A set of internationally recognised symbols is used to indicate how cargo handlers should handle packages, eg:
- a picture of a wine glass indicates fragile goods
- sets of cross-hairs on two sides indicate centre of gravity
- orientation arrows to suggest fluids inside package and package stowage
These symbols are contained in the standard ISO 780.
Note that certain markings have to be correctly positioned to be of use, eg the crosshairs used to indicate centre of gravity must be placed on sides at a right angle to each other.
Other packaging information
Labels should provide details of package weight and dimensions. It's usually necessary to mark your packages' country of origin. Check regulations in the destination country. Different export markets can require the country of origin to be marked in different ways.
Packages should appear as anonymous as possible - don't mark them with brand names or any indication that there might be valuable goods inside. This will only increase the likelihood of tampering or theft during transportation.
All fruit and vegetables destined for the EU must be labelled with their country of origin. See our guide to food labelling and packaging in international trade.