What are the Shipping Marks for Export Goods?
In order to identify import and export goods quickly, in transportation, inspection, warehousing, customs declaration and receipt of the consignee, all shipments are required to write or use a certain specification mark on the outer packaging of the goods, based on the consignee’s requests. The rule ensures smooth delivery and avoids wrong delivery.
You need to stick the corresponding labels on the outer packaging and make the consignee receive goods quickly and accurately.
There are 3 types of labels. I will introduce it one by one.
● Shipping Mark
● Indicative Mark
● Warning Mark
Chapter 1: Shipping Mark
The shipping mark is also known as “Mark” which can divide into Shipping Mark and Side Mark.
1-1 Shipping Mark
The shipping mark refers that the carton/goods face to the front, which the front you often see. Most shipping marks combine a simple geometry(rhombus), English, and numbers, including…
① Abbr. Consignee Name: XXX Co., Ltd.
② Destination: LOS ANGELAS
③ Packing Serial Number: NO.1 – X
1-2 Side Mark
People usually write shipping details on side mark, product name, quantity, net weight, gross weight…etc. Some side marks include “country of origin“, “permit number“, “dimension“, “quality“… etc information. The UNECE, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, simplifies an international trading process and recommends a standard shipping mark to all countries, in order to fit transportation development and E-commerce.
Please be careful of the following notes when you making marks. The mark should be simple, clear, medium size, easy to identify, strong color. The same labels are used on the two corresponding sides of each package for quick loading and identification.
Chapter 2: Indicative Mark
Indicative mark draws attention to handlers during loading, moving, and storage. Indicative mark indicates the product traits, such as fragile, deterioration…etc.
● Handle with Care
● This Side Up
● Keep Dry
|Handle with Care||This End Up||Keep Dry||Impact Indicator||Tilt Indicator|
Chapter 3: Warning Mark
The warning mark, also known as dangerous goods label, is mainly to ensure the safety of goods and operators. Simple graphics and text are used to warn on the outer packaging for flammable, explosive and radioactive dangerous goods. For example, explosives, flammable, toxic materials, corrosive materials… etc.
The IMO, International Maritime Organization, stipulates that the “International Maritime Dangerous Goods Mark” should be written on the outer packaging for export dangerous goods to prevent losses caused by the prohibition of docking and unloading at foreign ports.
|Tilt Indicator||Impact Indicator|
The shipping mark, indicative mark, and warning mark on the outer packaging are crucial to delivering to the destination smoothly when export/import. Clear info of the cargo can not only make the operation faster for operators but also protect the cargo. To effectively reduce the damage rate of goods, you can use an impact indicator and tilt indicators which indicate mishandling events.