In container shipping the terms, “Shippers load, stow and count” applies.

This means that the shipper is responsible for the safe packing and loading of the container; the shipping line merely provides the box for you to load the goods in. At Emerald Cargo, we are able to advise and assist on the best way of stowing cargo to ensure it reaches the final destination safely.

It starts with the products and the cartons. Are the cartons the correct strength for the height you want to load them on the pallet? Is the carton the right size for the pallet etc.? Here are some tips and advice.

Make sure the cartons fit the pallet exactly.

This way you can load the maximum in a container of your product and you can keep the cargo secure. Cartons that are too small create spaces between the cartons between 2 pallets and cause product to slide or fall over. Cartons with overhang on pallets can cause damage to cartons whilst handling as pallets will not protect them anymore.

Make sure the cartons are the right quality (strength).

Make sure the cartons are the right quality (strength) for the product you are shipping and the height you want to load. Anything wrong in this area will cause the bottom cartons to collapse under the weight.

Use good shrink wrap around the pallets and wrap the pallets 3-4 times with the bottom cartons.

Securing the cartons with the pallets will stop the cartons sliding of in transit.

Make sure the pallets are rated for the weight you wish to load on them;

If you want to double stack the bottom pallet must be able to take the weight of 2 pallets.

What is the distribution system of your client?

Is it geared for euro pallets or standard pallets? Trucks have been send away to re-palletise at a substantial costs as all cartons of the load will have to be handled.