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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 the container.

Measurement
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 stuffing personnel.

Weight
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 that:

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.

Stuffing plan:
20´Container
40´Container