What is a Dunnage Air Bag?

What is a Dunnage Air Bag?

At Exporta, we have a lot of self-explanatory products. Products such as plastic pallets, ratchet straps, crates… basically items that are part of day-to-day life for many that need no explanation at all. One product in our range, however, often causes confusion. Only those who use them understand what they do and how they work. Dunnage Air Bag.

The bags can be found here, it’s worth having a look for any of this blog to make sense.

These bags are often mistaken for other common items in the product handling trade. One of the common products these air bags are often mistaken for is Rubble Bags. They have the same woven plastic texture and a similar look.

Another common question we often get asked about them is, what size are they? Are they the size of a pillow or the size of a car? In truth it’s not easy to tell from a photo that doesn’t allow for scale.

So, what are they? The best explanation I’ve come across while marketing these bags is as follows.

‘Like an air bag protects you in your car, a dunnage air bag protects your products in a container’

And that, is essentially their main purpose. These bags are an evolution of straps and cardboard being put in place to try to protect pallets of goods while they’re being shipped in containers. They cushion products throughout their journey, absorb impact and provide a level of protection not seen before in the industry.



So how do they work?

It’s remarkably simple. The bags have valves in their top corner. The bags come completely deflated and flat and are held between two areas that need to be protected. The bag is then inflated using an inflator. And that’s it. The bags then hold the goods securely in place, absorbing any shock and they don’t deflate meaning you can rest assured your goods are being looked after in their journey.



What size are they?

Our smallest bag is 900x600mm and our largest bag is 2200x1200mm and we have seven sizes in-between. The bags inflate up to a width of 300mm so they can fill large gaps as well as small ones.


How do I inflate them?

We have a wide range of inflation options available to you. The easiest way is to use a cable free handheld inflator as this means there’s no lagging cables to trip over. You can have a look at what’s on offer here.

Our sales team can help you work out the best option for you as every warehouse has a different setup, a cordless option however can work anywhere.




In a word, no. These bags are manufactured to an incredibly high quality, and they are scrutinised and tested regularly. 1 in 10 of the bags you buy is tested. They are manufactured by an AAR ISO9001 company, and they are made with a high-quality PE bladder.

Dunnage Air Bags really are one of the most innovative products seen in the packaging industry over the last couple of decades. They are proven to reduce damages and they are far safer for those unloading containers as there is no loose wood or cardboard to contend with. It’s the sort of product that, once you start using, you wonder why you haven’t been using it for years.


Want to know more?

To arrange a demo, get in touch today and one of our team would be delighted to come to you and demonstrate how they work in person. Give us a call on 0800 294 4394 or email sales@exportaglobal.co.uk

You can also fill out our contact form by clicking HERE



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