What Is Container Stuffing?

by Michael Kotendzhi | Logistics
What Is Container Stuffing

“Container Stuffing” is the common term for the loading of containers for transport by cargo ship. Container stuffing is the opposite of “container stripping” which is the unloading of cargo from a container.

Loading containers for shipment is considerably more complicated than it sounds. Containers have to be stable with the weight of cargo evenly and carefully distributed. Certain types of products cannot be shipped together. Furthermore, it is important that the container is filled as full as possible, but not so full that goods would be damaged or the stripping would be slowed down.

For international shipments, stuffing is often done under the watchful eye of customs officials who then seal the container. There is an art and science to safe, efficient, and fast container stuffing. When containers are stuffed in a very efficient manner, then there is some cost savings to the business owner who is shipping products. Wasted space and wasted time or unbalanced loads cost the shipper money. If heavy loads are packed on top of lighter loads, then the lighter loads can be crushed and damaged during transport.

Those in the shipping and logistics business will be experts on container stuffing. The container stuffing is just one of many aspects that makes a shipping and logistics company desirable for the manufacturer. Skilled container stuffing makes shipping safe and efficient for your product, and that spells money savings for your company. Give us a call at (604) 439-8938 if you would like to discuss container stuffing.

For over 30 years, 18 Wheels Logistics has strived to be the most customer-centric trucking, warehousing, and logistics company around. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 18 Wheels relies on experience and integrity to make customers happy and remain on the cutting edge of shipping and logistics management.

If you have any questions about this article or you would like to talk to us about your shipping needs, please call us at (604) 439-8938.

Michael Kotendzhi is President of Operations & Transportation and a partner at 18 Wheels. Michael has over 15 years of experience and is equipped with a degree in Logistics from the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business. As well as a background in logistics from XPO Logistics (formally Kelron Logistics), North America's largest contract warehousing provider.

Michael's experience includes supply chain management, reverse logistics, & domestic transportation. He has developed 18 Wheels' trucking solutions, effectively utilizing the sister company's vehicle fleet and building a transportation supply-chain network across North America.