Formulating your container stuffing plan
To avoid problems such as cargo overflow or wastage of space, it is
essential for shippers to have a stuffing plan before cargo is loaded into
Generally speaking, a 20’ container can hold as much as 28 - 30 cbm or 980
– 1,060 cu.ft., while a 40’ can hold about 56 - 60 cbm or 1,980 - 2,110 cu.
ft. The actual loading internal capacity of a container depends not only
on the dimensions of the carton boxes but also on many other factors such
as the packaging material and the competence and experience of the
Besides the cargo's measurement, the stuffing plan should also take
the weight into consideration. It is important to note that in many
countries the permissible weight limits for road and rail transportation
are lower than the maximum payload a container can afford.
Use of Pallets
Palletization is widely applied in some countries to increase cargo
handling efficiency. When pallets are used, it is important to observe
||there are two major types
of pallets, “Europallet” and standard pallets. The size of the
“Eopallets" is 800mm x 1,200mm per piece while the size of standard
pallets is 1,000mm x 1,200mm per piece. A 20’ container can hold
eleven "Europallets" in one tier or nne to ten standard pallets in
one tier while a 40’ container can hold 23-24 "Europallets" in one
tier or 20-21 standard pallets in one tier.
||Another option are individualized pallets to match the cargo- with
the containersize for an optimized room use.
In many cases, pallets are replaced by slipsheets to save space. Some
shippers use neither pallets nor slipsheets in order to stuff more cargo
into the container.