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    20 February 2024

    Perfect freight management services start with perfect packing

    With 18 depots and a network that spans more than 100 countries, Northline delivers freight throughout Australia and across the globe every day. In every aspect of the business’s freight management services, Northline takes great care to ensure that every piece of freight is delivered to its destination safely, on time, and in perfect condition. 

    Freight will often be travelling thousands of kilometres, passing through several handling points along the way, and if it’s not packaged correctly, damage can occur. 

    To ensure your goods arrive in perfect condition, Northline provides customers with extensive and valuable information on how freight should be prepared and packed

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    9 freight management services packing tips

    Before your freight enters the freight management service chain, make sure you follow these key tips when preparing your goods. By doing so, you can help your items reach their destination in good condition. It will also improve the safety of drivers, freight handlers and others.

    1. If your items are in cartons, make sure the cartons are strong enough for the items they contain. 
    2. A limit is set for carton weight at less than or equal to 30 kilograms in dead weight for an individual carton.
    3. For all palletised goods, strap, shrink or stretch wrapping the pallet is a very good method. This ensures the items won’t move or fall during transit.
    4. If your items include equipment such as engines or gearboxes, make sure fuel and oil are drained before shipping.
    5. If any of your items include glass, take extra care. This will include bubble wrapping the item to ensure it is packaged or crated appropriately and ensuring your items are marked “Fragile – Contains Glass”.
    6. For any long items that are fragile or subject to damage if bent, reinforce them with timber. This will help to minimise flex while in transit.
    7. For the safety of everyone involved and the sake of the environment, ensure incompatible dangerous goods are not mixed on a pallet.
    8. Consider where your items are going and how far they will travel. What might be considered sufficient packaging for an item that’s being moved a short distance may not suffice if your item is travelling thousands of kilometres, through different weather systems, and passing through several points of handling.
    9. Similarly, consider other factors that may be important. For example, if your items will need to be transported over rough terrain, lifted by forklift on and off transport vehicles, or craned into and out of shipping.

    Contact us if you have any questions about packaging your freight.