How optimising your Bulk Bags can save you time and money when exporting
10 November 2022
1. Make sure your Bulk Bags are the right size to maximize on space in the container.
As we all know, the cost of international freight prices are rising therefore it’s important that we utilise any and every space within containers – no one likes paying for air to be transported across the ocean!
For exporting, we recommend a baffle constructed bulk bag as they hold their square shape for maximum utilisation of space and stability when transporting.
When selecting your Bulk Bag size, consider the following points:
- What is the internal width, length & height of the container being used? A common 20ft container is 5.89m long x 2.35m wide x 2.39m high.
- Baffle bulk bags will bulge a little bit between the baffles so ensure you run trials or add an additional 20mm on each side for each bag in your calculations.
- Within the container, make sure the bags are not rubbing against each other as this can result in difficulty loading into the container and material damage caused by friction between the bags.
2. Ensure your Bulk Bags are manufactured to a high quality to optimize loading and space efficiency.
Not all Bulk Bags are made the same! The quality can make a significant difference to the loading speed and the amount of space it needs within the container.
It’s important to partner with a supplier who you know can supply high quality Bulk Bags that hold their form, to ensure you are receiving bags that meet your specific requirements, every time.
Below are some key points to ensure your bulk bag is fit for purpose:
- Weave type – Bulk Bags stack, load and transport the best when you have a quality, tight weave pattern.
- Baffle Specification – The baffles need to be constructed in a way that ensures efficient loading, holds square with a flat bottom and doesn’t grin or open at the seams.
- Cross Corner Loops that hold their shape – The better quality cross corner loops you have, the easier it is to pick up and load your Bulk Bags. This reduces people power you need for the job and in turn, reduces the Health and Safety risks of having multiple people involved in the process.
- Certification – If you are transporting food products, your bags are required to meet the NZ food grade standards. Having supplier that offers Quality Control and Certified Packaging Processes minimizes any risk of thread & material contamination and supply chain mishaps.
Whatever industry you may be in, if you’re exporting product in Bulk Bags, having a packaging partner that understands every part of the process from manufacturing to export, can save you time, money, and stress now and down the line.
Want to explore how you can export your product more efficiently? Get in touch with the team today!