Industrial Shipping Step by Step

Industrial packing and shipping truck on a high level bridgeIndustrial shipping moves tens of thousands of shipping containers through thousands of seaports and airports every day of the year. It’s the way in which your sneakers, hoodies, notebooks, furniture, and even food make the worldwide journey from shipper to receiver. Each supply chain has its own procedures and logistics to maintain, to ensure a smooth and steady transfer of goods from one point to another.

The Industrial Shipping Chain

Generally, a transloading solution is used for moving cargo from one country to another. In transloading, the shipper combines short-haul trucking with ocean or air-based transport to move cargo from the factory to the distribution center, and finally to the supplier.

When using ocean-based transport, it is the most advantageous to use ocean liners because of the better capabilities for security for both the containers and the product within. In fact, over half of all goods shipped over the ocean are done via ocean liner. Here are the stages in the life cycle of industrial shipping crates as they go from shipper to receiver.

Transloading uses complex logistics to maintain the shipping chain, but the basics of how it works are fairly simple. Let’s take a look.

The Order

The first step is the order for product. When a supply point such as a retail store is running low on merchandise which is produced in another country, an order is placed for a number of units. The manufacturing company works with a freight forwarding company to set up delivery from the factory in its home country (Japan, for example) to get more merchandise.

Packing and Initial Transport

A short-haul trucking company sends a vehicle to the factory to load the order for transport to the docks. Usually, the truck will also hold orders from other vendors, retailers, and manufacturers. The container is tightly and securely sealed and cannot be opened again until it arrives in the country of destination unless it is held by customs for inspection.

The trucking company then moves the cargo to a port, where it has a contract with a shipping line. This shipping line has documentation called “manifest data,” which includes the contents of the cargo, the identities of the exporter and importer, and the identity of the shipper.


The cargo is now moved from the truck to the container ship—the transloading process—and sent off to the destination country. Several days before its scheduled arrival, the ship’s captain sends a report to the destination country’s government, which includes much of the same information as the manifest data. The country of delivery then, ideally, grants the ship clearance for docking, where it is unloaded, inspected and cleared by customs, and loaded onto another truck.

Final Transport

Next, the truck moves the cargo to a local distribution center, where the containers can finally be opened and the individual orders collated for shipment to stores. From here it usually takes only about a day or two for the original order to finally make its way to the retail store or other supplier who placed the order.

The process of transloading is highly efficient and used the world over for shipping cargo. If you have any questions about the right kind of crates for your shipment, don’t hesitate to give us a call.