What is Freight Handling?

Freight Handling?

Freight handling refers to the receiving, unloading and tracking of freights from your warehouse or loading dock to your booth then back to said warehouse or loading dock. It consists of making sure that freights are handled efficiently and appropriately (depending what products have been transported) once they arrive for warehousing via air, sea or road travel via freight shipping. Equipment that is usually used for operations such as this, through freight services, are overhead cranes, mobile/portable loading ramps and other various pieces of equipment that can withstand up to 30,000 pounds in weight.

Freight companies will use specialised equipment, appropriate for handling, for the simple reason that they ensure that materials are handled with care within the warehouse to enable it to be processed within good timing.

 Freight Handlers Through Freight Companies

Freight Handlers are the individuals tasked with ensuring Freight Handling is done properly. Freight services will employ these individuals to work machinery to enable freights to be unloaded and processed along to get them transported to their next point of call. They will tend to work in warehouses, factories and even airports.

Freight Handlers will have to be devoted, professional, and most importantly trained. Training is especially required to overcome any potential issues and challenges that can be met during operations with machinery within the warehousing area. Training in safety processes is also necessary of course in case of any injuries that can incur whilst in operating hours.

These members of staff will tend to work closely with whoever the freight belongs to in order to make sure everything runs smoothly. This will include repackaging and palletizing freight items to meet racking and other specific requirements needed to be met.

 Do’s and Don’ts of Freight Handling

As expected, there are a number of measures and practices that will usually be carried out depending on the travel/items consisted of in a freight’s treatment during the Freight Handling process. For freights travelling via sea, they must be stowed sea worthily. This means they must be made shockproof, completely enclosed, stackable and of course waterproof.

It is also normal that if your shipment requires some form of special handling, you will find that the costs will be higher. Special handling requirements can include shipments without documentation, carpet and/or pad only shipments and stacked/constricted space unloading and loading.

 For more information on Freight Handling or our own freight-related services such as our excellent freight forwarding services, contact Graylaw Freight Group today. You can call us on 01695 729101 or email us at info@graylaw.co.uk. One of our team members will be happy to help you with any queries you have.