When transporting goods and cargo there’s a lot of things to consider, not only do you have to organise the transportation of the goods but also the packing, route and reception by whomever or wherever it is being sent to. Before the journey begins to make sure that everything you’re sending and transportation is properly packaged. You might be wondering how to pack a truck for long distance moving.
Depending on the type of cargo you have there are many different types of packaging you will consider using. In this post, we’ll talk a bit about the different types and usages of packaging for cargo as well as how to make sure that your goods and cargo reach their destination safely and in compliance with local standards.
Before you being to pack the cargo, it is important to consider whether it falls into a particular category. For example, breakaway cargo that needs to be unassembled, loaded, transported and then reassembled once it reaches its destination or whether it is a heavy lift item that requires a special system of the vehicle to move it from one location to the other. This is very important as you risk the safety of your cargo and goods if you overlook this step. When you’re transporting goods like glass or good you need to make sure that they’re wrapped properly. Glass would need to be placed in a soft or a cushioned box so that it may not move and crack in transit.
Food needs to be refrigerated and kept at a constant temperature. There are many options available for each type of cargo and their specific needs.
Bagged goods like rice, maize and wheat do well at holding their content together but doesn’t do much for the safety of the contents. They can be protected by placing them in wooden crates or on pallets if they’re secured properly can lessen the impact of the journey on them.
You can use fibreboard boxes and cartons for most types of cargo as they are able to withstand a lot of wear and tear that normal transport can have. They are also relatively cheap which makes them great for large quantities of products are not fragile.
Wooden crates are used mainly by international exporters since they are pricier than cardboard. They are usually used to things like stationery, contents of furniture etcetera. Wooden crates and pallets are can be used to stack boxes and technology equipment as they’re easy to stack.
Drums are also a great method for transporting latex, chemicals, whisky, detergents, oil, molasses, casings, paints, powders, granules and other solids such as chemicals, cement, some ores and scrap metal.
Shrink wrapping are used to secure items in transit, it is usually used for smaller items and not to secure the items to the truck but rather to whatever is holding them down.
Humidity is a major concern for machinery and cargo like that, they are usually vacuum sealed and/ or wrapped with silica gel in the packaging to avoid corrosion.
Let’s assume that you have taken all the necessary precautions when packing your cargo. All that’s left now is to make sure that it is ready for the journey.
Assuming That you’re sending cargo a long distance then we recommend that you cover your trucking vehicle with a high-quality tarp and cover to make sure that nothing can affect it. Usually, goods are of high quality and very important to the business. You have to ensure that you do your best to make sure that it is safe from not just the journey but also from the natural elements.
Another thing to consider is that you should have strap tie downs to make sure that your goods don’t move unexpectedly or dangerously during transit. Tie downs have a rated amount that they can hold, make sure that you anchor your cargo to the vehicle safely and in a secure manner.
Tying down your cargo with ratchet straps is important. They are many types of them. Two common types of tie down straps are loop straps and two-piece straps.
Loop straps, like their name implies, are a single piece of webbing that is looped around the item to be protected and the two endpoints are brought together at the tie down fastener for fastening and providing tension.
A two-piece tie down strap is a single assembly that is constructed out of two separate pieces of webbing each with their own hardware that is fastened at one end to the area surrounding the equipment to be protected and connected to each other, typically at the fastener.
Tie down webbing is available in single ply and double ply strengths and is used to make 1,2,3, and 4-inch tie down straps
Webbing with a linking device is used for the fastening of goods with trucks, trailers, pallets, boxes and containers. This is also known as ratchet lashing, ratchet straps, ratchet tie downs, tie down straps and lashing with webbing.
Making sure that your cargo can get safely from you to where it needs to be is important. Contact us today for all your ratchet tie downs and transport rope needs.