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Parcels shipped to another country can often travel thousands of kilometres, it is essential to ensure that it is correctly packaged as to avoid damages caused in transit. International standards for packing are very stringent as any shipment is handled by a network of conveyors, airports or shipping terminals and people, so how does one correctly pack such shipments?

The most important thing to keep in mind is to remember the weight of the item you are packing, as well as how fragile this is. Should it be very valuable items that are being shipped, it is always good practice to provide extra cushioning to ensure no damages. It is also good practice to keep a 6cm gap between the item and the sides of the box, this gap will be filled with soft packing material.

Although you want to keep your item safe and undamaged, it is important to remember that packaging adds weight to your shipment, only add the necessary amount of padding to a shipment and think of clever, lightweight solutions to add some stability as well as closing any spaces that could lead to the item being shipped shifting around and getting damaged in the process.

Always keep in mind to rather use undamaged corrugated boxes, or better yet, wooden crates, offering better protection for heavy, dense and fragile items. Creating a good seal around the outer box will also ensure your shipment is safe, and always remember that loose items will not be shipped.

In the case where multiple boxes of the same size is being shipped, stack them on a pallet and wrap this with shrink wrap ensuring they are tightly wrapped and will not shift. From there ensure that all necessary forms and labels are attached clearly marking the both the consignor and consignee as well as the destination address.

When having a car or any type of automobile or big, heavy equipment shipped, it is import here to remember to drain the engine completely, ensure all doors are closed, loose parts secured and that the batteries are disconnected.

“Nothing is more disappointing than receiving a damaged shipment” says Ryan, director of Pioneer Freight, “but it is the sender’s responsibility to ensure that the package is correctly and securely wrapped, always make sure you use the correct and most durable packing material.”