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Packaging Advice

Advice to ensure safe and secure delivery of your consignments

Best practice to ensure your goods are being secured and packaged correctly

Boxes
Always use strong, good quality boxes or packaging materials.
Positioning
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.
Liquids
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.
Labels
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
Ideal cushioning – bubble wrap, shreds, packaging chips, even old newspapers.
Sharp Items
Always protect sharp items securely, carefully wrapping and protecting any scissors or knives to prevent them from sticking through boxes and packaging materials.
Size
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.
Data Storage
Protect data storage media with appropriate cushioning and ideally wrap each item separately.
Packaging
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.
Weight
Be realistic about the weight of items that you put in a box – do not be tempted to overload boxes.
Smaller items
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.
Labels
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