Knowing Your Cargo
Special and Exotic Cargo
Non-food products that need special handling such as temperature and/or humidity protection during transportation are classified under this category.
Types of special and miscellaneous cargo include:
- Chemical and biological products
- Lithium-ion batteries
- Tobacco products
- Medical supplies
Key factors taken into consideration:
Chemical reactions can occur if temperatures are not kept within the prescribed range. Monitoring is needed at all stages from pre-cooling to packaging to stowage.
Products that are especially susceptible to damage will be handled with extra safety precautions to ensure smooth delivery.
Sanitary procedures are carried out every step of the way to prevent medical products from bacterial contamination.
There are different packaging specifications made for varying products’ characteristics. The fragile nature of these products also makes stowage more critical.
Most special and miscellaneous cargo cannot be shipped in the same container.