Cargo strapping, also known as pallet strapping or bundling, is the practice of banding objects together to form a single and secured unit for shipping. It is an effective supply chain management process, which results in significant long-term cost savings. Businesses sometimes overlook the potential benefits of cargo securement due to their lack of knowledge of available options. It is perceived as just an extra shipping cost rather than seeing cargo strapping for its cost-effective benefits.


Cargo strapping keeps products secured and organised during transport to ensure they arrive at their destination safely. Strapping can be done with various materials, including cord, tape, wire and synthetic polymers; however, cord strapping in Australia has quickly become the industry standard for bundling goods. This article defines the different types of strapping available in the current Australian Supply Chain and Logistics Market.


Cord Strapping

Otherwise known as composite strapping, this is one of the most common types of strapping used to secure cargo and heavy materials. This versatile strap comes in various tensile strengths, widths, and core sizes.

There are three different types of cord strapping:

Poly Woven Strapping – Available in Bi-directional and Split Resistance models—provides two times the strength of traditional strapping and can resist splitting when used with heavier items. Cargo-Lash is a 32mm version of this and used to secure freight into shipping containers.

Bonded Cord Strapping – Nonwoven Strapping is made from polypropylene yarn, and it is widely used in the recycling industry to secure bales of waste.

Bonded Cord Strapping

Composite Cord Strapping – A composite material made of polyester fibres with a polypropylene coating – an ideal alternative to steel strapping. Our X-Pak strapping is a leading hybrid strap within the market.

You can learn more about it here.X-Pak Strapping


Steel Strapping

Steel Strapping is the most traditional method of strapping worldwide. Although known for its strength and durability, the availability of improved weaving technology means high tensile forces in Polyester and Polypropylene blended straps can match the strength of steel and are also more affordable.

Steel Strapping

The cutting of steel straps has been a long-standing concern for businesses. The process is time-consuming and can be dangerous if not done correctly. It is a common hazard to workers who may be injured when attempting to cut it. The steel strap must be cut using eyewear and gloves to prevent potential injury.

Polyester Strapping

Polyester strapping is often made from recycled PET material, reducing carbon emissions and conserving natural resources. Polyester strapping is a cost-effective material compared to steel strapping.

Polyester Strapping

When deciding which strap to choose, take a moment to research the available options. Also, you can call us on 1300 551 281 should you need any guidance in making the right decision for your organisation. We are leading load securement specialists in Australia.