Packing Containers: 3 Things to Know About Containerization
When you ship goods, there are some risks your items might be damaged in transit. But how serious can that be? One analysis shows 2% to 11% of all packing containers sustain visible damage by the time they arrive at distribution centers. Disruptions that damage shipping containers include:
- Mishandling at Ports/Airports
- Understaffed shipping centers
- International conflict
Fortunately, a secure, well-packed container can protect the goods inside it—even when the crate itself takes some damage. How can containerization protect your property? Read on to learn exactly what you need to know.
4 Keys to Smart Containerization
Wondering how to choose the right packing containers for the job at hand? Affordability and eco-friendliness are a given for most people. But, they aren't the only critical factors. Fortunately, affordable, recyclable, and biodegradable options abound. To choose the best of the bunch, take these three steps.
1. Choose the Right Crate Materials
For long-distance shipping, and for transporting bulky or fragile items, well-structured wood crates are ideal. Wood crates are sturdier and eco-friendlier than plastic. They're also easier to store, repurpose, and recycle than metal crates. Cardboard packaging is also eco-friendly. But, cardboard is more flimsy than wood. So, it should only be used for lightweight loads. Moreover, wood packing containers are more weatherproof than cardboard, so they're optimal for overseas shipping and warehouse storage—even in less-than-ideal shipping circumstances.
2. Wood Quality
When assessing packing wood quality, look for certification. Ideally, packing engineers use grade #1 or grade #2 lumber to ensure the crate is structurally sound. Organizations like the Canadian Lumber Standards Accreditation Board (CLSAB) and the international Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PFEC) certify lumber for quality and sustainability. Professionals also grade softwoods, like Spruce-Pine-Fir (SPF), with the American Softwood Lumber Standard PS 20.
3. Evaluate Packing Container Construction
The construction of a packing container also matters. The strongest crates use long nails to clinch lumber together. This prevents weaknesses or leaks where the material is joined. One risk of "pack yourself" moving containers stems from the layperson's inexperience with fastening. Fortunately, pre-built containers can mitigate that risk.
4. Examine Packing Containers' Interiors and Wraps
To ship items safely, it's important to cushion them. This protects cargo from the bumps and jostling their containers may experience during transport. It's also vital to treat (or wrap) containers. This prevents moisture from infiltrating the boxes. Moisture cultivates mould or damaging items with rust and dampness. Different exterior treatments and interior cushions are appropriate for different goods. A packing professional might recommend:
- Liquid spray barriers
- Humidity plugs
- Shockmount foams
- Bubble wrap
- Vapour corrosion inhibitor sheeting
It's worthwhile to consult a professional to determine the best tool for the job.
Professional Packing in Mississauga
No matter what you need packed and shipped, Pack-All International has you covered. Our experts can determine which of our certified, high-quality packing containers can best meet your needs. Then, we'll work with you to streamline the entire process. Get the best for your cargo. Contact us for a free quote, and learn more about our products and services.