Container Stuffing - What You Need To Know?

  • Posted on:  Friday, 07 November 2014 08:10

Good day readers. It has been awhile since our last post. We would like to apologize for our inconsistent posting in the past. However, there’s good news for you since we will be posting new blog post every Friday.

Let’s start today’s blog post with an interesting topic of container stuffing. By definition, container stuffing is a process whereby cargo is loaded into an empty container and then sealed to be transported to either load onboard of a ship or for land trucking purposes.

Here at CS, stuffing and un-stuffing containers are our daily routine. Though it may seem easy, there are a lot of thoughts and work that goes into it.

First let us look at container sizes. There are two types of container sizes that are being used worldwide. It is either a 20ft container that can hold as much as 28-30 cbm or 980-1,060 cu.ft., and a 40' that can hold about 56-60 cbm or 1,980-2,110 cu.ft. However, the actual loading capacity differs as it depends on not only the dimensions of the carton boxes but also on other factors such as packaging material, competency of the stuffing personnel and cargo weight. It is crucial to pay attention to the cargo weight as many countries have permissible weight limits for both road and rail transportation.

Putting all of these into consideration, the best way to avoid problems such as cargo overflow or wastage of space, is for shippers to have a stuffing plan before cargo is loaded.

Secondly, let’s talk about stacking. More often than not, your cargo will be stacks to make full use of the space. If you have lightweight cartons or good timber cases that can be afforded tight block stowage, there of little need for additional securing arrangement. But, if your lightweight cartons contains frail contents, plastic jars, bottles or barrels that needs to be stowed at the full internal height, there will be a necessary need for a mid-height flooring as to avoid damaging compression and collapse of the lowermost item.

But what happens when the bags, cartons or cases do not occupy the full internal space? When this happens, chocking and bracing with timbers or air bags is necessary but if heavy item are involved, it is often secured with a downward wire lashing or strapping to ‘D’ rings attached to the upper parts of the floor bearers.

As mentioned earlier, though it is not rocket science, it can be complicated. So why not makes thing easier for you by just engaging our service.

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Have a great day my readers.


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