Packaging your items correctly is extremely important to avoid not only damage but delays as well.
If goods need to be repackaged during transit this can cause extended delays to the end customer.
Remember if your goods are found insufficiently packaged, insurance won't cover you.
Choose the right packaging!
Make sure the contents fit properly inside the satchel or box. Trying to fit too much in a satchel might cause it too burst/open during transit which means the contents may get lost.
Same goes for satchels or boxes that are too large for your items as these packages may be crushed. If it moves around it might get broken easily.
If you're using a satchel, make sure it's completely sealed and any dead space is taped in.
When using boxes and cartons, make sure to seal all seams with secure tape - our carriers recommend a simple H pattern affixing flaps to the box on all sides.
Protect your items!
Fragile items or liquids items MUST be packaged with internal protection and correct labels.
- Pad each item separately using bubble wrap, tissue paper, or newspaper
- Remember machines can't read fragile labels so it's important to use internal padding and ensure there's nothing loose moving about inside the box. If it's loose it'll most likely break!
- Use double edge boxes where possible for added protection
- Label liquids with 'THIS SIDE UP' to avoid leakage
Declare the right size and weight!
Always declare the correct weight and dimensions. Parcels are always weighed at the depot and if the item is undeclared, you'll be charged extra. It's better to overestimate than under!
Make sure you factor in the box or packaging when measuring the cubic size of the parcel or pallet.
Check the cubic weight restrictions and packaging guidelines of each carrier before booking.
Palletised items must include the weight/dimensions of the pallet once packaged in full, not just the contents.
Heavy goods over 35kg will require a tail-lift service. Make sure you're using a specialised courier for palletised goods such as TNT or Allied Express as Shippit will automatically request this for you at the time of booking.
Remove any old labels and ensure the correct label can be read properly. Ensure there is no tape placed over the barcodes as this will affect it being read.
If you're using a label machine, make sure there are no creases on the label when applied to the parcel.
Use the correct printing sizes on paper if you're not using a label machine.
Need supplies? We've got you covered!
Shipping supplies like satchels, cartons, printers or labels, can be purchased them directly from our supply store.