Packaging Tools and Advice
- Use a rigid box with flaps intact.
- Choose the 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 package. Consider
strength, cushioning, and durability.
- Choose boxes made of corrugated cardboard, with good quality outer
- Wrap all items separately.
- Put goods in the centre of a package ensuring they don't touch the
sides. Your item should be well cushioned on all sides.
- Make use of cushioning materials, especially to stop your packages
contents from moving.
- Use strapping, when suitable, as a good way to seal and secure
- Use strong tape designed for shipping if strapping is not
- When re-using a box remove all old labels including any old
hazardous materials 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.
- The minimum size for handling is the equivalent of A4 size
- 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 package.