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What is blocking and bracing?

When shipping goods, it’s important to use blocking and bracing to keep the items from getting damaged. We use ISPM-15 certified and RoHS compliance crates and materials. Blocking means packing things so they can’t move around inside the truck or container. Bracing is when you use straps to stop them from bouncing up and down. These two steps work together to keep the goods from getting damaged. If you don’t block things properly, the braces won’t work. And if you don’t use the right braces, the items might move too much and jump over the blocks. Basically, if one step fails, both of them fail, and your goods will get damaged.

How Blocking and Bracing Can Save You Money

Using blocks and braces instead of a full crate saves money and makes the object more secure. It also makes it lighter. You can wrap the blocked and braced object in vapor bags and desiccants to keep it safe from damage caused by humidity or container rain.

Who is responsible for blocking and bracing?

It all depends on how things are shipped. If it’s with a truck, the driver is responsible for making sure everything is packed right before leaving. That’s because they usually stay with the load the entire time. But if it’s with a sealed container that goes from one mode of transportation to another, the shipper is responsible for making sure everything is secured before the container gets sealed.

Blocking and bracing intermodal vs. truckload

Blocking and bracing is certainly important no matter the shipping method, but intermodal trumps truckload in terms of how necessary doing it just right is. The added factor in intermodal versus truckload – which are both generally smooth shipping methods – is a gentle vibration present throughout a journey via railroad that can lead to additional shifting possibilities. It’s a slow, steady vibration that causes pallets in an intermodal load to float at one speed and can cause load movement within a container. The pallets stacked with product can not only move on the decking of the container, but the pallet stack has the potential to fall apart if the product is not tightly wrapped or banded to its pallet. 

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