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Three ways US peanut shippers are benefitting from the Vdry solutions

With the US peanut market looking ahead to another strong export season, many shippers are taking a moment to analyze their container packing methods to better protect their cargo against moisture damage.

In light of this, let’s recap on the different ways that the Vdry solutions are benefiting the US peanut export program.

The importance of picking high-performance cargo desiccants

Desiccant bags are widely used by peanut shippers to protect against moisture damage. But with many options on the market, it is important to take a moment to analyze the different characteristics to ensure you’re making the right choices.

The key thing to remember is that absorption is king. A greater capacity means an improved level of protection for your goods, as well as savings in handling, storage and transportation costs.

The Vdry Bag is a popular cargo desiccant across the US peanut market (and beyond), with many shippers favoring its high-absorption and leakproof characteristics. Absorbing up to three times its own weight in humidity, the Vdry Bag ensures premier protection even for the most high-risk shipments.

Why the Vdry Blanket is essential for long voyages

Given that a large portion of US peanut exports are shipped to Asian countries, extended transit times are a common industry challenge.

To overcome the increased risk of moisture damages associated with long shipments, many peanut shippers load their containers with a greater volume of desiccant bags in the hope to reduce damages.

This has long been a popular method to protect goods against moisture damage. But as we explained in our previous guide, condensation can still form even if you use 100kg of high-performance desiccant bags.

Because of this many US peanut shippers use the Vdry Blanket in combination with desiccant bags for a more comprehensive level of protection. This ultra-absorbent blanket has a capacity of around 250 liters, meaning that cargo stays dry even in the high-risk scenarios when condensation forms.

The graph below is taken from a coffee shipment in which the Vdry Blanket was used. As you can see, despite desiccant bags being used, large volumes of condensation formed inside the container, leading to the Vdry Blanket absorbing 9 liters of condensation. Had the Vdry Blanket not been used in this shipment there would have been extensive cargo damages.

Better protection against condensation and contamination on the container walls

Dirt and residues on the container walls are a major concern for peanut shippers who need to ship their cargo in clean and contaminant-free conditions.

To counter this problem it is common to line the container walls with Kraft paper. While this can be effective, it also presents different challenges and risk factors.

As we have already mentioned, condensation readily forms during container shipping. When this happens Kraft paper can get wet, leading to mold forming, leading to a greater risk of contamination to your goods. Kraft paper will also stick to the walls when wet, meaning increased cleaning costs at destination.

The Vdry Liner is a water-resistant and breathable liningto protect goods against condensation and contamination on the walls and floors of the container. Unlike Kraft paper, it doesn’t break or stick to the walls when wet. It is treated with a medical-grade mold inhibitor to ensure that goods are shipped in clean conditions.