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Few things are as important in cargo shipping as properly secured freight. It affects cost and time efficiencies, business relationships and public safety, and it is required by state and federal laws. Correct blocking, bracing and loading ensure that your freight arrives in the condition in which it was shipped.

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BLOCKING & BRACING

Safe and Secure Intermodal Shipping

Few things are as important in cargo shipping as properly secured freight. It affects cost and time efficiencies, business relationships and public safety, and it is required by state and federal laws.

Correct blocking, bracing and loading ensure that your freight arrives in the condition in which it was shipped and can help you avoid delays and rework costs due to your load being rejected or “set out” while in transit.

Whatever the mode of transportation — intermodal rail or truck — it’s critical that you employ the correct blocking and bracing techniques. CSX Transportation (CSXT) Intermodal, one of the nation’s leading intermodal carriers, can provide guidance on the proper way to secure freight in an intermodal container. 

You can help by detailing the following information:

What needs to be inspected:

To stabilize and secure loads, take advantage of dunnage dividers and fillers designed specifically for intermodal:

No matter what type of freight you’re shipping via intermodal rail, proper blocking and bracing (PDF) techniques will ensure that your freight arrives safely and securely at its final destination. Using a variety of equipment and resources,

CSXT Intermodal’s LEADS program (Load Engineering and Design Services), a team of engineering experts that offer free blocking and bracing consulting, is available to come onsite and assist your company in customizing a solution that meets your shipping needs.

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