Car racking is an integral part of containerised transport for car consignments overseas, but inadequate car racking can be dangerous and lead to damage to both the vehicle and the people handling it.
The solution? Steel reusable racks, which have a stronger, more reliable structure than wooden single-use racks and offer better value for money in the long run – not to mention better sustainability. Let's take a closer look at why you should use steel reusable racks for your containerised car shipping requirements.
The Problem Of Single-Use Car Racking
Wooden, single-use car racks are often used in international automotive logistics because of their low cost, but these are not as reliable or sturdy as steel reusable racks. Over the course of the journey, cheaply made and poorly constructed wooden racks can become warped from weather exposure or weakened from heavy loads. This makes them less secure when loaded, leading to greater risk of injury or damage to vehicles when being transported.
Benefits Of Steel Reusable Racks
It may seem counterintuitive at first, but steel reusable racks actually cost less over their working life cycle than multiple wooden single-use car racks, due to their durability and longevity. When taken care of properly and stored in indoor warehouses during bad weather or when waiting for redeployment, steel reusable car racks can last for years without needing to be replaced, making hundreds of international journeys and accumulating an impressive ROI.
Reduced Operational Risk
Steel racking is also much stronger and more secure than wooden single-use racking due to the sturdier design and engineering standards - this means fewer safety hazards for containerised vehicles secured within the racks. Fewer hazards and instances of vehicle damage means lower operational risk, especially across long international journeys, which equates to higher margins and often to lower insurance premiums, too.
Setting up a steel reusable car racking system at the point of embarkation is often faster than building a wooden single-use car racking system in situ, since all that needs to be done is adjusting the ramps and securing the vehicle in place; no need for extra tools or effort!
There are several other advantages that come with using steel reusable car racking - it is lighter weight than many alternative materials yet still strong enough to handle heavy loads; steel racks are easier to move around due to their small size when compacted down between uses; and they are more sustainable than single-use racking, which is often burnt after use or consigned to landfill, wasting significant resources.
Reusable Steel Racking Solutions From Trans-Rak
Overall, using steel reusable racks offers higher quality and greater durability over time compared to single-use racking, helping you cut the cost of car transportation while improving the safety of your containerised vehicles. Please click here to find out more about our products, or feel free to call us on 01926 408282 if you have any questions.
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