Are you loading your shipping containers the best way?

Loading containers in the most efficient way

Belgium and the Netherlands are real export champions. Every day, thousands of containers leave the seaports of Rotterdam and Antwerp, among others, to the United States and Canada. You load these containers using your own method, but are you sure that’s the most efficient way for your business? 

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Champions of export

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Export has become extremely important for Belgium and The Netherlands.

Chocolate, beer, biscuits, tulips, deep-frozen vegetables including mainly fries and croquettes. Everywhere in the world you will find these typical Dutch and Belgian products. The World Bank figures confirm that exports have become extremely important for the two economies. In both countries, exports abroad represent no less than 85 percent of GDP. The amounts also speak volumes: in 2017 Belgium and The Netherlands together exported just over 1 trillion dollars in goods (WTO figures). The U.S. is one of the most important trading partners for both countries.

Save time and money during loading and unloading
Behind these impressive figures lies an equally impressive logistics chain. Certainly overseas transport requires a lot of know-how. Just think of loading and unloading the shipping containers. Companies that make the right choices, can save a lot of time and money in every phase of their supply chain.

Methods for container loading

  1. 3 methods for filling containers

    3 methods for filling containers

    Roughly speaking, there are three methods for filling sea containers: by hand (handballing or manual filling), using a slipsheet (a thin cardboard or plastic sheet that is placed under the goods and with which they can be moved) or with pallets. Discover each method and its advantages and disadvantages.

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  2. Pallets

    Pallets

    + Simple and quick to use
    + Little chance of product damage
    + Easy to transfer products from one transport to another

    - Increases the weight of the container
    - No optimal use of space
    - High cost when using disposable pallets.

    Pallet pooling eliminates the purchase costs of pallets.

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  3. Manual Filling

    Manual Filling

    + Optimal use of container space

    - Labour-intensive
    - Freight often has to be palletized after transport.
    - High risk of product damage

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  4. Slipsheet

    Slipsheet

    + The slipsheet takes up little extra space and weighs nothing.
    + Low cost for one-time use

    - Not always having the right material at your disposal to load
    - Freight often has to be palletized after transport
    - Risk of product damage
    - Container not optimally filled

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Determining the right method for your overseas transport

The most appropriate method depends on the weight, nature of the product, volume and cost of transport and labour. For the transport of bags of corn, for example, with a low value and high volume, preference will mostly be given to transport with slipsheets.

Another factor is the number of shipping points during transport. If the freight has to be regularly transferred from one means of transport to another, pallets are the most appropriate choice, as you will have to transfer the goods onto a pallet after arrival. 

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Our experts will be happy to analyse your overseas flows and recommend the most efficient way.

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If the freight has to be regularly transferred from one means of transport to another, pallets are the most appropriate choice.

Pallet pooling suited for intercontinental freights

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You can call on pallet pooling not only for your export flows, but also for the import of goods.

If you choose pallets, you can also opt for pallet pooling. In that case, you do not buy the pallets yourself, but rent them, for example via CHEP. Some of the largest international brands already use CHEP pallets for their exports from and to the U.S. and Canada. Every year, almost 170,000 CHEP pallets with goods arrive in Europe from the United States.

Advantages for export flows
Pallet pooling for your export flows has the advantage that you do not have to take care of the administration, maintenance and storage of the platforms yourself. And once at their destination, they are simply taken to the nearest pool after use and not thrown away. CHEP has the largest pooling network, in more than 50 countries, where pallets are checked, repaired when necessary and put back into circulation. This not only saves you money, but also valuable wood.

Pallet pooling also for import
You can call on pallet pooling not only for your export flows, but also for the intercontinental import of goods. If you receive containers in which the products are separately, you can rent pooling pallets and use them for further European or national distribution. Even if you receive your goods on pallets, you can ask your suppliers to deliver on pooling pallets. This way you can immediately continue with the distribution of your products. Ultimately, the pallets are also simply reused in the country of destination.

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