The Effect of Moisture-Related Damages During Shipment
Moisture-related problems during sea freight shipment for any commodities may occur in the form of mould, rust, corrosion, fungus, and mildew. Such problems may affect a wide range of cargoes such as agricultural consignments of cocoa, coffee, flour, sugar, animal feeds, steel and wooden goods and all sorts of packaged goods. Moisture damage to such cargoes can prove to be very costly through claims for damage or full consignments being rejected by customers and in some cases customs officials.
It’s not just an issue for the finished cargo but moisture damage to the packaging can be just as problematic and give rise to claims and rejections.
Moisture-related problems during sea freight shipment are caused due to swings in temperature during the voyage causing subsequent swings in relative humidity. With sudden drops in temperature in moisture laden air inside a container, condensation forms and dampness forms which at high levels and over time will case damage.
Prudent shippers can manage this problem, minimise the risk for moisture damage and loss by using effective desiccants that when employed correctly manage the relative humidity at levels below which moisture in the container space will not be a problem across the whole voyage.