Packing and marking
Packing is an important part of shipping. Goods for export are to be properly packed. Cargo packaging is aimed to protect your goods and keep valuable content from any negative effect and damage. When the product arrives with the same quality and appearance — it's not a surprise, it is the norm. Improper packaging leads to goods damage and results in financial losses.
Packing can be external and internal ones, in which the goods are sold. There are a lot of package types, for example pallets, cartons, bubble wrap, corrugated cardboard, stretch wrap, packaging tape, wooden frame.
Consumer goods packing has a double function. On the one hand, it ensures that the goods or products are totally protected in transit. On the other – it helps to advertise a product and attract a customer. So, never underestimate the value of proper and adequate packaging.
Labeling and packaging of goods is an important condition which guarantees that your cargo will be delivered safely and securely. Because of the use of the correct type of packaging for certain type of cargo and considered marking, warehouse workers will be able to understand how to deal with the cargo without damaging the contents. With skilled labeling and packaging of goods, your cargo will remain intact, and safely reach its destination.
Marking is the application of informational symbols, special signs, labels, tags and other marks on products, packaging or containers. These symbols are internationally accepted standards, expressed in an intuitive visual form.
Goals of cargo marking:
- Information about the contents of the package
- Minimizing risk of cargo damage
- Recommendations for careful handling during loading, unloading, unpacking, transport and storage
- Proper marking speeds up delivery of the goods to their destination
The marking of import cargo should include information about the goods in English, but in any case, it is highly recommended to confirm marking with logistics company. All cases, which need special handling, must have additional marking. For example, «handle with care», «top», «do not turn over», «do not use hooks» and others.
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Package Markings and Symbols
Usually represented by a shattered stemmed glass, the fragile icon is one of the most familiar shipping symbols. It is used to indicate that the product inside the package is fragile and can be easily damaged and, thus, needs to be handled with utmost care.
The thermometer symbol indicates that the item inside the box is temperature sensitive. The mark usually indicates the temperature at which the product should be stored. This symbol is generally found on packages that contain perishable items such as food and medicines.
Right Side Up
Commonly represented by two arrows pointing up, this sign defines which side of the package should face upward, so that the product inside is in the upright position during transit and handling thereby preventing damage.
Handle With Care
Usually rendered with a pair of hands cradling a box, the Handle With Care symbol also conveys that the package is delicate and requires careful handling.
The umbrella symbol denotes that the package contain items that must not be exposed to water or moisture. This sign is usually found on packages containing electronic devices, clothing and goods that corrode easily.