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How to deal with the influx water into the container?

Today, let’s talk about the problems related to the intake of water into containers. Many customers who import leather goods from China will encounter this problem, so how do we deal with it?

First of all, it has been tested by the professional port company that there is no problem in the container inside; the climate is good, dry, and not wet during transportation; and the goods are strictly inspected when they are packed. Why is it that when the goods arrive at the port of destination, the boxes’ walls are full of water droplets, the packaging is wet, and the goods are moldy? So who is responsible for the heavy losses caused?



First of all, let’s talk about the reasons:

The container’s water depends on the weather conditions, the sea voyage’s length, the goods’ packing materials, the containers’ condition, and the goods’ sensitivity. Fungi, molds, and molds will damage the goods when the relative humidity exceeds 55%.

1.The cause of the goods themselves

Moisture is brought into the container along with the goods we export. Under particular circumstances, some steam will be released into the container’s air and become a water vapor condensation source.

2.Container condensed water vapor

In the container ocean transportation or storage process, the container will often experience a high-temperature climate and a significant temperature difference between day and night; the temperature change will be 0-8 degrees Celsius, the humidity will be as high as 98%; this is the condensation phenomenon, when the temperature is 30 degrees, the water content in the air is 30.4 g per square meter. When the temperature drops from 30 degrees Celsius to 18 degrees Celsius, water vapor will condense into water droplets. If a 40-foot container produces 1000 grams of condensed water, it will cause “container rain.”

3.Seawater immersion:

If the goods are transported by sea, if there are strong winds and waves, there will be minor damage to the boxes, and if they fall into the sea again on the deck or in an accident at sea, they will undoubtedly enter the sea be damp.

4.Fresh water immersion:

If the top or side panels, front panels, door panels, and door strips of the container are damaged, rain, snow, or the ship’s freshwater pipes’ rupture will lead to water intake. Especially in the typhoon-intensive areas of Guangdong, factories should prevent water in boxes when delivering goods.



So how can we prevent and deal with this situation?


Freshwater rain risk: one of the general additional risks responsible for compensation for losses caused by freshwater (including drinking water on board, leaking water pipes, dripping of ship poles, etc.), Rain Water, and snowy water.

Damp and heat insurance: shall be responsible for compensation for the loss of moisture condensation, moisture, or heating in the cabin caused by sudden changes in temperature or ventilation equipment’s failure onboard the insured goods during transportation.

W.P.A. insurance: it is also separate average loss insurance, one of the primary risks of seaborne goods. It is only responsible for the loss caused by saltwater and not responsible for the freshwater loss compensation.

2.Preventive measures

Moisture and water damage are preventable. 

1. Check whether the container is sealed and dry before packing.

2. Confirm whether the factory environment of the goods and loading is dry. 

3. Strengthen the waterproof packing of the goods, especially the quality of plastic bags. 

4. Desiccant can be put into containers and cartons. 

5. All links of cargo transportation need to be controlled in real-time, and all kinds of export documents need to be retained in case of emergency.


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