Sending a parcel or package used to be so easy, but with some new regulations and stricter rules for shipping, many business and individual customers can understandably be confused. But it need not be this way. If you are sending parcels on a regular basis, whether for business or personal reasons, you need to know the proper way to package and ship your items and parcels so that you don’t go through too much of a hassle and you can avoid having your items rejected at customs or not reaching your recipient on time. If you want to be sure that your parcel and items reach their intended destination in good form and in good time, here’s a list of packaging and shipping dos and don’ts for you.
Packaging and shipping dos
Do make use of brand new boxes or containers every time
It won’t do to reuse containers, even if you think they are still sturdy and durable and will handle being transported in good form. Always use containers or boxes which are brand new, and, whenever possible, go for double-walled boxes or containers as well, such as the mailing boxes available from UK Packaging.
Do make use of internal packaging materials
It’s also best to make full use of internal packaging materials such as foam, packing nuts, or bubble wrap, just to ensure that your item is more secure. The more packaging or padding you use, the better protected your item inside. The experts actually recommend that you use a minimum of about 5 centimetres in filling or packaging material.
Do measure and weigh
You should also make sure to measure and weigh your package or parcel once you have entirely packaged it. You want the extra surety that the package is the same weight and measurement as stated in your booking or receipt.
Do write it down as clearly as possible
Once your parcel is packaged, do write down the address of the recipient and your address as clearly and legibly as possible. Use a good pen for this, and make sure the tracking or reference number is clearly stated as well.
Packaging and shipping don’ts
Don’t use the wrong materials
When packaging your parcel, make sure to use the appropriate packaging materials. For instance, it’s best to use proper parcel tape for sealing your package rather than just mere cellotape (or worse, rope). Also, don’t use packaging such as cloth or fabric to wrap your parcel in; it’s always best to use a cardboard box, preferably one that’s strong and sturdy.
Don’t include the item’s value outside the box
It’s also best not to include details of the value of the item outside the box. You should just include the details of the item’s value in your booking or receipt.
Don’t use the wrong box
Don’t choose a box which cannot handle the load or weight of the item inside. Most boxes and containers will include details of the weight they can sufficiently carry, and a good supplier of boxes and containers will give you this information as well. Make sure the box you choose can handle the weight of the items inside, or you can end up with a damaged box, or worse, a damaged item.