If you are involved in the transportation of goods, then you will already understand the importance of choosing the right heavy transport container. If you are just starting out, or general cartage is something that you do on an occasional basis, then you may not have given much thought to your shipping containers. A heavy transport container is so much more than a simple box. Choosing the right container can make the difference between transporting your goods safely at a reasonable price and having to pay a lot more money, or even worse, having your goods damaged or lost in transit.
Choose a robust container
Any heavy transport container you choose must be capable of withstanding the rigours of general cartage. You will need to think about the materials used to make the container and whether they are appropriate for what you are transporting and the way in which it will be transported. Many containers are manufactured from food-grade polypropylene and that is perfect for many intensive industrial applications, but not for every situation. Often an entirely sealed container is vital to prevent dirt and grease from entering the container and contaminating the product. On other occasions, the goods being transported will actually need a ventilated base or sides to allow air to circulate.
Choose a stackable container
A heavy transport container can come in almost any shape or size, but you will find your products will be cheaper and easier to transport if you have containers that are a standard size and can be easily stacked. Stackable containers enable more efficient use of space and will ultimately save you a substantial amount of money if you have a lot of containers to transport. The more standardisation you can introduce into your transportation the more efficient you will make it. Choosing standard containers that are designed to fit on a regular pallet and which will stack with the minimum amount of wasted space is the best way to do this.
Think safety at every stage
Ensuring your containers stack properly isn't just important because it saves you money, it's also a vital part of your safety procedures. Unstable containers could be a major safety risk, and should always be avoided. It is also important to be aware of other risks that your containers could present. Look for a heavy transport container without sharp edges that could present a hazard, integral handles are also a useful feature to consider as this encourages safe handling throughout the journey. Planning ahead and ensuring the right container is used for every product is essential to transportation success.