A Guide To Help Prevent Freight and Cargo Damage

Posted by Port City Logistics on Sep 6, 2019 10:42:52 AM

Every day, large amounts of goods are transported around the World. With so many chemicals, oils, cars, and other important goods being transported, companies want these goods to be protected. Freight and cargo damage occurs periodically, due to multiple factors. While it is unlikely that you will be able to stop every mistake along the supply chain, there are some things that you can do to prevent the goods from being damaged.

Conduct Thorough Tests

Before loading up the shipment, test all of the goods that you are trying to ship. Also, consider conducting multiple trial shipments that are close to the weight and volume of the products that you are shipping.

Use Impact Indicators

Attach the impact indicators to the outside of the box. The indicators will let you know if the shipment has been mishandled. You should be able to identify the issue and solve it in a timely manner.

Fill In Any Empty Spaces

Keep in mind that any empty spaces around your goods could potentially lead to them falling or bumping into other goods while in transit. To minimize potential risks, fill in any voids around the goods with things such as airbags.

Seal Everything

Seal all of the goods with pressure sensitive tape to help make sure that they are secure. By properly sealing the packages, you can prevent the goods from developing an odor. Once the goods arrive, make sure that the packages are easy to open, so that people won't tear the materials when opening the shipment.

Stay On Top Of The Box Cutting

Speak with the delivery workers on properly using the box cutters to avoid damaging the goods or injuring themselves. Make sure that the boxes have some opening instructions for how to handle the goods inside.

Use Air-Ride Transportation

Roadway vibration can damage your goods. That's why it would be beneficial to choose an air ride suspension system. An air ride suspension system could potentially eliminate the risk of any vibration issues.

Use Forklifts

Ensure that the warehouses have clear aisles, so that the forklifts can move around easily. Make sure that you use the necessary equipment for its intended task to avoid breaking some of the products.

Do A Full Inspection

Make sure that every product in the chain of command has been thoroughly inspected for any signs of damage. If a product gets damaged, make a direct notation concerning the nature of the damage.

Container Rain

Container rain is the condensation and moisture that builds up in a sealed cargo container. The condensation can cause damage to the goods inside of the container. As the moisture blends in with the goods, it can cause mildew, fungus, and corrosion. Once the goods have been damaged by the condensation, they should be destroyed. You could potentially lose thousands of dollars in revenue.

In order to prevent the container rain from causing problems, wipe the ceiling before packing the goods into the container. That will help get rid of the excess moisture. Purchase pallets that don't absorb water to reduce the chances of container rain causing problems. Also, consider placing some dehumidifiers and desiccants inside of the container.

Port City Logistics

Port City Logistics can handle all of your shipping needs. Port City Logistics has multiple facilities along with a fleet for fixed routes and regional hauls. Port City Logistics has an innovative warehouse management system that allows customers to receive real time access to their inventory. Port City provides their clients with more than 2 million square feet of warehouse space. 


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Topics: Ocean Freight Shipping