Improper labelling or packaging causes over 80% of freight losses, damages and misdirects. As a shipper, you’re responsible for providing adequate labelling, sufficient protective packaging, and accurate descriptions of your goods on the shipping documentation.
To avoid lost or damaged freight, ask yourself these questions before you ship:
• Does each handling unit in my shipment have labels with the full shipper and consignee address and contact information?
• Does each handing unit have ONLY one barcode sticker with a tracking number (Freight Bill)?
• Does the freight have adequate exterior and interior packaging?
• If on a skid, is it wrapped and secured to prevent shifting?
Freight lacking barcodes will cause transit and delivery delays.
1. Start a new sheet in your barcode sticker pad.
2. Apply ONLY one sticker (starting with 001 and following in sequence) to each handling unit. Place it on the face of the carton or wrapped skid (centered, on face where space for forklifts is located) to ensure the barcode is visible and able to be scanned if the units are stacked later.
3. If there are fewer than eight handling units in your shipment, discard the remainder of the barcode sheet.
4. Start a new sheet for your next shipment.
If you have two handling units, apply TOR 151 1304 6 001 for handling unit #1 and TOR 151 1304 6 001 for handling unit #2, and discard any unused barcodes on the sheet.
Exceptions & Tips
Follow these labelling and packaging tips to ensure your shipment is delivered on time, intact, and damage-free.
Shipper & Consignee Info
Ensure every handling unit is clearly labelled with the complete shipper and consignee address, and phone numbers. We use technology to scan the barcode labels applied to your freight. In the event the barcode cannot be read, the details you provide on the shipper and consignee label will help us identify your freight and minimize delays.
Ensure every handling unit is labelled with ONLY one barcode sticker with a tracking number (Freight Bill) in sequence to prevent scanning errors and allow piece-level tracking. We require the barcode tracking label because it enables our technology to direct your freight to the right location. Freight lacking barcodes will cause transit and delivery delays.
Proper packaging is critical for having your freight delivered on time, intact, and damage free. Select the exterior and interior packaging materials that best suit your commodity.
Regardless of the material, size, or type of drums you’re using to ship your goods, following a few simple steps will help you prevent damages:
The Bill of Lading (BOL) is a legal document. When you complete the Day & Ross BOL, you agree to the Terms & Conditions stating that “the goods have been properly packaged and prepared to withstand those risks of damage necessarily incidental to transportation.”
Share our tips with your team on how to:
• apply the new barcode stickers correctly
• select the right packaging materials
• stretch wrap and secure your freight on a skid
• stack cartons on palletized freight
• avoid shock and vibration during transportation
Ready to request a quote or ship with us?
Connect with an expert to learn more about our services.