For shipping routes passing through the southern hemisphere, South Asia’s monsoon seasons are a bi-annual event that can cause unprecedented damage to cargo if not planned and accounted for.
India’s summer monsoon season lasts from June to September, while the winter monsoon brings seasonal rainfall from October to December. For shipping routes travelling around or close to South Asia and Australia, these seasonal changes represent a major danger to the safety of cargo.
The heavy downpour of rain during monsoon season is unpredictable, with hours of intense sunshine following. These intense fluctuations in weather mean that the humidity in the air is very thick. In fact, according to India Meteorological Department (IMD) the normal expected range of relative humidity in the air is 45%.
Each year 10% of products delivered around the world are damaged by repair by humidity and temperature changes creating what we call “container rain”, causing corrosion, peeling and destroyed packaging and goods. Humidity is a risk on every journey, but when passing through the southern hemisphere during monsoon season, the risk becomes even higher.
There are many ways to try and reduce the damage caused by humidity and moisture, but the best cure is prevention – that’s why we developed BirchSorb Cargo specifically for shipping journeys.
BirchSorb hyperdesiccant™ is designed to last for up to 12 weeks, absorbing three times its own weight in moisture – with no opportunity for moisture to re-release, even in hot environments. It’s more effective than Silica Gel, Desiccated Clay or Calcium Chloride, safe to handle, and can be disposed of with normal waste.
Get in touch with a member of our team to find out more – BirchSorb Cargo is available in hanging strips and sachets, with global delivery via our supply network.