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Packaging Freight

Learning how to pack freight can be easy by following a few simple guidelines. It can protect your freight from being damaged by other freight. Taking the time to package your freight properly accomplishes several goals:

  • It protects your freight from being damaged during transit
  • It ensures your freight is kept together so it isn’t separated and lost during transit
Common packaging methods include:
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Crating

Use this method for heavier items or things that could be damaged easily. Use your own crate or take advantage of You Crate service. You Crate will deliver the crate to your door and pick it up for transport after it is fully packed.

Double walled corrugated cardboard

This is a good option for items that need some protection. Make sure to wrap the items carefully if they are delicate, and also pack so that there is no movement inside the box. Strap the box to a pallet - metal or nylon strapping bands are preferred.

Double-Boxing

Double box when packing very fragile items like china, artwork, electronics and other breakables. Bubble wrap these items individually, then place them inside a smaller box, adding packaging peanuts around the items. Place that box inside a larger box with more peanuts around all sides. Tape the box securely.

Single corrugated cardboard (standard grade)

Single corrugated cardboard is generally safe for items that are not breakable but still need to be packed in a box. Do not over pack the box. Securely tape the seams.

Palletizing

Heavy items like machinery, engines, large televisions and appliances already packed and boxed can be consolidated onto a pallet. Boxes should not overhang the pallet. If there are several boxes together on a pallet, make sure to label every box before wrapping the unit in shrink wrap. Shrink wrap all boxes together firmly and strap in place. After shrink-wrapping your shipment should feel like one solid unit.

Labeling and Identification

Your Bill of Lading and your freight container should both be labeled with a bar code and a tracking number. Drivers will supply these labels. Make sure these labels are attached well to all sides of your freight so they do not become lost during transit. Include the destination zip code on all labels if not already included.

Remember, when packaging your freight:

  • Make labels easy to see and easy to read by putting them on all sides
  • Use the right material for the product you are shipping
  • Do not over pack
  • When possible, use a pallet as for dunnage.

Follow these tips and tricks for packing freight and you’ll be well on your way to a successful freight shipment.

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