Rigotec Ireland understand the importance of secure cargo – especially during a time when crucial shipments of medical equipment are being delivered daily. That’s why we partner with only the best warehouses and cargo loaders to ensure the safety of your shipments. By combining proper blocking, bracing, safety techniques, and insurance coverage, shippers can easily reduce the kinds of losses that unfortunately still occur during international shipping.
- Using checklists. To ensure all security and safety procedures are being performed, many shippers utilize checklists. These step-by-step processes can be used to ensure a shipment’s chain of custody remains intact, your container is seaworthy, and your goods are protected. Several common compliance documents can be found on our Value-Added page, including an Ocean container inspection checklist.
- Adhering to proper weight limits. Containers have a maximum gross allowable cargo weight limit which includes the product, packaging, any blocking and bracing, and dunnage materials. These weight limits are intended as general guidelines to promote safe and lawful transportation of your cargo. These weight limits may be further reduced by mode (ocean, rail, road). Failure to adhere to suggested weight guidelines can result in additional costs and increases in transit time due to damages, fines, and cargo rework.
- Employing proper blocking and bracing techniques. Just as different shipping modes have different weight limits, there may also be blocking and bracing procedures that are more appropriate and specific to your cargo. Assuming your cargo does not max out the width and length of your shipping container, it is likely shifting will occur during transit. It is important to use proper wooden, plastic, or metal blocking, bracing, and/or lashing materials to keep cargo from sliding, wheels from spinning, and to ultimately decrease damage to cargo.