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.

Cargo Quarantine

When the cargo or the packaging was found to be growing mold or fungus, the whole container has to be quarantined. Even if it’s possible, a clearing process will be carried out that will require large costs due to detention, demurrage cost, mold treatment cost, and even the product loss due to deteriorated quality.

Buyer's Claims

It is a common business practice that any commodities received with less than acceptable quality standard will cause exporters to suffer a buyer’s claim. Some might likely be caused by the moisture-related problem because an inevitable climate difference between suppliers location to their buyers.

Poor Management = High Cost

When we look into the value chain, the biggest hidden cost for importers lays on sudden changes due to the unpredicted raw material quantity and quality. The loss will be huge, and it will be regardless of what they can recover by claiming the exporters.

Ruin Business Relationship

Receiving sub par goods from your supplier for whatever reason impacts upon your customer’s ability to deliver to their customers. Delivering your products all the way to your customer’s door in best condition should be a priority. If your goods deteriorate in transit all the effort that has gone into preparing your goods is wasted. Remove the risk of your goods arriving having been affected by moisture by employing an effective desiccant and ensure the long term integrity of your relationships.

The Root Cause of Moisture-Related ProblemDuring Sea Freight Shipment

When the temperature drops inside a shopping container and the dew point is reached, the moisture in the air as cooler air holds a fewer water molecule compared to a warm air. The excess water molecules will start to condense on any surfaces such as at the commodities and the packaging or the cold surfaces of the container itself. As the condensation accumulates especially on the ceiling of the container, it may start to rain inside the container on top of the cargo contained within. Typical damages occurred are corrosion, mould, mildew, fungus, caking, bacteria growth such as aflatoxin and simple water damage. See the illustration for the sample commodity below:

Here are main factors contributing to moisture-related damages such as fungus, mildew, rust, etc to export commodities and packaging during sea freight shipment using container:

The Commodity

  The moisture content of the commodity and the equilibrium moisture content of the commodity in the destination is one of the main root cause of the moisture-related problem during shipment.

The Packaging

It would be horrible when the packaging gets wet due the container rain during shipment. It brings impact of peeled labels and degradation of products’ quality, such as collapsing boxes or paper core.

The Container

When the freight forwarding sending a container to the shipper, they tend to clean it up with water and left up a huge amount of moisture content in the container’s floor. This is the inherent cause of container rain during a sea freight shipment.

The Shipment

Climate changes are an inevitable factor in sea freight shipment particularly to different continents. It will definitely affect every moisture problem potential inside the container.

The Solutions For The Commodities And Packaging Damages
During Sea Freight Shipment Because of Moisture-related Problems

NordicDry product created as part of the solution to avoid high humidity problems inside containers during sea freight shipments.

NordicDry absorbing water vapor, and will actively reduce the Relative Humidity (RH) inside the containers to levels ambiance that is safe for the commodities and packaging, thus assuring that there is no condensation ever occurring.

Here’s the concrete solution for rust, mold, fungus, mildew, damp, lumpy, commodities or wet packaging during sea freight shipment using container:

NordicDry for inside container

This unique product absorbs moisture by extracting water vapor present in the air, thus preventing the humidity inside the container from reaching dew point and condensing.

NordicDry for inside packaging

Extra prevention by placing the nordic dry on the product packaging, the moisture problem will be far avoided.

NordicDry Advantages

Inline with its commitment to environmental responsibility and in recognition of a growing multinational customer base who demand the most rigorous standard in terms of environmental, social, and corporate conduct, NordicDry offers following advantages:

High Absorption Rate

The bags contain a mix of Calcium Chloride (CaCl2) and coco peat as a binding agent. The CaCl2 is very hygroscopic and will collect water molecules from the air, and the peat will bind the water

Usages Benefits

Using Nordic Dry will ensure minimizing damage claims while maximizing profits. As added benefits, you will be retaining a good relationship with your buyer by delivering your product in pristine condition, and at the same time, helping to protect the environment by using recyclable materials.

Non-Toxic & Environment Friendly

NordicDry is non-toxic, proven by independent laboratories, and accordance to FDA standard. NordicDry’s desiccant binding agent can be recycled. On the contrary, most of the competitors’ products have disposal problems, as it MAY NOT be disposed of as domestic waste.

Cost VS Benefit

Using Nordic Dry brings reduction in claims and associated costs.

It also creates higher customer satisfaction and cost effective solution especially in high value cargo.

ROI of desiccant usages

Spending at typically $50* per container to protect against a humidity-related problem for a container load of a commodity which worth more than a thousand dollars?

Avoiding claims and worsening business relationship with buyers?

It would be an obvious decision for any business, who wishes peace in mind and focusing on their core business as a shipper, will definitely choose NordicDry as their preference!

*depends on various factors


NordicDry is the best way to protect commodity & packaging against humidity-related problems such as mold, mildew, and fungus which likely occurs during sea freight container shipment.
NordicDry delivers peace in mind and cost-effective solution, and furthermore, it’s environmentally friendly, as NordicDry has been verified to be 100% Non-Toxic by the ALS Laboratory Service and specifically free of Acrylamide, which can be prevalent in some starch-based desiccants.
NordicDry is approved for use in all transportation of food and agricultural products.