If you have a business which makes it a point to send parcels and packages within the UK or overseas on a regular basis, then you need to pay proper attention to how you pack and ship your items. This is important so that you can avoid damaged or even lost things due to improper packaging or shipping, especially if your items have to travel through various customs points when you are sending them overseas – who knows what will happen to your items if they are not packed or shipped correctly? Fortunately, there are some handy guidelines you can follow for the proper shipping of your items in the UK or abroad. So what are these guidelines? Let’s find out.
Picking the proper box, envelope, or container
The box, envelope, or container you select will, of course, depend on what exactly you are shipping, but you should know that there are many choices out there, particularly when it comes to size. You should, however, remember to choose a box or container which is as sturdy as possible, preferably one with double walls such as the white postal boxes from UK Packaging, which offer additional resistance when you ship items within the country or abroad.
When choosing a box, envelope, or container, it’s also best for you to choose something which is slightly larger than the thing you are shipping. Try to avoid boxes or containers which are over sized, though, since they can be wasteful and you may end up paying more to send a bigger box or container. Additionally, they are more likely to get torn or dented if they are too big. On the other hand, avoid boxes or containers which are too small, as they may tear or rip if they are overstuffed.
Filling the space
You can also make use of various space fillers when shipping items; these fillers serve to protect the items from damage during transport, especially if they are carelessly handled or thrown around. When it comes to fillers and packaging materials, you have a choice between bubble wrap and packing chips, which are the most common, but you can make use of packing paper as well. Bubble wrap is great as a shock absorber, but it is not form-fitting, so the product may end up moving around. You can avoid this by wrapping the individual item or product in bubble wrap. Packing chips are versatile, light, and provide ample cushioning, but they can also create a lot of mess and can be challenging to store, so remember this as well. Packing paper may be a good option besides packing chips as it provides excellent padding for light items, and you can easily reuse it too.
Packing delicate items
If you are planning to send delicate or fragile products or items, here’s what you need to know: it’s best to wrap each product or item in bubble wrap, and then add more protection by filling the extra space with packing paper, chips, or more bubble wrap. If you want, you can also make use of stretch wrap to keep all the items together (if you are sending more than one item); this will help protect them and reduce the risk of any individual item or product getting lost as well. Lastly, don’t forget to mark ‘Fragile’ on the outside of the container.
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