What is stuffing and de-stuffing in importing and exporting?
Like any other industry, the import and export trade has it’s own language – words and phrases to describe processes or equipment that make little sense when taken out of context. Unless you’re knowledgable in shipping jargon, you may not understand what these words mean. One example of this is ‘stuffing’ and ‘de-stuffing’.
Stuffing refers to the loading of goods on to any container, or vehicle for export. It has evolved in to a fine art, aimed at commodifying space and keeping the cargo secure and safe. When the cargo has reached it’s destination and has passed the customs clearance process, it will then need to be de-stuffed.
Naturally, wherever you see ‘stuffing’ mentioned in shipping documentation, it is referring to the loading of cargo, and wherever you see ‘de-stuffing’ mentioned, it is referring to the unloading of cargo.
In the video below, you can see how systematically these 50kg bags have been placed into the truck, to save on space. These men are essentially de-stuffing the bags from the truck and stuffing them in to the shipping containers.