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PACKING YOUR GOODS FOR TRANSPORT - TIPS AND ADVICE

Whether   your   goods   travel   a   few   streets   or   hundreds   of   kilometers,   one   turn   or   pothole   could   mean   bad   news.   By   packing   well,   you   can prepare your load for the onslaughts of the road (such as swaying, vibrations, and braking) and other items in the trailer. Here are some tips to protect your products adequately for LTL transport. Palletised Goods – Pay Attention to Size and Weight Goods must always be firmly secured to the pallet with straps, plastic wrap, blocks or nuts. The pallet must be able to support the weight of the goods. There should be a few centimeters between the goods and the edge of the pallet; goods should never exceed the edge of the pallet. No nail or plank should exceed the pallet. If   the   goods   are   very   high   on   the   pallet   or   if   their   centre   of   gravity   is   so   high   that   they   may   topple   over,   choose   a   larger   pallet   for   better stability. Adequately Protect Bulk Bags (Feed, Flour, Etc.) Never send unassembled boxes, i.e., distinct components. Bags siting directly on a pallet may tear; to protect bags, place a carton on the pallet before loading the first bags. Bags may fall through a pallet with spaced planks. Bags must not exceed the edge of the pallet or be too close to it. Use Plastic Wrap Never send unassembled boxes, i.e., distinct components. Plastic   wrapping   is   ideal   for   firmly   consolidating   parts   and   preventing   boxes   from   getting   lost   during   transport.   Wrap   the   goods   with   several layers. The wrap must prevent goods from slipping into the pallet. Start at the bottom of the stack and continue up by layering over half the wrap width at every turn. Wrap the top of your load several times and check that the top boxes are completely covered. Enter the Special Indications Your   goods   may   be   handled   many   times   by   many   different   hands   before   it   gets   to   the   end   destination.   Please   ensure   for   your   benefit   that   the box/carton   you   choose   to   package   your   goods   in   is   the   correct   size   for   the   item   you   are   sending.   There   are   different   sized   boxes   for   a reason.   Choose   a   box   that   has   enough   room   for   your   item   and   some   protective   packaging.   Also   try   and   package   heavy   items   into   smaller boxes (preferably double-walled boxes) and lightweight bulkier items into larger boxes. The   box/carton   must   be   sturdy   and   robust   and   preferably   'corrugated'   with   flaps   intact.   Never   use   boxes   that   are   damaged,   thin,   old,   worn   or damp;   and   never   use   fruit   boxes   or   miscellaneous   boxes   from   a   supermarket.   If   in   doubt,   try   your   local   storage   company   (e.g.   Kennards, Millers, Storage King, etc) as they also sell packaging materials and boxes. With   thousands   of   boxes   and   pallets   to   load   and   unload   each   day,   carriers   greatly   appreciate   indications   that   distinguish   your   specific   needs. Here are labels for those special cases: - Fragile - Do not stack - This side up - Protect from freezing The labels should be written in large print and should be in a color (orange, for example) that will be easily spotted. Some Additional Tips on Packaging What information should be on the packaging? The origin, destination and identification for transport of hazardous materials. Even though the distance is generally greater and includes more road bumps, our basic advice remains the same. When   sending   your   goods   around   South Africa   with   a   courier/freight   company,   your   items   will   be   handled   numerous   times   before   they   arrive to the destination. There are major differences between a furniture removalist company and a courier/freight company. Furniture   removalists   generally   take   a   full   load   from   your   home/office   to   the   destination   in   the   same   truck.   Your   goods   may   be   handled   2-4 times from pickup to delivery. If   you   are   sending   across   South   Africa   (or   even   within   your   state)   with   a   courier/freight   company,   your   goods   may   be   loaded   and   unloaded anywhere   from   4-15   times   in   and   out   of   up   to   5   different   trucks   or   rail   containers.   Hence   it   is   extremely   important   to   package   your   goods   well for the rigorous journey that they are about to take. A sturdy box/carton is your first requirement, then the way you package your goods is also important: Don't Overload the Box Don't   overload   the   box   with   too   many   items   or   too   much   weight.   It's   always   better   to   package   multiple   items   individually   (if   possible)   and   use more   than   one   box   if   required.   This   way   each   individual   item   can   receive   the   benefit   of   proper   protection   from   packaging   material   and   the box. Original Packaging Material/Boxes Sending   equipment   such   as   DVD   players,   TV's,   computers   and   electrical   equipment   is   best   sent   in   its   original   packaging   and   box.   