A freight forwarder should provide assistance to the customer on how to package their products for export. Packaging that would normally be used for shipping within the US may not be sufficient for extended transportation where the items may be either loaded in a container or loaded and unloaded several times along the route.

The item may be allowed to be stored in environments where extreme temperatures or weather may be experienced. If an item is being shipped via air, then the freight forwarder may suggest packaging that is lighter than normal to keep shipping costs to a minimum.


Freight forwarders will assist their customers in providing the correct labeling they require for their items.

The correct label will be required to show:

  • the precise items in the shipping container
  • any hazardous items
  • country of origin
  • correct weight in pounds and kilograms
  • port of entry details
  • any details that are required in the language of the destination country

Storage, Packaging, and Distribution

Once manufactured, our products are stored in drums, bags, intermediate bulk containers (IBCs), totes or tank containers for delivery to our customers via all modes of transport.

Again, environmental, health and safety issues are paramount as chemicals can be hazardous if not managed correctly. Accidental leaks or spillages must be prepared for. As with manufacturing, there are extensive international, national and regional laws and regulations in place which govern what can and cannot be done. These cover the packaging, labeling, and transportation of all our products.

If products are hazardous, such hazards must be highlighted. Requirements to carry out distribution risk assessments and to have emergency response systems in place are described in Huntsman internal standards. Huntsman employs logistic service providers for all of its distribution, so their working practices are audited and monitored in similar ways as for other suppliers to ensure that they maintain the highest EHS standards.