|Marking of goods|
Correct and complete marking of packages helps to prevent incorrect handling, accidents, incorrect delivery, losses of weight and volume and Customs fines.
1. Shipping mark
Identification mark: e.g. initial letters of receiver or shipper or of receiver's company name.
Identification number: e.g. receiver's order number.
Total number of items in the complete consignment.
Number of the package in the consignment, e.g. 5/12 or 5 - 12.
Place and port of destination.
2. Information mark
Country of origin: The country of origin must be stated in accordance with the provisions of the particular countries. Statement of the country of origin is often mandatory. In some cases it is not desired and, if contractually agreed, may even have to be omitted. Failure to comply with such agreements entails a risk of blacklisting.
Indication of weight of package: from a gross weight of 1000 kg, packages must be marked with details of weight. With regard to ease of transport, handling and storage, the relevant standards also recommend indicating weight from a lower threshold.
Dimensions of packages: standards specify that dimensions be stated in centimeters.
3. Handling instructions
"Handling marks" help to ensure that greater care is taken with cargo handling. It must be possible to tell,
- whether the package is sensitive to heat or moisture
- whether it is at risk of breakage
- where the top and bottom are and where the center of gravity is located
- where loading tackle may be slung