If   you don't   have   this,   then   you   can   purchase   packaging   material   and   boxes   from   storage   companies   such   as   Kennards,   Millers,   Storage   King,   etc; or look for 'packaging companies' in your local town. Bubble-wrap is a must for sensitive or fragile items. Using Household Packaging Material If   you   don't   want   to   go   to   the   expense   of   purchasing   packaging   material,   a   last   resort   is   to   use   shredded   paper   or   scrunched   up   newspaper. The   problem   with   this   type   of   packaging   material   is   it   does   not   hold   its   shape   and   can   become   compacted   during   transportation. This   creates a void inside the box which can jeopardize the integrity of the box and make it more likely to become crushed or open-up during transit. Cushioning the Contents Whatever   packaging   material   is   used,   ensure   there   is   enough   cushioning   material   around   the   item/s   so   they   don't   move   if   the   box   is   shaken or   bumped.   A   recommendation   is   to   cushion   with   at   least   5-8   centimetres   of   packaging   material   all   around   the   item   (fragile   items   require more   cushioning).   Quite   often   during   a   long   journey   in   a   truck,   there   will   be   'shunting'   when   the   truck   stops.   Cushioning   is   very   important   to stop    shock    from    the    outside,    passing    through    to    the    contents    causing    damage    (this    is    especially    the    case    for    fragile    items).    A recommendation in the transport industry is that all items are packaged to withstand a one metre drop. Securing the Box Proper   closure   of   the   box   is   essential   for   safe   transportation.   Use   a   'wide'   pressure   sensitive   plastic   tape   (this   can   be   purchased   from   storage or   packaging   companies).   Do   not   use   masking   tape,   Scotch   tape,   duct   tape   or   string.   When   taping   the   box,   ensure   you   go   all   the   way   around the box and along the seals (particularly for re-used or old boxes) to stop the box opening during transit.
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TRANSPORT - TIPS AND ADVICE

Whether   your   goods   travel   a   few   streets   or   hundreds   of kilometers,   one   turn   or   pothole   could   mean   bad   news. By   packing   well,   you   can   prepare   your   load   for   the onslaughts   of   the   road   (such   as   swaying,   vibrations, and braking) and other items in the trailer. Here   are   some   tips   to   protect   your   products   adequately for LTL transport. Palletised    Goods    –    Pay    Attention    to    Size    and Weight Goods   must   always   be   firmly   secured   to   the   pallet   with straps, plastic wrap, blocks or nuts. The   pallet   must   be   able   to   support   the   weight   of   the goods. There   should   be   a   few   centimeters   between   the   goods and   the   edge   of   the   pallet;   goods   should   never   exceed the edge of the pallet. No nail or plank should exceed the pallet. If   the   goods   are   very   high   on   the   pallet   or   if   their   centre of   gravity   is   so   high   that   they   may   topple   over,   choose   a larger pallet for better stability. Adequately Protect Bulk Bags (Feed, Flour, Etc.) Never      send      unassembled      boxes,      i.e.,      distinct components. Bags    siting    directly    on    a    pallet    may    tear;    to    protect bags,   place   a   carton   on   the   pallet   before   loading   the first bags. Bags may fall through a pallet with spaced planks. Bags   must   not   exceed   the   edge   of   the   pallet   or   be   too close to it. Use Plastic Wrap Never      send      unassembled      boxes,      i.e.,      distinct components. Plastic   wrapping   is   ideal   for   firmly   consolidating   parts and   preventing   boxes   from   getting   lost   during   transport. Wrap the goods with several layers. The   wrap   must   prevent   goods   from   slipping   into   the pallet. Start   at   the   bottom   of   the   stack   and   continue   up   by layering over half the wrap width at every turn. Wrap   the   top   of   your   load   several   times   and   check   that the top boxes are completely covered. Enter the Special Indications Your    goods    may    be    handled    many    times    by    many different   hands   before   it   gets   to   the   end   destination. Please   ensure   for   your   benefit   that   the   box/carton   you choose   to   package   your   goods   in   is   the   correct   size   for the    item    you    are    sending.   There    are    different    sized boxes   for   a   reason.   Choose   a   box   that   has   enough room    for    your    item    and    some    protective    packaging. Also   try   and   package   heavy   items   into   smaller   boxes (preferably     double-walled     boxes)     and     lightweight bulkier items into larger boxes. The     box/carton     must     be     sturdy     and     robust     and preferably    'corrugated'    with    flaps    intact.    