Packaging Guidelines

 
Guidelines for Good Quality Packaging
 
All delivery companies try to be committed to delivering your parcels with speed and care. Sadly, in reality, this does not always happen. Parcels may be handled several times. It is therefore important that all items are packed very well. Below are some tips that will help you make sure your package arrives at its destination on time and in the best possible condition.
 
 
Useful Packaging Tips

Do:

  • Use a rigid box with flaps intact
  • Boxes that also contain glass, should be packed inside a smaller box. That small box should be placed inside the main box, with suitable cushioning. This way, in the event that glass shatters, the glass will remain in the smaller box, and not damage the other items in the main box
  • Choose the right size of the box according to its content. Under-filled boxes are likely to collapse, overloaded ones may burst
  • Always use high quality materials for your packaging. Consider strength, cushioning, and durability
  • Choose boxes made of corrugated cardboard, with good quality outer liners
  • Wrap all items separately
  • Put goods in the centre of a package ensuring they do not touch the sides. Your item should be well cushioned on all sides
  • Make use of cushioning materials, to prevent the contents from moving
  • Use strapping, when suitable, as a good way to seal and secure your box
  • If strapping is not available, use strong tape designed for shipping
  • When re-using a box, remove all old labels including any old hazardous material indicators
  • Ensure liquids are stored in leak-free containers, packed with a lightweight, strong, internal material (for example, Styrofoam) and sealed with a plastic bag. Always remember that bad packaging may cause damage to other items
  • Place powders in strong plastic bags, securely sealed and then packed in a rigid box
  • Use ‘arrow-up’ labels for non-solid materials
  • Repack your items properly. Many goods are sold in the original manufacturers packaging which may not be suitable for carriage
  • Protect your data discs, audio and videotapes with soft cushioning material around each item
  • Complete the address label clearly and completely, using capital letters when handwriting labels to improve readability
  • Place a duplicate address label inside the parcel
 

Do Not:

  • Use bags made of fabric or cloth
  • Consider ‘Fragile’ and ‘Handle with care’ labels as a substitute for careful packaging. They are only appropriate for information purposes
  • Use substandard or damaged cartons
  • Allow contents to move within their packaging
  • Don't allow fragile items inside a package to touch each other