What Is Dunnage?

When we transport goods, there are always some goods that are fragile. They may be damaged by a slight impact. To avoid this, padding is an essential part. Some delayed shipments are usually due to lack of bedding.

Therefore, it is necessary to know the common bedding materials and their common types.

What is dunnage?

Dunnage refers to any material that is used to support or protect cargo during shipping or transportation. The main purpose of dunnage is to prevent cargo from shifting, moving, or getting damaged during transit. It can be used to fill gaps between items to prevent them from sliding around or to cushion delicate or fragile items.

Dunnage can be made from a variety of materials, such as wood, plastic, metal, or cardboard, and can take various forms, such as wood or plastic.

Type of bedding material

Wood Dunnage

Wood bedding is usually available in a variety of sizes, ranging from 4 feet to 8 feet, with 8 feet being the most common. Both treated and untreated wood can be used as bedding. Usually, scrap, untreated lumber is more common.

To better secure cargo, and prevent cylindrical cargo from rolling around on the deck, truckers also bevel the wooden dunnage. This provides better protection for the cargo.

wood dunnage

Plastic Dunnage

Plastic dunnage refers to plastic materials, such as polyethylene or polypropylene, that are used as spacers or supports to protect and secure cargo during transportation. It is commonly used in the transportation of food and beverages.

Dunnage bags are another common form of plastic dunnage. It is more widely used in the automotive, aerospace, electronics industry, etc. dunnage bags can be used to protect and secure parts, but also as a cushion.

plastic dunnage

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