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Proper Container Loading Practices and Container Packing Guidelines


Universal Cargo Management's mission statement is: To enrich the lives of those within our company as well as those we do business with.

This mission statement has lead UCM to a commitment of going beyond the duties of a freight forwarder and providing all sorts of resources for international shippers.

With over 25+ years of experience as a freight forwarder, our knowledge and expertise in importing and exporting could save you a great deal of time and money.

Among the resources we provide, Universal Cargo Management has a Container Loading Guidelines Page to help those who are new at containerized shipping.

As the shipper, you are responsible for the loading of your shipping container. While you have the freedom to load as you see fit, improper loading could cause damage to the goods you're importing or exporting, slow downs at customs, and ultimately wastes your time and money.

Container LoadingThe Container Loading Page focuses on 3 key factors to consider when loading a container:

  1. Weight Distribution
  2. Space Utilization
  3. Cargo Variation & Compatibility

The information on the Container Loading and Packing Guidelines Page is practical, straightforward, and designed to help you avoid losses of time and money described above.

You can see how easy it is to read and get an understanding of proper container loading from the below sample of the Weight Distribution section of the page.

1. Weight Distribution – The weight of your cargo should be evenly spread over the entire area of the container’s floor.

If the weight of your cargo is densely concentrated, distribute its weight with bedding.

You may not exceed the maximum mass/weight capacity of a container (Payload) with the cargo you load into it.

Rating – Tare = Payload

The page also contains a glossary to help with the details and definitions of terms like rating, tare, and payload.

To continue reading and learn about Space Utilization and Cargo Variation & Compatibility, click here.

For a free freight rate quote, click here.


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Posted @ Wednesday, April 15, 2015 2:48 AM by Riikka Heiskanen
It grieves me to say that there are several companies out there who don't comply with the guidelines. That's why looking into the background of the company you're taking services from is of utmost importance. Especially when it comes to transporting refrigerated goods, sometimes the weight is not evenly distributed which, apart from not being in compliance with the rules, can also cause damage to the goods.
Posted @ Monday, May 11, 2015 10:44 PM by hunter
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