Clear Labelling and Careful Identification Systems
An inventory or packing list is created during the loading stage of your International Removal. It is a detailed list of every item to be moved. Each item is allocated a number (via a labelling system – see below) which corresponds to the inventory.
On moving day, the foreman will note down every item as it is loaded onto the container or into the removal van. This document is then signed by the foreman and the customer. This document is used many times throughout your International Removal, including during customs clearance and when unloading your effects at your new residence. It is used to make sure that every single item which was loaded at origin is checked off at each stage of the move.
Each item in your consignment will be labelled using a colour coding system and with the following information:
- Customer Name
- Customer Reference Number
- Method of Transportation (e.g. SEA / AIR / ROAD)
- Package Number
Careful identification is a key part of the John Mason Quality System. Clear labelling at this stage ensures that your goods arrive safely at your destination.
Packing protects your items from the many hazards and risks which may occur during the journey of the shipment. Some examples of hazards include the following:
- The shipping vessel on which your consignment is located may experience rough seas and therefore the contents of the container are subject to movement
- There may be temperature fluctuations as the consignment travels through different climates
- Accidents such as vehicle accidents can cause ‘shock’ to goods which can cause breakages
John Mason International wrap and pack all international shipments with a process known as ‘export wrap’. This involves a higher degree of protection than that which would be necessary for a domestic move for example. Specialist packing materials which have been developed for international moving are used and skilled packers make sure that all furniture and household goods are fully protected.
When a shipping container is loaded, there are various techniques which are employed by John Mason International crew members to make sure that the shipment is as secure and as safe as possible.
A few examples are:
- Heavy items are always placed below lighter items.
- Cartons are packed as tightly as possible to restrict unnecessary movement and so that the load will not change position during transit.
- Flat surfaces are always placed against other flat surfaces whenever possible.