People send emotionally valuable and expensive goods through cargo shipments. What is the one thing that guarantees your shipment will reach safe and sound to its destination? Quality and complimentary packaging. In Pakistan, cargo companies provide a set of guidelines when the customers have to choose the packaging material of their goods. It is imperative to select the most suitable packaging material when you are sending goods internationally, such as when shipping cargo to Pakistan from European countries, or vice versa.

The prime goal of the packaging experts, in the cargo industry, is to limit the movement of the goods within the packaging to reduce the possibility of damage to the loaded materials. The packing must be sufficiently tight and compact to mitigate any financial loss to the customers, as well as the cargo company.

To have a better insight into why packaging is such a critical aspect of the cargo industry, below is a list of some hazards that are a result of improper packaging of goods during shipment.

  • Packaging Hazards

 

Development of punctures and abrasions

 

Punctures and abrasions occur in the goods if the packing is light. Due to the absence of internal packaging, the products shift inside the storage compartment and end up with dents, punctures, holes, or abrasions during the transit of the goods.

 

Compression

 

If you stack the packages in an unorganized manner, compression can occur in the products. Undue shock, vibrations, and tying up the goods with heavy straps can also lead in the generation of a high compressive pressure that can damage the exporting products on a significant scale.

 

Poor handling

 

Drops or any similar type of impact can result in the breakage of the products. The chances of these drops happening are higher in air freights. The only way to minimize the damage of mishandling is to install preventative packaging that ensures maximum safety of the products being shipped.

 

  • Packaging Materials

 

With the right choice of packaging material and the ideal technique, you can save your goods from the hazards mentioned above. To know about some of the exceptional and tested packaging materials, read the list below.

 

Fiberboard corrugated boxes

 

Mostly popular as normal cardboards, fiberboard corrugated boxes are an exceptional choice when it comes to cargo shipments. There are the most widely used containers for shipping purposes, but not many people are aware of it. By the addition of two adjacent panels in the boxes, a compression point within 1” of the edges, is achieved. However, it does not have sufficient shelf-life. Its degradation rate is high, and within 6-7 months, its overall weight reduces to 50%. High degradation rate makes fiberboard corrugated boxes fit for one-time use only.

 

Wood

 

Wood crafting for packages for air freight is an excellent way to minimize the damage of impact sensitive products. Shipments that require great care during transit are wood-crafted, which allows the products to remain safe in a robust surrounding, without getting prone to damage as a result of sudden jerks and vibrations.

 

Air pallets

 

Using air pallets is a modern technique to safeguard the goods during transit of cargo shipments. These pallets are usually made from plastic or wood. Air pallets contribute in making the handling and transportation of goods easier, as the products don’t come in direct contact with any packing. Use of air pallets reduces the chances of cracks and breakages in the products immensely. However, it is crucial to make sure that no broken pallets are used to carry one packaging of the goods.

The next time you are shipping a gift or any valuable product to your loved ones, make sure they are packaged in the most adequate manner.