Tips For Securely Loading Your Items Into A Shipping Container

You might not think much about this information, but it can prove helpful when loading your next shipping container. Assess the container before loading anything. Scrutinize the inside to ensure the container does not have holes before loading.

Place mattresses all-round the sides of the container before loading, and ensure you have one at the back and another placed last when closing the container’s front doors.

You also should review your cargo, starting with the large, heavy items, and then load them on the floor against the containers starting from the back wall. Load them as you move forwards and place the lighter items on top of the heavy ones to ensure you maximize the available space.

Pack things tightly to limit any item from moving when the container is in transit. Load the items in tiers, working from the bottom to the top with the heavy items at the bottom and lighter ones on top of them. Take note of the spaces in each tier and place something that will fit and be secure. In some situations, you can use soft toys, empty boxes, blankets, or pillows to fill the remaining gaps.

Organizing everything and packing them appropriately for loading into the container is essential in ensuring your shipment arrives in good shape. Have a box where you will place the things you will need to be situated at the front to unload them first when you get to your destination. The carton can contain cleaning materials, kids’ toys, utensils, or snacks.

It is best to work with 2 wall gaylord boxes because they are easy to carry and stack on each other when loading into the container. You do not want to use flimsy boxes that are likely to collapse when being loaded or during shipping. Consider wrapping your items with another layer of packing material if you are not too confident about the box’s sturdiness.

Label each box, listing its contents for easy identification when loading and unloading. It will help you know which carton has the fragile items that must be handled with care and more attention. Keep your belonging from rubbing against each other by covering them with bubble wrap, bedsheets, or blankets. You can use the same wrapping materials to fill any empty spots left after loading the boxes in the container. What you want is to ensure everything fits in snug and tight.

In some situations, you might need to tie items to the rings spaced along the container’s sides, floor, and ceiling using sturdy straps. You can make some wooden braces that you can use to secure items to the shipping container’s wooden floor. 

Consider using any of these two loading strategies:

#1. Floor Load – You will keep everything low to the container floor to ensure every inch is covered. It will keep things from shifting side to side when the ship is out at sea.

#2. Bulkheading -You stack your belongings from the floor to the ceiling, then set up a secure wall to keep them from falling into the open space. The restraining wall can be made of 4x4wood or ply boards.