Close-up detail of package strapDoes your business involve distributing your products to other parts of the country or the world? Even if you employ a third-party shipper to take care of your cargo, you still need to check the packaging used is strong enough to withstand the trip, be it by land, sea, or air. For this, reliable strapping tools are essential, including tensioners, sealers, and cutters.

If you are new to the world of strapping, here are the types used for specific cargoes.

Regular steel

More damage-resistant than other materials, regular steel straps have become stronger through advances in technology. Steel strapping is best used for heavier loads that need more protection.

High tensile

A variation of steel strapping, this is typically used for heavy-duty applications such as railroad freight for open-top train cars or trailers, and to secure steel coils.

Stainless steel

Better suited to resist the elements and extreme weather conditions, the stainless steel strapping comes in various sizes from 3/8 inch x .015 inch to 3/4 inch x 0.30 inch. The measurements are crucial when the weight of your shipment is of particular concern as the strapping’s size can have an impact on the total weight of the cargo.

Zinc coated

If your cargo will be stored for quite some time, this type of strapping prevents the build up of rust and corrosion, especially inside shipping containers. It’s also UV resistant and won’t break easily.


Its application is similar to steel strapping although it’s best suited for medium term use, although it is sometimes used longer term storage.


About half the weight of steel, poly strapping is also less expensive. It comes in different colours that are useful if you need to colour code your cargoes. It is not suitable for heavy loads.

Poly cord

Poly cords are polyester straps woven together to create a very strong rope that also has great shock absorbency. This can be very useful when your cargo is transported by sea, which can be turbulent at times.

If you are going to invest in strapping, determine the width of the strapping necessary before procuring tools to secure your cargo.