Carramore International Limited
Carramore International Limited

Frequently Asked Questions: Packing

How will my goods be packed?

Where appropriate our cargo is packed in pallet boxes, which have been designed to give the greatest flexibility within aircraft loading limitations. Depending on the aircraft type and airline we are restricted to pallet heights of 75cm, 110cm or 160cm for passenger aircraft. Some cargo planes however can take up to 230cm.

For smaller shipments goods will be packed in individual fibreboard cartons.

 

Will my cargo be secure?

Our pallet boxes afford greater protection to the products packed within them and of course substantially reduce handling movements during the journey.

Black stretch wrapping and Carramore green tamper evident tape aids identification of our cargo in the various sheds through which they pass, and offers evidence of tampering.

 

Will my goods be packed on their own or consolidated with other goods?

Products for a number of different users with the same consignee address are amalgamated into a single shipment, where appropriate, thus reducing each individual’s costs. Separate invoices however are provided for each user, all referenced on the consolidated packing list provided, which shows where each product is packed.

Packages can also be project labelled to assist in distribution, particularly when projects are working in isolation from each other.

 

Can you supply hazardous products?

Yes we can ship by air, see Dangerous Goods (Hazmat).

We can also ship hazardous products by sea; however the cost is considerable and usually disproportionate, unless the quantities are very large. We would instead seek to provide to provide the product in a form which can be shipped by air.

 

What about cold cargo?

Carramore’s warehouse has a 30m³ temperature controlled cold room, as well as two -20°C freezers. This allows us to store cold chain products at the required temperature prior to shipping. We have also invested in dry ice storage which allows us to store ultra freezer items under dry ice when necessary, access to a -80C ultra-freezer as well as liquid nitrogen storage.

Dry ice products are packed in sealable blue biodegradable poly bags prior to shipping. This allows for easy extraction from within the dry ice on arrival at your site. We then ship in thick walled thermal boxes encased in cardboard outers, containing up to 40kg of dry ice.

Fridge products are also packed in thick walled thermal boxes encased in cardboard outers, but with wet ice packs, which may also be refreshed if necessary.

Freezer storage products, where freezer temperature is not required for shipment, are packed with wet ice (many freezer storage products fall into this group). When freezer storage products must not thaw then dry ice is the best means of ensuring this over the longer period of international shipment, clearance and delivery. We may therefore pack and ship with more rigorous control than a manufacturer within the EU may do when sending products on an overnight shipment.

All cold shipments are monitored until safely arrived at your site and will be re-iced en route if required.

 

How long will the dry ice last?

This depends on the size and type of thermal packaging we use, the weight of ice at the start of the journey and finally the ambient temperature. We cover the dry ice with layers of newspaper, which reduces the rate of sublimation.

We would expect the dry ice in our shipment to last up to 7 days from point of shipment, without re-icing, which typically covers the whole period from dispatch to arrival at final destination.

 

Is there a limit to how long products can be held under dry ice?

No, there is no technical limit, dry ice sublimates at -78.5°C so maintains ultra-freezer temperatures; so as long as ice is topped up then these temperatures are maintained.

 

What is your recycling policy for packaging?

We use a variety of packaging:

Cardboard
We reuse the cartons we receive, wherever possible. Those cartons which are not fit to be reused (and were probably unfit for their journey to us!) are flat packed and periodically this material is collected by a paper recycling company, along with our office paper waste.

Polystyrene
Again we reuse where possible, although many of the boxes received are too small for our consolidated shipments. The smaller boxes that cannot be used are either: sent back to the product supplier for reuse in their recycling scheme, used as infill in pallet boxes, or to fill space in seafreight containers for later use at the final destination. If larger polystyrene containers are supplied, but without outer cartons, we collect these until a larger order of carton outers can be ordered and the whole package reused.

Polystyrene fill material
Used for filling small empty spaces. We never buy this material and all the material we need is collected from cartons we receive. We pack using the best fit packaging so we generally have little free space.

Vermiculite
Required when packing liquid dangerous goods. We never buy this material and all the material we need is collected from cartons we receive.