Non-stacked cargo in sea, rail and air transport

Update date:
18 Dec 2023
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Date of publication:
18 Dec 2023
Reading time: 2 minutes

Non-stackable cargo in sea, rail and air transport often involves a higher cost of transport. This is all because of the extra space the cargo takes up, which cannot be utilised in any other way. Some goods are so sensitive that piling up more freight can damage the goods. This is the case with machinery or equipment that, due to its nature, is not easy to pack safely and is additionally very vulnerable to damage.Sometimes, however, there are situations where lightweight goods can be placed on top of the load, which will not damage the load.  

Non-stacked cargo in maritime transport 

In the case of sea transport, it is possible to lay light goods on top, for example, in some cargoes. Container loading in the case of LCL transport is often organised at consolidation warehouses where goods from multiple shippers are loaded. In this case, the loading company can select lightweight goods that will not damage our cargo. However, the possibility of stacking largely depends on the company we work with. Some companies are flexible enough to agree to this solution, while others do not, and we will have to pay extra for the empty space that our goods will occupy. 

Unstacked cargo in rail transport 

The situation is similar for rail transport as it is for maritime transport.
The goods go to a consolidation warehouse where they are further loaded into a container. In this case, it is also possible to make arrangements with the company we are working with to place, for example, lightweight cardboard boxes on top of our unstacked cargo. As in the case of sea transport, everything depends on the company with which we cooperate. 

Unfreighted cargo in air transport

In the case of air transport, things are quite different. The loading of cargo in the case of air transport is quite independent and agreement on loading preferences will be impossible in most cases. Therefore, in air transport, it will always be necessary to send the cargo as unstacked and incur costs for the extra space. 

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