this limit is, and you can accidentally overload the container. This may simply be a result of not weighing your cargo, or it may be a misunderstanding on your part.

After cargo is loaded into the container, the weight is then officially declared on the bill of lading. Again, if the process is misunderstood, then an overweight container can be mis-declared as having the wrong weight on all of the official documentation.

Since the freight carrier is not aware that the container has been overloaded, they plan the layout on the cargo ship as if the container weighs what the declared weight is listed as. Since most sea faring cargo vessels have thousands of shipping containers loaded on to them, there is a very detailed plan as to where each one goes. This helps balance the load on the vessel.

Finally, the overweight container is loaded onto the vessel for shipment.

What Can Go Wrong

You may be thinking that with thousands of containers loaded onto the vessel, “What’s the big deal if you are a couple hundred pounds overweight?” After all, that number must be small compared to the total weight on the ship. Unfortunately, you couldn’t be more wrong.

Cranes – Shipments are loaded onto a cargo ship using freight cranes. Each cargo container will be picked up by a crane and lowered onto the ship. When picking the crane to use, the weight of the container is a critical number. This means the hook, supports and cabling are all based upon the listed weight. If the container exceeds the weight, the crane can fail, causing the container to drop.

Ship Balance – Sailing on the ocean is not like driving a car. The ocean moves up and down tossing a cargo ship in many different directions. If several containers are all overweight, this can throw off the balance of the ship causing it to capsize.

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Unsure what the purpose of your bill of lading is? It's an important document for transloading, intermodal or any other type of freight shipping.

Bills of Lading: What Are They Good For?

While Edwin Starr asked the same question about war, you might be asking just why you need this complicated document called a bill of lading. The bill of lading is a very important document for shipping that has several different functions. It actually can be the critical document you need if something goes wrong with your shipment. Here are the basic functions of a bill of lading, and why you should ensure that yours is in order before signing for your shipments.

It Contains the Carrier Contract

The bill of lading proves that you have a contract with the carrier. It state the terms, explains who the cargo belongs to and also identifies who is going to be moving the shipment. These are all very important details when shipping your freight.

The technical term is that the bill of lading is Evidence of Contract of Carriage. It is a legal document that shows you have given your freight to the carrier company and that they are responsible for delivering it to a certain location, also specified on the bill of lading.

Finally, it contains the specific time period that this carriage is due to occur. It will have defined start and end dates usually defined as the days that the cargo is picked up and dropped off. This could change depending on the terms of the contract.

Proof of Receipt of Cargo

The bill of lading also serves as a document of transfer. This means that when you need to prove that your freight was handed over by you to the carrier you have chosen to transport it, the bill of lading will reflect that information.

Along with proof of transfer, the condition of the cargo container that the freight was in will also be documented. Why just the condition of the cargo container? Unless the bill of lading specifically calls out for the carrier to perform an inspection of the cargo, or if there is some other reason that the cargo can be inspected (open container, out of gauge cargo, etc.), then most carriers do not have permission to open the cargo container. This helps the carrier. If they do not have access to the cargo, then they cannot be at fault if there is damage inside the container.

Finally, the bill of lading can help prove that a container that has not arrived at its destination was indeed picked up by the carrier. Sometimes containers go missing. The bill of lading is important in tracking them down when they do.

Receipt of Shipment

Finally, the bill of lading identifies who is to receive the cargo when it arrives. It also specifies the manner in which the cargo is to be handled by the receiving party when it does arrive at its destination.

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