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Tips and Advice Containerization

Cordstrap offer tailor made solutions for manufacturers using containers to provide total physical insurance
for any cargo - from vehicles to palletized beverages
- in any situation, whether transported by rail, sea,
road or any combination of these.

• Compliance with the latest version of the CTU code    
   is important for shippers – who are now explicitly
   responsible for delivering a cargo which is safe    
   and suitable for transport. All Cordstrap shipping    
   solutions are fully CTU code compliant.

• Containers should always be checked for damage    
   before cargo securing commences.

• Always pack goods in containers to achieve a tight    
   fit and prevent movement during transit.

• Gaps between loads should be filled using products    
   such as Cordstrap dunnage bags.

• Lashing should be applied only after consideration    
   and calculation of the forces and movements that may
   act on the cargo. Calculations should be based    
   on relevant codes or standards such as the CTU Code.
   Cordstrap’s team of cargo securing experts can advise
   for specific applications.

• Climate change can cause stresses on cargo    
   in transport, for example when a vessel passes    
   through different climate zones. The air temperature    
   within a container can vary by 20-30ºC from  
   the ambient temperature.

• Packing should always be undertaken with a view    
   to avoiding biological contamination. Some countries
   regulate timber used in packing to ensure freedom    
   from insects. The use of Cordstrap dunnage bags    
   eliminates this possibility.

• Hazardous goods must always be transported    
   in accordance with the relevant legislation.

• Certain types of cargo should never be packed    
   together – for example, moist (or moisture-emitting)    
   goods with dry (or moisture-sensitive) goods.

• Different securing materials have divergent    
   load-deformation properties – and different types    
   must thus not be used to secure the same item    
   of cargo.

• Cordstrap strapping and lashing comes in different    
   strengths, from 1,000 lbs (450 daN) to in excess    
   of 45,000 lbs (20,000 daN). Note that polypropylene    
   based straps, whilst superficially similar,  
   have completely different elongation properties    
   from Cordstrap strap.

• The best lashing for a particular solution depends    
   on nature and weight of products and mode
   of transportation.

• To determine the right size of dunnage bag    
   for a particular cargo:    
   - measure the void between the cargo elements    
   - measure the distance from the floor to top of the load
   - measure the length of the pallets
     (or other cargo type) to be secured

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