Guidelines On Mitigating The Risk Of Freight Damage And Loss

There are many negative consequences of freight damage for all parties involved. Claims resolution and mitigation of damage is inconvenient, and the cumulative transportation costs will rise due to the sustained damage and losses. The disagreements arising from the incidence is also likely to cause acrimony between you and the transportation provider. It is important to take proactive steps to significantly minimise the risks posed to the cargo during transit, so here are some simple guidelines to facilitate this.


Proper packing is the most fundamental step in protecting the cargo, so you should be diligent in implementing the best strategies. Understand the nature of the goods and know the level of freight sensitivity so that you will pack accordingly. For instance, you cannot use the same packaging methods for books and fresh farm produce. Hard and rigid items can withstand pressure and turbulence while more packaging protection and shock absorption cushioning will be required for fragile items to handle similar conditions.

The chosen pallets and crates should be stable and strong, whether they are plastic or wooden. Note that pallets built without the base boards will have uneven weight distribution so the stability will be compromised. If you are using cartons, ensure that the containers are secured sufficiently with reinforced tape. Masking and cellophane tape will not remain firmly in place when exposed to water, pressure or high temperature.


Shipment should be labelled appropriately to facilitate precise and timely delivery. You may often overlook the finer details of the process, and small mistakes will result in delays and even losses. If you are reusing a shipping container, ensure that you have removed or covered the old labels to prevent confusion. The new label should be placed on the topside, and when using a box, avoid the areas along the seam. You should also note that a single address label on the box is sufficient when written legibly and placed well.  Additionally, you can put an address form in the box if you feel that you need the extra precaution.

Transport Company

The freight transporter is an important factor in the protection of your goods. You should know the security procedures taken by the company to ensure that theft, damage, delays and wrong delivery is mitigated. If the company you are using is notorious for frequent losses, you should consider looking for a new service provider. Your ideal carrier should meet your standards to ensure that the inconvenience created by damaged and lost packages is minimised.

For more information, contact a business such as Star Freightlines.

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March 2015