Compared with plastic strap and textile strap steel strap has practically no elongation and thus it has a bad shock absorption with respect to transport-conditioned influence and rough treatment.
It has a much higher breaking strength, however, which can be indispensable for heavy and heaviest packages. Also very rough surfaces and sharp edges are no trouble for steel strap. As well it is indispensable for packing of goods, which are still hot.
Steel strap is used in particular in the steel industry but also in the wooden industry and building industry.
For steel strapping there are systems with and without seals which guarantee absolutely sturdy strapping.