Thursday, August 16, 2012

Basic Guidelines for Export Packing

When packaging a product for export you need to keep in mind the four major factors: protection, security, mode of transport, and cost. There are also considerations when it comes to waste legislation and special requirements when it comes to packing wood, dangerous goods, and food and other perishable goods.
Generally, items packed for export should be packed by a good standard taping machine, instead of being packed manually using human effort. The taping machine packaging adds to the endurance needed for the package to handle stress factors such as repeated loading and unloading, being unloaded in the rain and stored in the open, stacked, pushed, shoved, dragged, dropped, and processed on a conveyer belt or even sent down a chute.
One of the main purposes of exporting your goods is to avoid damage. Containers and pallets are primarily standard so that they combine efficiency with excellent cargo protection.
Necessary steps need to be taken to prevent goods being stolen or tampered with. There are now available taping machines and packaging equipment with special anti-pilferage engineering that can help increase the security of your packaged goods. Shrink-wrapping and secure straps also act as deterrents. Export packaging should be kept as plain as possible - providing details of the contents, like brand names, encourages theft. Containerization helps with this, and using container seals makes tampering even less likely.
Mode of transport
How a product is packaged also depends on the destination and the method of transportation. For example, bulk ocean shipments of liquids, grain and ores don't need any packaging. And goods transported by air generally need less protective packaging than those sent by ship.
It is a false economy to try to cut costs by using sub-standard packaging. The standard options (like buying a good taping machines, cartons grouped on pallets and then loaded into containers) have become the standard because they are reliable. However, unless your goods require special care, you are unlikely to gain much by opting for above-standard packaging. You can buy, lease, or hire most types of packaging so it makes sense to shop around.

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