Preparing your Freight for Ocean Shipping

When it comes to moving freight great distances or internationally, you basically have 2 choices – ocean or air.  Although both have their advantages, ocean freight is definitely the most cost effective of the two.  As the premier company for all your packing and crating needs, we would like to offer you the following tips on how to prepare your freight for ocean shipping.

Pack it Securely

Although ocean freight is the most viable and most often used method of shipping internationally, as an exporter, you need to be fully aware of the demands that your goods will be subjected to.  The main problem that you need to be prepared for is freight damage and breakage.

Ocean freight is most often transported in containers.  These containers may be subjected to all types of movement as they are loaded and unloaded.  Containers may be jostled, dropped or shift unexpectedly.  Prior to loading your freight into shipping containers, be sure that all your goods are securely packed, properly stacked and on a wooden pallet in a strong wooden crate.  This should minimize any problems and your freight should show up in the same condition that it left your warehouse.

Choose the Right Materials

To ensure that your freight is not damaged, it is important that you use the right packing materials.  When it comes to packing your freight, use secure, heavy boxes and ensure that all your goods are securely packed and protected with extra material to take up any excess volume in each box.  Be sure that the weight is evenly distributed on each pallet and secure the pallet with cardboard bracing, strap and shrink wrap. Then all goods must be blocked and braced inside a strong wooden crate.

Prepare for Moisture

Another key concern when it comes to ocean shipping is moisture.  Moisture can damage freight, especially electronics, so make sure to keep your freight dry and your shipping containers moisture free.  When packing your freight in containers ensure that they do not block the built in ventilation.  This will allow warm air to escape and limit condensation and moisture in the container.

You may also want to pack your freight in desiccants. Desiccants are substances that create or help maintain a state of dryness.   Common packing desiccants include:

  • Activated charcoal.
  • Calcium sulfate and calcium chloride.
  • Silica.

With properly packed freight, you should be able to limit any damage that may occur due to moisture.

By following these tips, your freight should be ready for its overseas journey.  If you would like more information on how to prepare your goods for ocean freight or are interested in how our services can help you with all of your shipping needs, please contact us today.  We look forward to being part of your shipping team.