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PRECAUTIONS TO BE TAKEN WHILE USING CONTAINERS FOR EXPORTS1What are the precautions to be kept in mind when using containers for export import consignments?


The exporter should observe the following precautions while sending goods through the containers.


Thorough Checking of Empty Container for stuffing


A thorough checking of empty container for stuffing of your export cargo.

A keen checking of Container has to be done before Packing. Pro

While checking, the following points are to be verified carefully:

Make sure, there are no holes before packing, some should get inside the container, close the doors and ensure that no light enters. It should be rejected if there are holes or other damage.

Locking doors and handles are easily operated.

No placards/ labels, meant for the earlier cargo, are left on the container.

Container is water proof.

Container is absolutely dry from inside, fit to export your cargo.

Container is odorless. In case, earlier goods have left any odor, the container is thoroughly washed and made odorless before packing goods. This care is extremely necessary in case goods packed are sensitive for odor.

Container is clean, free from dust and no cargo residue is left inside.


Care while Stuffing Cargo

Stuffing is concerned with packing of the cargo. Exporter should ensure:

Achieve optimal utilization of container capacity.

Plan for packing and unpacking to increase speed.

Not to pack wet goods with dry goods.

Container is lined with foil or paper, in case of specially sensitive goods.

Not to mix dusty goods with dust sensitive goods.

Not placing heavy packets on light packets.

Not to place protruding parts, edges or corners of goods with soft goods such as sacks or cardboard boxes.

Not to mix odor-emitting goods with odor sensitive goods.

Different types of packages are stacked separately. For example, wooden boxes and cardboard boxes are stacked separately.

Every precaution is taken to see that cargo is securely fixed inside the container.

Dunn aging is to be used whenever necessary and ensure that the goods are evenly distributed by weight over the floor of the box, with heaviest items on the bottom.



Checking of Container after Packing


After stuffing goods in the container, the exporter has to ensure the following:

A copy of Packing List is displayed inside the container, at the most visible place.

Quarantine Regulations, where applicable, are to be followed and the copy of quarantine Certificate is to be pasted inside the container.

Door handles are sealed to protect from risk of pilferage.

In case of open top containers, the top door (where opening exists) is fixed with tarpaulins.



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