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Packaging.                                               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 liners.
  • 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 your box.
  • Use strong tape designed for shipping if strapping is not available.
  • 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 envelope.
  • 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.