Never    use boxes   that   are   damaged,   thin,   old,   worn   or   damp;   and never   use   fruit   boxes   or   miscellaneous   boxes   from   a supermarket.     If     in     doubt,     try     your     local     storage company   (e.g.   Kennards,   Millers,   Storage   King,   etc)   as they also sell packaging materials and boxes. With   thousands   of   boxes   and   pallets   to   load   and   unload each   day,   carriers   greatly   appreciate   indications   that distinguish    your    specific    needs.    Here    are    labels    for those special cases: -   Fragile   -   Do   not   stack   -   This   side   up   -   Protect   from freezing The   labels   should   be   written   in   large   print   and   should be   in   a   color   (orange,   for   example)   that   will   be   easily spotted. Some Additional Tips on Packaging What information should be on the packaging? The   origin,   destination   and   identification   for   transport   of hazardous materials. Even    though    the    distance    is    generally    greater    and includes   more   road   bumps,   our   basic   advice   remains the same. When   sending   your   goods   around   South   Africa   with   a courier/freight    company,    your    items    will    be    handled numerous   times   before   they   arrive   to   the   destination. There     are     major     differences     between     a     furniture removalist company and a courier/freight company. Furniture    removalists    generally    take    a    full    load    from your   home/office   to   the   destination   in   the   same   truck. Your   goods   may   be   handled   2-4   times   from   pickup   to delivery. If   you   are   sending   across   South   Africa   (or   even   within your   state)   with   a   courier/freight   company,   your   goods may    be    loaded    and    unloaded    anywhere    from    4-15 times    in    and    out    of    up    to    5    different    trucks    or    rail containers.   Hence   it   is   extremely   important   to   package your   goods   well   for   the   rigorous   journey   that   they   are about to take. A   sturdy   box/carton   is   your   first   requirement,   then   the way you package your goods is also important: Don't Overload the Box Don't   overload   the   box   with   too   many   items   or   too   much weight.    It's    always    better    to    package    multiple    items individually   (if   possible)   and   use   more   than   one   box   if required.   This   way   each   individual   item   can   receive   the benefit    of    proper    protection    from    packaging    material and the box. Original Packaging Material/Boxes Sending     equipment     such     as     DVD     players,     TV's, computers   and   electrical   equipment   is   best   sent   in   its original   packaging   and   box.   If   you   don't   have   this,   then you   can   purchase   packaging   material   and   boxes   from storage   companies   such   as   Kennards,   Millers,   Storage King,   etc;   or   look   for   'packaging   companies'   in   your local    town.    Bubble-wrap    is    a    must    for    sensitive    or fragile items. Using Household Packaging Material If   you   don't   want   to   go   to   the   expense   of   purchasing packaging   material,   a   last   resort   is   to   use   shredded paper   or   scrunched   up   newspaper.   The   problem   with this   type   of   packaging   material   is   it   does   not   hold   its shape       and       can       become       compacted       during transportation.   This   creates   a   void   inside   the   box   which can   jeopardize   the   integrity   of   the   box   and   make   it   more likely to become crushed or open-up during transit. Cushioning the Contents Whatever   packaging   material   is   used,   ensure   there   is enough   cushioning   material   around   the   item/s   so   they don't    move    if    the    box    is    shaken    or    bumped.    A recommendation     is     to     cushion     with     at     least     5-8 centimetres   of   packaging   material   all   around   the   item (fragile    items    require    more    cushioning).    Quite    often during   a   long   journey   in   a   truck,   there   will   be   'shunting' when   the   truck   stops.   Cushioning   is   very   important   to stop   shock   from   the   outside,   passing   through   to   the contents   causing   damage   (this   is   especially   the   case for   fragile   items).   A   recommendation   in   the   transport industry   is   that   all   items   are   packaged   to   withstand   a one metre drop. Securing the Box Proper     closure     of     the     box     is     essential     for     safe transportation.   Use   a   'wide'   pressure   sensitive   plastic tape   (this   can   be   purchased   from   storage   or   packaging companies).   Do   not   use   masking   tape,   Scotch   tape, duct   tape   or   string.   When   taping   the   box,   ensure   you   go all    the    way    around    the    box    and    along    the    seals (particularly   for   re-used   or   old   boxes)   to   stop   the   box opening during transit.
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