Need help in container loading? If so, you’re not alone.
While you may be a pro at shipping, there are certain things that you can do to ensure that your containers are loaded safely and adequately.
If you’re unsure how to go about loading containers, consider these five helpful tips to ensure that you don’t make any costly mistakes.
While some of these tips might seem obvious, they are crucial to container loading safety.
Mark The Interior
To make the process easier, mark the shipping container’s interior, if applicable. Before container loading, take measurements and mark where heavy items should go. Be sure to leave plenty of space to fit other furniture. Use high-quality tie-down straps to secure the items and ensure they have enough lashing capacity. A small or medium car weighs about a ton, so make sure the straps you use can hold the weight of the car and all the other items inside the container.
If the wrapped items are easily stolen from the truck, the stretch wrapper will help protect them. This is especially important if the wrapping is applied on the top of the pallet. In the case of the last method, the wrapping material must be secured from the bottom. Then, it can be twisted like a rope for additional strength. In this way, it helps with container loading and provides extra protection for the shipment.
Checking For Holes
When you load a container, you need to ensure that the sides and roof are correctly sealed, and you also need to inspect the floorboards and wall surfaces for holes. You can check these areas by closing the door, which will block out the sunlight and make it easier to spot any holes. If you see a hole in the container, you need to stop loading it and have someone outside watch it for any damage.
Checking For Damage
When loading a container, it is essential to inspect it thoroughly for any damage. One in every four containers is damaged during the shipping process, which can be caused by various factors, including natural disasters, human error, or machine malfunction. Aside from physical damage, a wrongly chosen container can also lead to problems in the cargo stuffing process. To avoid this, ensure that you have selected the correct type of container and that it is free of any previous dents, scratches, or odors. You should also check to see that the container is appropriately floored before you stow it.
Using Software To Calculate Weight Distribution
Software programs like MaxLoad can calculate the cargo’s weight distribution and center of gravity. They can also help verify the U.S. Federal Bridge Formula. The software is also helpful in determining the maximum weight of a container and can be used for both manual and automated loading.
Another advantage of using software is that it allows you to import or export your customer database and copy the details to a new customer. The software is user-friendly and will enable you to define details for each shipment, such as container number, cargo, seq (loading priority), quantity, and unit price. The software displays two graphs that show the percentage weight and volume of each piece of cargo. It also allows you to search for a specific shipment and export the entire load plan as a single file.
Our esteemed company has various terminals and ramps for your convenience. These terminals may have specific routes or may be used for different shipments.
To know where to find one, contact us. Once you have decided on the route, contact our trained executives and inquire about its terminals and ramps. You can also consult us for any container loading queries.
Let us know if you have any special requirements. We will provide all the necessary support for your shipment and guarantee that it reaches the destination safely and on time.