8. Labelling of packages

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The importance of labelling of packages was described in Chapter 3. Each container should be marked with a label with the following information:

The following rules should be maintained with regards to labels:

  1. Each container should have at least two labels on both short sides of the container.
  2. The label should be placed in such a way that it is least liable to be damaged or dirtied.
  3. Each long side of the container should contain general information such as brand name, type of commodity and a logo.
  4. Extra information such as FRAGILE, TOP or special storage or handling requirements should be placed on top and at least on one of the sides of the crate.
  5. Only water-proof ink should be used.
  6. Differences in colour for the different commodities and grades should be used, where these additional cost can be accounted for.
  7. Obsolete labels should be removed or taped off.
  8. Hand written information on the label should be in blockwriting.
  9. Other remarks such as date of packaging, legal remarks and marking for electronic scanning could be included.

Fig.1.Labelling of packages

Large exporters will use their own labels with their name, address and the product already printed on them.

A whole pallet load will receive a packing list with the name and address of the receiver, the variety, class, weight and other information of the load.Smaller exporters can design their own blank label and stencil it.

Stamps can be used for the name of the exporter and for other information required. The name of the receiver can be filled in with a water-proof marker pen.

If the labels are not self-adhesive, special label gluers (4 or 6 inches width) can be used to glue the label. The most simple solution of course is to use a brush to add the glue to the box and onto the label. Special care must be taken to prevent the glue from touching the produce, since this may affect quality.

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