Goods in transit travel on multiple vehicles, get loaded and unloaded using forklifts, get sorted on conveyor belts, go on bumpy and roads. To prevent damage in transit, it is essential you package your goods correctly.
When packing, remember that your items must be able to withstand being dropped or tipped over, being impacted by other heavy items whilst in transit, being fork-lifted on and off vehicles. We know that you want your freight to be delivered in the same condition as when it left you. Read below for a comprehensive guide and packing instructions to achieving this.We’re always delighted to advise on whether your goods are packed well enough – just send us your photos!
We’re always delighted to advise on whether your goods are packed well enough – just send us your photos!
Types of Packing
CARTONS – these make your freight easier to handle by keeping loose items together. They also provide protection to the display packaging of your freight and allow for packaging aids such as foam packing.
PALLETS – packing freight onto pallets provides stability and makes handling it much easier. It is essential that the weight of all the items on the pallet is evenly distributed and that freight does not hang over the edges of the pallet. We also recommend shrink wrapping your palletised freight as it lowers the risk of items being separated and also provides a smooth surface for labels. Banding or strapping to bind bundles are also methods of keeping items together.
CRATES – these provide solid walls for your freight that are also able to bear weight. Crates should be purchased from a professional crafting company.
Interior Protective Packaging
You must use some type of interior protective packaging materials or forms within the shipping container. This is to:
- Cushion the contents from shock/vibration —> foam sheets, padding
- Brace contents in position to reduce movement within the container —> foam sheets, air bubble sheeting
- Fill any gaps remaining —> newspaper, moulded pulp, inflatable air bags
- Protect surfaces from damage —> air bubble sheeting, paper tissue, polyurethane foam
- Protect contents from corrosion —> desiccants and vapour corrosion inhibitors
- Protect from electro-static discharge using modified versions of packaging materials —> foam sheets, air bubble sheeting, polystyrene, expanded beads etc.
- Protect contents from temperature extremes —> polyurethane foam, air bubble sheeting, foam sheets etc.
Small items can be packed in cartons and should include extra packaging inside to eliminate movement within the carton.
Cartons may be used if the total weight is less than 25 kilograms; otherwise, a pallet or skid is necessary. Each item needs to be drained of all fluids/oils before packaging. A crate or similar external protection is important. You’ll be shipping with other heavy items and you want to prevent bumps and scrapes in transit.
Flatpack furniture can be easily damaged in transit
When shipping fragile and very long freight, that the items are bundled together and then packaged on a skid or pallet. Putting long-items onto a pallet allows the freight to be properly loaded and unloaded with a forklift. Placing the items in a crate means the items won’t be damaged if your items are not top loaded.
If you’re in any doubt at all, contact us! We’re happy to help!
You need to take extra special care of fragile and valuable items.
Each individual item should be wrapped in newspaper/tissue paper that protects the freight from damages. The prepared item should then be placed into an inner container, and in turn, this inner container should be placed into a corrugated cardboards outer container.
Bubble wrap around the inner container is useful in eliminating movement and protecting the freight. It is also recommended to use FRAGILE tape as a highlighter.
We can also arrange a VIP carrier to take your goods on air ride trucks, provide professional packing services and much more.