How to load a Fluid Floor Loaded Shipment Container
Stack all boxes into columns. DO NOT bundle boxes together with straps, zip ties, tape, or other products.
When loading the container, use air pillows, diamond corrugated, or dunnage to maintain stability
Prevent difficulty during the unloading process, do not force boxes into smaller spaces
Plan to have at least 8’’ or 21 cm of space between the container door and the last row of cartons
Use load bars and straps to properly secure all shipments
It is part of the shipper’s and carrier’s responsibility to make sure that shipments are loaded into a trailer in a way that will prevent the load from shifting or breaking during transit
How to Load a Clamp Truck Shipment Container
Q: What are clam truck shipments?
A: Clamp truck shipments are special floor loaded shipments received by Sortable FC’s (standard size products) and Non-Sortable FC’s (oversized products).
1. Arrange each column to be uniform and aligned with the other tiers on the base of the column. This is to make sure that all four sides of the freight column stack can be safely squeezed by the clamp.
2. Make sure that columns are at least 24’’ or 61 cm wide and maximum 72’’ or 183 cm long.
3. Do not exceed the column maximum clamp weight of:
3000 lbs or 1360 kgs if the load is not elevated
1300 lbs or 590 kgs if the load is elevated (double-stacked load)
4. Allow at least 3’’ or 8 cm of clearance from the above the box to the container roof
5. Use air bags to allow at least 3’’ or 8 cm between container stacks and walls. This is to prevent the load from shifting or falling.
6. Leave at least 3’’ or 8 cm between each column of boxes*, and use airbags to maintain load stability during transport.
*DO NOT bundle boxes together with straps, zip ties, tape, or other products.
7. Allow for at least 8’’ or 21 cm of clearance from the last row of cartons to the container doors to engage a dock traveler
8. Use load bars and straps to properly secure all shipments
- It is part of the shipper’s and carrier’s responsibility to make sure that shipments are loaded into a trailer in a way that will prevent the load from shifting or breaking during transit
How to prepare for palletized shipments
1. Place FBA shipment labels on each carton
2. Use 40’’ x 48’’ OR 1.02 m x 1.22 m, 4-way access, wood pallets*
- If a single, large unit does not fit on a 40’’ x 48’’ pallet without hanging over the edges, use a pallet type and size more suitable for that unit
3. Whenever quantities allow for it, stack only one ASIN per pallet- label these as “Single ASIN Pallet”
4. Only use pallets that are compliant with GMA Grade B or higher, and are made of only wood materials*
*Ship grocery or food products on GMA 1A grade pallets
5. Stretch-wrap all pallets with clear plastic. DO BOT wrap it in opaque or black stretch-wrap.
6. Do not exceed the pallet size:
Height of 72’’ or 1.82m
Weight of 1,500 or 680 kgs
7. To protect and maintain the stability of pallets while in transit, use corner boards
8. Only use double-stacked pallets when they are safe* to load or unload and will not cause damage for the products while in transit
*It is considered safe to double stack pallets when the height does not exceed a maximum of 100’’ or 2.54 m.
9. Make sure that the maximum gross weight of each box does not exceed 50 lbs or 23 kgs unless a single unit weighs more than that
10. Heavy units between 50 lbs (23 kgs) and 100 lbs (45 kgs) must be clearly labeled as “Team Lift” on all cartons.
11. Clearly label heavy lifts above 100 lbs (45 kgs) as “Mech Lift.”
How to load the container for palletized shipments
1. Allow at least 6’’ or 15 cm of clearance from the top of the pallet to the container roof.
2. Use air bags, non-metal straps, or a safety net to allow stability during transport.
3. Allow at least 3’’ or 8 cm between container stacks and walls, while in transit.
4. Stack all cartons evenly and do not allow boxes to overhang from the pallet
5. Allow at least 8’’ or 21 cm of clearance from the last row of cartons to container doors to engage a dock leveler.
How to Avoid Common Mistakes
1. Attach special labels to heavy products over 50 lbs or 23 kgs
2. Attach warning labels on specialty products
3. Do not prepare fluid floor loaded shipments with cartons that weigh over 50 lbs or 23 kgs
- Oversized units and cartons have to be palletized unless the load is clampable
4. Adequately stack pallets, allowing enough space for unloading.
5. Stack clampable shipments with at least 3’’ or 8 cm of space from the load to the roof of the container.
6. Always secure the load with air bags, non-metal straps, or safety nets to avoid the shifting of the contents during transit, which can cause damage to the products.
- Please note: Containers that do not comply with the aforementioned protocol and Amazon FBA requirements, may be rejected. In that case, you will be responsible for additional storage, re-work, and re-delivery charges.
Required Information for Quoting
Incoterms with your supplier (EXW, FOB, etc)
Delivery address (If delivering to Amazon FBA, please provide the 4-digit Facility Code)
Description of goods (Include HS Code if available)
Value of goods
Advise if you have imported to the United States before