Guide Lines for Loading Containers

Note that the shipper / supplier will be responsible for the loading and safe securing of the cargo, taking into consideration weight distribution and sufficient lashing and chocking.
The information is generalised and specific information should be sought if in doubt.

GP containers

lashing points available along inside of containers at top, bottom, and corner posts. Each lashing point to take maximum 1000kgs load


Removable tilt and roof bars to allow overhead load. Header bar is removable to allow loading from overhead and rear of container. Each lashing point to take maximum 2000 kg load.


Lashing points on floors and down sides, and on corner posts. Ask for details of load limitation. A reminder that the Shipper is responsible to secure cargo to container. Guideline – 4.5 tonnes payload per linear metre in 20’ and 3 tonnes / 40’ allowable.
Out of gauge cargoes should be measured accurately and passed on to us immediately to ensure correct declaration of the freight. Carriers may refuse to ship if given incorrect information. When loading platform containers the corner castings must be left clear for lifting.


Many countries only allow treated timber to be used for packing, chocking and securing cargo. Packaging / wooden dunnage with phytosanitary certification should be used wherever possible.


For open tops and flat racks – Note that open top containers are supplied with sheeting to fit the container loaded with in gauge cargo. If the cargo is out of gauge (see dims under container spec) then an oversized tarpaulin should be requested.

Flat rack containers are not provided with sheeting unless specifically requested.


Customers should make clear if the container needs to be pre-cooled before collection, and what temperature is to be maintained for the journey. It should also be stated whether the container needs to be kept cool at quayside. Note the slightly reduced internal dimensions due to the insulation. Care should be taken not to damage the insulated walls.


A reminder that it is the shipper’s responsibility to supply container seals, not the shipping line or haulier. Drivers will often have seals with them but it is advisable that seals are available at the load site. We strongly recommend that bolt seals are used.

All business is carried out under the current BIFA standard trading terms and conditions which are available upon request.

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