Making Sure that the Contents of your Shipping Container Arrive Safely
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Choosing the Best Shipping Container
There are many different styles of a shipping container that are available, and each style is best suited for certain types of cargo. For instance, if you are shipping loose cargo such as sand, pumice, or rice, an open-top shipping container is best suited for the job. For large, bulky machinery, side-opening shipping containers are usually a good option. If you are looking to ship boxes of products, then you can use a general purpose shipping container.
Shipping containers come in various sizes, so you will also need to work out how much cargo you are shipping and how many shipping containers you will require. Depending in the size of the shipping container, it will have a maximum weight limit. You will need to make sure that you do not overload your shipping container to lessen the risk of an accident happening while the cargo is in transit. You will also need to load your cargo correctly to make sure that it gets to its destination in one piece.
Loading your Shipping Container
If you are using an open-top shipping container and transporting bulk cargo, it is easy to load as gravity will spread the load out. All you need to do is make sure it is not overloaded, and the top is covered properly.
For any other type of cargo being placed in a general-purpose shipping container, arrange the contents so that the weight is dispersed evenly across the floor of the shipping container. You can stack boxes inside the shipping container or even load pallets of cargo inside, but you will need to make sure that the cargo is securely tied down using the bull rings which are located throughout the interior of the shipping container.
Secure a net of your cargo or even heavy duty straps to doubly ensure that it stays in the same place throughout its journey. It is always best to have too many straps holding down your cargo rather than not enough.
Once you have loaded your cargo as much as is permitted, you can secure the load using heavy-duty Nylon straps or netting, making them as tight as you can without damaging the load. Now you are ready to shut the doors and ship your cargo to its destination, safe in the knowledge that everything will get there in one piece!
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