Regardless of what items you are looking to ship, one of the most important factors is that your cargo arrives undamaged and in the same shape as it left your warehouse. There are many ways to ensure a safe voyage for your goods, from proper packaging to arranging the correct transloading; However, one factor that is often overlooked is protecting your cargo from corrosion.
What Causes Corrosion?
Corrosion is a natural chemical reaction that slowly destroys material through oxidization. Corrosion can damage or even destroy your precious freight, ultimately costing you money.
Did you know?
Over 5% of your overall profit may be lost due to corrosion.
This loss is unacceptable. This is something that is completely avoidable, if you take the time and precautions to guard your freight.
Corrosion most likely occurs in the following areas:
- Climate – this is the most likely culprit when it comes to corrosion. The climates that are most likely to cause corrosion include damp, salt laden and foggy climates.
- The actual shipping process – if any goods or the container itself is scratched or bumped, corrosion can quickly set in.
- Any area where water can pool and sit for long periods of time.
Consider the bigger picture
Unfortunately, corrosion is not just something that mysteriously happens in the shipping process. We recommend that you consider looking at corrosion prevention as an overall part of the far larger shipping process. To us, the shipping process includes the following stages:
- Storage at all points in your cargo’s shipping process – keep in mind that the conditions at different warehouses can vary greatly as can climates.
- Shipping – in all of its various forms and methods which may include transloading.
How to Prevent Corrosion
Cortec offers many great options for corrosion control. Many of these choices are affordable and will add another dimension of safety to the shipping process. These options include:
- Permanent topcoats and primer paints – These paints will seal your goods in an oxygen free environment and prevent corrosion or rust damage.
- Temporary coatings – These coatings can be removed once your goods have reached their final destination. Again, by applying this protective coat, you will ensure a corrosion free shipment.
- Shrink wrap – A very popular option for difficult, bulky or awkward goods. This wrap will prevent moisture and climate damage to your goods as well as another barrier of protection.
- Spray paints – Sprays allow you to prevent corrosion in those hard to reach areas or in areas that are very delicate. Electronics can and will become easily damaged by corrosion, protect your fragile shipments with Cortec’s wide range of spray paint options.
These are just a few of the many great options that can be used to keep your shipping corrosion free. If you would like more information about corrosion options or what type of treatment is right for you, please call us today. We look forward to working with you soon.