Preventing moisture damage

Moisture-related damage to goods shipped in ocean containers is a recurring issue. Moisture is always present in varying amounts everywhere, whether in the air, in the goods themselves, or in packaging materials, and it can penetrate into the container from the outside. Condensation is formed as soon as the air is saturated with moisture and excess moisture is deposited on the various surfaces (walls, floor, packaged goods, in-between spaces, etc.).

Although relative humidity may be quite high before condensation forms at high outdoor temperatures, condensation already starts at low temperatures and lower humidity levels. Transport that is subject to changing temperatures during the journey is particularly critical. This is typical for almost all trade lanes. The objective must therefore be to pack the goods in a seaworthy manner and keep the relative humidity as low as possible. The packaging material used for this depends on the type of goods and sometimes it is also a good idea to place desiccants in the container.

If damage occurs and the insurance company is engaged, they must check whether everything necessary was done to prevent damage and who is responsible if this was not the case. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your transport.

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