The Snuff Tobacco Reference

Tobacco Baling

Baling is a tobacco bundling method whereby loose leaf tobacco is made into a bale as to facilitate storage, handling, and transportation operations. Baling is performed with the aid of a baling press, and bales are kept with cordage and are enveloped in burlap, canvas, or paper for protection and retention. Baling has advantages over certain alternative bundling methods such as sheeting in that bales have a smaller footprint and stack more efficiently, and baling as compared with hand tying is a quicker process that requires lesser skilled labor and as such is cheaper, but conversely baling has disadvantages including the increased difficulty of accurately grading bales and the potential for increased processing costs for receiving facilities that are not optimised for handling bales.


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  4. Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Tobacco of the Committee on Agriculture. United States House of Representatives. Letter from Kelly Haley to Larry Hopkins dated 1980-02-16. Page 59. 1980.