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What Is Devanning, and Why Does Your Company Need Devanning Services?
June 9, 2020

You may have seen the term in the past and asked yourself, just what is devanning? Devanning in simple terms is the act of removing cargo from a sealed container. It is also commonly known as the stripping, unstuffing, or unloading of the container.

Typically, full container load (FCL) shipments are devanned at the destination warehouse.

Less-than container load (LCL) shipments are devanned at the destination Container Freight Station (CFS). This is process is also sometimes called "deconsolidation". LEARN MORE: What is a Container Freight Station (CFS)?


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How Can Devanning & Cargo Handling Services Benefit Your Business?

As one of the most demanding aspects of warehousing and logistics, it is important to have trusted professionals conquer the task of devanning to ensure it is done properly and safely. Improper unloading of cargo can result in injuries and product loss or damage. Leave this job to a team with product handling and devanning experience to minimize risks to both your people and products.

Having a devanning partner that is also well-versed in Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) can go a long way for your bottom line by giving you visibility into your shipping and receiving processes. WMS technology allows you to track and monitor all your shipment data in one place so you can begin to see patterns and gain new insights for your business. Some systems, like ours, even allow you to see photos of your products as they're received, and offer EDI (electronic data interchange) connectivity to funnel data into other enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems.

Not to mention, it’s best that you have container devanning conducted professionally in order to have the distribution and transportation processes be fluid, efficient, and reliable. By partnering with devanning experts like those at WDS, you’ll receive all of this and more.


About Container Devanning at WDS

WDS offers distribution solutions nationwide, meaning that cargo handling is an essential part of our routine operations and services that we offer to all of our clients across the U.S.


Our Heavy Lifting and Out-of-Gauge Capabilities for Devanning

No matter the size, big or small, we can ensure you that we can unload your containers with care, as we move cargo with heavy lift forklifts, cranes, and other rigging equipment for the most reliable cargo handling you can find.

That is why our skilled team at WDS includes forklift operators who are qualified for this essential job, working alongside handlers who have experience with the devanning and handling of cargo.


USDA Cleaning Services

For some of our clients who need cargo handling, we understand that cleaning may be necessary after the process, which is why we also offer USDA-compliant sanitizing  at some of our locations, like our warehouse in Cleveland, OH. Be sure to inquire about these services with our team members.


About World Distribution Services

Getting products where they need to be, when they need to be there, as efficiently as possible — at World Distribution Services, that’s been our focus for the past 60 years. With our national network of distribution centers, we’re never far from where your products are arriving. Take advantage of our consolidation and deconsolidation services to reduce transportation costs and get your products to market faster.

World Distribution Services’ headquarters can be found in Cleveland, Ohio, and as we continue to grow and expand, we will always stay true to our mission to providing the best in class logistics services you can find.


Our Services

As a leader in distribution services, we offer a variety of other essential industry services for clients helping to make us a one-stop-shop for all of your transportation needs:


Learn More About WDS’ Capabilities on Our Blog

Not only are we proficient in devanning, but we also offer a wide scope of other services to help your business be more efficient and successful. Here are some posts with detailed info you may enjoy:


Try Our Cargo Handling Services

If you think that your business could flourish with the help of our devanning services, be sure to reach out today.