Advice to ensure safe and secure delivery of your consignments
Best practice to ensure your goods are being secured and packaged correctly
Always use strong, good quality boxes or packaging materials.
Always pack items in the centre of a box and use plenty of cushioning to surround your item – this will prevent any movement during transit.
Make sure that liquids, semi-liquids, powders or strong smelling substances are properly sealed/clipped into leak-proof containers, it is advisable to wrapped in plastic bags, ensuring they are supported in an upright position within a strong box and correctly labelled with ‘arrow up’ signs.
If or when reusing boxes or packaging, it is important that you remove existing old labels and especially any hazardous information stickers or materials.
Ideal cushioning – bubble wrap, shreds, packaging chips, even old newspapers.
Always protect sharp items securely, carefully wrapping and protecting any scissors or knives to prevent them from sticking through boxes and packaging materials.
Always ensure you use the correct sized box for your items – a too large box may collapse and, likewise a too smaller box could burst during transit.
Protect data storage media with appropriate cushioning and ideally wrap each item separately.
Use strong packaging tape or a strapping machine to secure parcels, do not use domestic adhesive tape, always make sure all flaps are securely fastened.
Be realistic about the weight of items that you put in a box – do not be tempted to overload boxes.
Pack smaller items in larger boxes and remember that some attractively packaged gifts are not always suitable for shipping directly, they will usually require separate outer packaging and protection.
Ensure all labels are clearly marked / addressed (using capitals) and never cover them up with tape or film.
When labelling your items it is always best to include both address and sender details inside your parcel so that even if the outer label becomes detached, we can still safely deliver your parcel