Types of packaging

For the shipment of parts returnable containers should be preferably used. The packaging handbook gives an overview over containers and their specifications. Generally, vendors can use all types of packaging that are listed in the packaging handbook. However, a packaging instruction with detailed information about packaging and shipment must be created first. 

Handling of packaging

Regarding the use of packaging the following instructions must be obeyed to avoid danger for employees and damage of containers: 

  • Handle packaging carefully 
  • Follow packaging instructions 
  • Use security relevant appliances in connection with packaging 
  • Use clean and functioning packaging for shipments 
  • Do not exceed the maximum allowable filling weight 
  • Mixed packaging is permitted only after consulting the recipient 
  • Do not paste or write on the packaging


The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) is an international treaty to secure action to prevent the spread and introduction of pests of plants and plant products, and to promote appropriate measures for their control. 
Packaging material made of unprocessed raw wood can serve as a pathway for the introduction of pests. Therefore, there are international guidelines for the treatment of wood in order to reduce such a risk. These standards apply to wood packaging material like pallets, dunnage, crating and packing blocks. Packaging that is entirely made of wood-based products such as plywood, particle board, wood fiberboard or veneer that has been created using glue, heat and pressure or a combination of these is not affected. 
The Heat Treatment (HT) and the Methyl Bromide (MB) fumigation are approved measures for wood packaging material. Wood subjected to these treatment methods should be marked as follows: 

The marking contains the IPPC-symbol, a double-digit ISO country code and the abbreviation indicating the applied treatment method. 

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Packaging Items-Overview 10/2015