A specialised Garment-on-Hanger (GOH) service that allows clothing manufacturers to ship garments on hangers is helping APM Terminals Inland Services’ Indian container services division cater to the needs of leading global apparel brands.
APM Terminals Inland Services fabricates and modifies standard dry shipping containers, enabling them to conveniently carry coats, dresses, jackets, blazers and other clothing items. As a result, it is possible to transport around 5000 women’s coats in a single 20ft container, for example. “It is an efficient and dust and wrinkle-free method of transportation for the clothing industry as it keeps the garments protected and in a hanging format, cutting down on multiple post receipt activities under the traditional approach,” explains Managing Director of APM Terminals Inland Services South Asia, Ajit Venkataraman.
The traditional method of transporting apparels involves packing into cartons and stuffing them into containers. With the GOH system, garments are individually placed on hangers and covered with plastic. These hangers are then hung in the specially-designed and fabricated garment-holding system inside the container.
“When it is time to export the shipment, we create customised GOH containers by fabricating dry containers with hanging systems, technically best suited to handle the load and volumes,” continues Venkataraman. “These systems are then load-tested to ensure there is no overloading or mishap on the journey – for example, the garments falling off the system onto container floor.