Often, the intrinsic value of the item to be packed is dwarfed by the potential losses generated by damage or delay in transit. This is where over 50 years experience in packing for export comes in. Weighing up all factors is the job of an expert export packer and forwarder and, with all services ‘in house’, John Pipe International is ideally placed to do this on your behalf.
Packing and dispatch procedures will significantly affect cost. For instance shipping containers impose limits in size and weight. Maximum heights vary between aircraft types and volume to weight ratios relevant to air, sea or road, have to be properly balanced. The methods adopted need to make the best economic sense.
John Pipe International has the required experience to evaluate your problem in packing for export and design a solution within your required budget. A range of packaging from huge (and small), to very heavy and light fragile equipment is regularly undertaken.
To avoid corrosion, equipment is commonly foil-wrapped, with desiccant added before the final seal. Some air is extracted lowering ambient moisture and reducing the bulk. Items of any size can be packed in this way. Each item of equipment is individually packed by an appropriate method and in a suitable case.
Trained personnel are available at both branches to advise in the difficult area of handling dangerous goods by whatever mode of transit: air, sea or road.
Any substance that is classed by the regulations as dangerous, can be classified, packed and documented ready for despatch.
The costs in human (and monetary) terms can be vast if the packing and handling of dangerous goods is not correctly carried out. Consignments can be held up if the labelling or documentation is not done correctly. However the cost of the correct procedure need not necessarily be high.
John Pipe International is qualified to raise and sign your “shippers declaration for dangerous goods” for air freight or “dangerous goods declaration” for sea freight.
Consolidation/ Project Work
The engineering background of senior staff enables a better appreciation of the concerns and requirements of exporting manufacturers. Over the years many special project teams have been set up, working closely with clients. In this way a reputation for adaptability has been earned.
Projects for larger engineering companies can include receiving in, sorting, storing in packed and unpacked state and then carefully controlling the despatch.
Antarctica: We dispatched all the equipment required for an expedition to Antarctica to set up a research station including the living accommodation. The equipment was received over a two-month period from many different suppliers. It was then checked off. Pre-inspection was critical because the next ship was not due for six months!
The equipment was then packed into special timber cases, having been heat-sealed into foil envelopes. Every case had to have special chamfered skids – so that they could be manoeuvred on ice!
Chingola, Zambia: 26 copper filters were packed in all comprising some 2500 tonnes. Each filter was broken down into 26 cases filled with piece parts from many different suppliers. The project was undertaken over a nine-month period.
Defence and Aerospace Packing
John Pipe International clients benefit from the wealth of experience gained in packing for the MoD over many years. The packing of military spares and equipment was started during the 1970s and has subsequently progressed through the necessary quality approval levels from 0521 through to the latest ISO9001 and MPAS Accreditation.
With its MPAS design capability approval John Pipe International regularly handles a variety of packing needs from small polybag packing through to cartons, special to contents containers, and static sensitive types.
Military containers are designed for specific requirements to suit the demands of the contract. The design is called a Services Packaging Instruction Sheet (SPIS). A typical SPIS produced in house is shown.
Often the SPIS will dictate the use of a single wall, solid fibreboard, carton traditionally used for small items that are usually sealed in a polythene envelope within the carton.
Military contractors are afforded a ‘same day service’ with cartons made in-house.
All military stores have to be labelled. Illustrated is a special barcode 39 label produced in-house.
Details and advice are readily available by telephone.