Shipping Marks refers to the identification mark represented by text symbols and simple graphics painted or pasted on the surface of the outer package of the goods delivered for transportation, or the label with the same content attached.
The role of Shipping Marks
Its function is to make it easy to identify each link of the goods in the process of shipping from China to USA, so as to avoid the occurrence of wrong loading, wrong transportation, wrong transfer, wrong delivery and failure to deliver; when the goods are separated for some reason, it is also convenient for the port Airline staff can quickly confirm the owner of the cargo.
Primary Shipping Marks are usually simple geometric shapes (such as triangles, circles, rhombuses, etc.), and text representations include the name of the consignee, trade contract number or letter of credit number, shipping symbols, etc.
Shipping order, bill of lading, manifest and other related shipping documents are fully recorded.
What information does Shipping Marks contain?
These visual symbols provide instructions for those who load, unload or move cartons.
Handling markings start at top left: Handle with Care, Face Up, Fragile, and Keep Dry. Because your cartons may be handled by people from different countries who do not understand your language.
The port of destination needs to write the full name of the port of arrival directly in the text. Abbreviations, abbreviations and codes are not allowed. Customs generally will not release goods without a port of destination.
Weight and Dimensions
To help ensure that all your cartons arrive at the port together, you will need to number them. Also indicate the dimensions of the carton, ie “__ x __ x __ cm”.
Country of origin
Generally expressed in English and the language of the country of origin. Just as your product should be labeled with its country of origin, so should your carton.
Whether they are made in China, Vietnam or elsewhere, you will need to print this information on every carton that ships to you.
Shipping Marks Guide
Shipping lines must abide by certain rules and regulations regarding shipping and handling marks.
Here are some of them:
Identifying shipping marks to indicate destination and port need to be stenciled in legible font size using waterproof inks. Packages need to have them on at least three sides.
Product names must be avoided. The reason is that they may indicate the exact contents of the package, increasing the chance of theft. Instead, coded tags should be used. Even the code has to be changed again and again to avoid the chance of familiarity among the processing personnel.
These markings also need to be indicative if the package requires special handling. The bill of lading must also contain this information.
Also as mentioned, all markings need to be clear, permanent and legible. The trademark also needs to be in a language or languages that both parties understand; the origin of the package and its destination
It is recommended to use stencils to make the markers, and they are waterproof so that they are clearly visible throughout the journey.
Remember to use a stencil to make your markers in a legible size and font, and waterproof ink so you don’t miss them.