Author Name: Dion Suen

Cargo packaging or freight packaging is one of the most important factors when it comes to shipping of the goods. The customer requires a secure and reliable method of carriage, so he can receive non-damaged goods, on the other hand the shipper requires that the space on his cargo is fully utilized in order to make maximum profit.

FreightAmigo can support the transportation of cargo with different packaging! Check out the MOST COMMON CARGO PACKING TYPES for arranging your next shipment:


1) Carton – Card / Fiber Board Boxes

The most common economical container for shipping continues to be the cardboard box. This is understandable as shippers seek efficient, but inexpensive and lightweight packaging. However, the usage of card board boxes is limited by:

  • the weight that it can withhold,
  • the incompatibility with common lifting equipment,
  • Extreme weather conditions that can damages card boards
  • Transport type
  • Regulations of the country of origin or destination

***That’s why FreightAmigo will always recommend client to surround the goods with protective materials e.g. plastic wrap, bubble wrap…


2. Bagged Cargo:

The product itself must be durable to withstand external pressure and compression, because the bags will only hold the contents in one place and not protect against external damage. These products can usually be fertilizers, cereals (rice, corn, wheat), seeds, dried fruits, sugar, coconut, coffee, fresh vegetables, flour, copra, small items such as shells, raisins.


3. Wooden Cases:

They have stood the test of time and their main advantage is that they have the strength of a wall to withstand imposed loads. They are more expensive than cardboard packaging because of the cost of wood. Wooden boxes are particularly suitable when the goods are transported by conventional methods and when they are sensitive to heat, humidity, etc. types of wooden crates, including plywood, increasingly used by exporters.


4. Wooden Crates:

They are suitable for wooden packaging embedded in the skeleton. An open box can be used when the contents are elastic enough to require minimal packaging to facilitate handling and stacking. It is sometimes used as an outer packaging to consolidate cartons or to enhance the protection of cartons. The skeleton box is often used to transport large machines.


5. Steel Drums:

New steel drums are generally excellent for export and delivery. Used drums, if not carefully restored and tested, can be a bad choice. Fatigue caused by thorn bumps and damage from previous closures, which makes your load vulnerable.


6. Bales:

A well-processed bullet is well developed in most export operations and shipments. However, all bullets can be subject to snagging holes and water damage. They are not recommended for high value products.


7. Palletizing Cargo:

Many products or commodities can be economically palletized to facilitate their handling, stowage, and protection. Packing cost may be significantly reduced by palletizing or unitizing.


8. Container:

Rather than saying container is a type of cargo packaging, it is the most common “big box” for shipping goods worldwide. For example, a fully-loaded 20 feet container can ship 33 standard 1 x 1 x 1 m pallets.

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