What is Stowage? Pt 4 of 4

What is Stowage? Pt 4 of 4

9/11/2014 Umut Türker 2540 Times Read

Climate:  In hot weather, things can expand while in cold weather things can contract. If you are travelling from Singapore to Nome, Alaska then that could have an adverse effect on your cargo.


Unpacking:  As I mentioned earlier, you should not pack heavy things at the back of the container and lighter things at the front. That, and its reverse, would be bad for storage and transportation. Moreover, when it comes to unpacking the container, everything may fall out of the doorway, haphazardly. You need to ensure that the goods are properly stored and packed.


Center of gravity:  Ensure that the weight of the cargo is evenly distributed and that the center of gravity is at or close to the physical center. If the weight is disproportionate toward the back, to the front, or to the left or right side then that could cause problems in loading and in storage. If most of the weight were at the top then those things may crush the lighter things at the bottom.


Empty spaces:  Ideally, there will be no empty spaces, and everything will fit perfectly in place. However, there are many times when there are unavoidable spaces. For these, use Styrofoam "popcorn", cardboard boxes, or similar packing devices.

Weight limits:  Even the massive containers on trucks, railway cars and planes have weight requirements, so do not overstock them.


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Outside forces:  There are numerous reports of containers eventually being washed ashore after the ship encountered a hurricane or rough seas. Similar things can happen in happen in storage if the warehouse is located in a place known for having tornados or cyclones.

Now that you know more about stowage, contact a FreightArea.com representative to find out how you can effectively and efficiently store and transport your goods.