Before you even think about loading a shipping container, you have to be sure you inspect it and know exactly what you are about to do. You have to be 100% sure that there are no holes present in the container before you allow any driver to leave with the shipping container. Any shipping container that has not been loaded properly can cause damage to the cargo or injury along the way to its final destination. However, there are 11 useful tips you can implement to make sure that cargo is loaded up securely.

• Cumbersome and large items need to be loaded first and placed on the floor to prevent them from crushing light and small items. The items need to be placed gently against the front wall of the shipping container.

• Carry on loading the larger and heavy items on the floor while placing light cargo on top of it.

• Mattresses need to be put on the sides of the containers to secure the loads

• Always make sure that cargo is tightly packed so that nothing is moving while the vehicle is in motion. Try not to leave any spaces and fill them up with items like toys, empty boxes, blankets and pillows. Loading and packing the shipping container very well can be the difference between cargo arriving in good shape or not.

• Items that will be needed at the destination first need to be put at the back so that they are easily accessible. These items can include things like toys for children, gloves, radio, coffee mugs, cleaning materials and even tea bags.

• Boxes are much easy to carry compared to bags and are easy to stack. Always try to pack as many things as possible in boxes to have plenty of extra space in the shipping box. The boxes that you use for your shipping needs to be brand new because the chances of them collapsing will be lower compared to those that were already used.

• If you are having doubts about your items reaching their final destination in one piece, you can always pack extra layers of material around the cargo for protection.

• Label the boxes to make it easy for you to remember what the contents inside are so that when you know which box goes where when you arrive at your final destination.

• To prevent your cargo from rubbing against one another, you can use bubble wrap, blankets and cardboards. It is important to make sure that everything fits so that there is no movement in the shipping container during transit.

• If possible, some items can be tied to the sides of the shipping container using straps. That enables you to load and transport extra items.

• Since the floor of many shipping containers is made out of wood, you can always make wooden braces of your own to secure items in the shipping container safely.

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