Sending parcels across the world has become an incredibly popular practice thanks to numerous online shopping outlets allowing current owners of valuable belongings to exchange their items for cash.
We spend plenty of time purchasing items online and, when we buy from sellers like ourselves, we expect the item to arrive in good condition.
The seller must therefore do everything in their power to ensure the item they are selling does not suffer any form of damage in transit and must be extremely careful if the parcel is travelling a particularly long distance.
The vast majority of couriers will do their utmost to ensure your parcel arrives at its destination in the best possible condition, yet they cannot do it all by themselves. Here are some top tips you can follow to ensure the parcel you send abroad is not damaged and arrives exactly how you expected to.
Use an Appropriately-Sized Cardboard Box
Cardboard boxes are the best method of packaging for any medium-sized object or item and give you the perfect platform for packaging items safely and securely. The box should be slightly larger than the item, with any spaces in the cardboard box filled with packaging materials such as Styrofoam.
The space between the sides of the box and the item should, ideally, be minimal. Ample cushioning should be used to ensure any potential movement of the item while in transit is prevented. Your item should not touch the sides of the box.
Secure with Sturdy Packaging Tape
The tape you use to secure your cardboard box must be designed for packaging as this will almost certainly provide the strong and reliable security needed to prevent the box from opening in transit.
Reinforced paper tape is the most obvious choice of tape for packaging, with standard transparent tape not recommended. If you are using a recycled parcel, make sure that there are no old parcel labels still on the packaging you are using.
Be Aware of Prohibited Goods
As well as focusing on the type of packaging you are using, with old, worn out and damaged boxes an absolute no-no, it is vital that you don’t send valuable items abroad that may be prohibited.
Countries have their own lists of prohibited items that you should always check before sending a parcel to a specific country. You certainly don’t want your valuable item being stopped in transit and potentially destroyed due to being prohibited. It’s not what you nor the addressee would want.
What about Unique Items?
Some items are heavier or bizarrely shaped compared to standard shipments and these may require specific types of packaging to be sent safely to your addressee. Boxes are always the best method of packaging and for heavier or fragile items, wooden boxes can offer the solid protection needed. When packaging using wooden boxes you must make sure that the corners are well protected and the box is not splintered.
Heavier items also benefit from heavy-duty double-layered cardboard packaging and this is actually a cheaper alternative to wood. Tubes and cylinders, despite suiting certain shapes, are not the ideal choice of packaging as they can roll around in transit, increasing the chance of damage.
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