Transporting Cardboard Carton and Boxes
When it comes to packing items for transport, it is hard to imagine what we would do without different types of cardboard boxes. Cartons can be stored and shipped indvidually, or otherwise stacked and secured for pallet freight where a forklift can move the whole lot to where they need to be, saving time and resources.
Boxes are easily labelled, picked up and delivered, and are both reusable and recyclable. They are invaluable to the truck shipping industry where millions of cartons and boxes are packed and sent on their way every day.
Preparing Your Cardboard Boxes for Reasonable Handling
Cardboard boxes need to be packed securely with adequate support before sending. It is not enough for the boxes to be conditionally supported, eg. as long as they remain stationary throughout the journey, or as long as the handler picks it up a particular way. Once it has left your door, it needs to be able to withstand a reasonable amount of handling while still supporting the contents and staying closed.
Fill Empty Spaces with Gap Fillers
Avoid any gaps inside your cartons or boxes to prevent damage or movement in transit. Prevent your goods from sliding around within the cardboard carton by filling the gaps with newspaper, butchers paper or another void filler before you send them. Polystyrene foam is also used to restrict the movement of goods and can help to hold items in place. Goods that have not been packed adequately to prevent movement inside the box can result in items moving and breaking out of the carton.
Packing Fragile Goods
Take extra care with fragile items. These must be packed in some sort of cushioning or shock absorbent material such as bubble wrap, and placed in sealed cartons. Fragile items should be boxed separately to heavy or incompatible items. It is your responsibility to suitably package the fragile item and label the carton as ‘fragile’ to ensure care is taken when transporting.
Carton Weight and Size limits
Freight Quote Australia has a safe maximum weight and size limit for individual carton box handling. No employee, driver or contractor is permitted to manually handle an item likely to affect his or her health or safety. No carton is to exceed 30 kilograms in dead weight. Additionally, the carton needs to be of a size and dimension that can be safely carried by one person if required to do so.