Packaging is very essential in exports. Exporters should keep four potential problems in mind when designing an export shipping crate: breakage, moisture, pilferage and excess weight.
Moisture is a constant concern because condensation may develop in the hold of a ship even if it is equipped with air conditioning and a dehumidifier. Another aspect of this problem is that cargo may also be unloaded in precipitation, or the foreign port may not have covered storage facilities. Theft and pilferage are added risks.
- Pack in strong containers, adequately sealed and filled when possible.
- make sure the weight is evenly distributed.
- Goods should be palletized and when possible containerized.
- Packages and packing filler should be made of moisture-resistant material.
- Observe product-specific hazardous materials packing requirements.