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Parcels can travel many thousands of miles and proper packaging can help ensure your shipment to arrive safely. Here’re some tips for good packaging :
Understand your packing needs is an essential step to determine what kind of quality packaging will be needed to protect your items during delivery. Here are some influencing factors :
The box or packaging should be strong enough to hold the weight of the items being shipped. Odd-shaped or rounded packaging may need extra attention.
Extra cushioning and protection may be required for high value goods. You may need to get your parcel fully insured as well.
Special handling label such as “fragile” and extra cushioning may be required for fragile items.
Some regulated items may require special packaging to be eligible for delivery. However, items that are classified as prohibited or restricted will not be allowed for delivery via EasyParcel. Refer here.
Having a proper and quality packaging is critical when it comes to delivery. All Items must conform to the packaging requirements of courier. Items that are not correctly packaged or containing dangerous or prohibited materials may be refused and returned to the customer.
Internal packaging will be used as cushioning to :
Bubble wrap, airbags, cardboard and foam peanuts/pellets are all commonly used as packaging material. Use them to secure your items as every layer of padding is an extra layer of protection. Following the below table will help you decide what material is suitable for your needs.
|Type of Material|
|Small cell ½ inch
Suitable for lightweight items
|Large cell ½ inch
Suitable for medium weight products
High quality corrugated cardboard boxes are always recommended as used/recycled boxes offer less protection to your items. For fragile or heavy items, double-wall or tri-wall constructions are recommended. If you’re sending light weight items, you may consider to use packaging flyers as well.
Under-filled boxes may collapse and over-filled boxes may burst. Prevent this by choosing a box that fit to your items being shipped. Ensure it allows adequate clearance for sufficient internal packaging to be used on the items being shipped.
Here are some basic principles you should take note before packing :
Always ensure to fill empty space completely with void filling materials such as foam peanuts or air bag within the box to avoid items moving during transit.
Always place items in the center of the box with at least 6cm of separation from any external walls or corners.
When shipping multiple items in a single package, always wrap each item individually and separate with corrugated inserts or other divider materials to avoid damage. For odd- or irregular-shaped items, always wrap and tape all sharp edges or protrusions.
Place all items in one large outer carton or send them in separate parcels. No compensation for loss will be given on parcels that are strapped together.
Choosing an appropriate adhesive tapes and sealing method can help in protecting your shipment from being exposed or fall open. These are some of the recommended tapes :
Avoid using any of these tapes as it does not offer better strength and durability to hold the parcel :
Air waybill/consignment note
Always use clear and accurate air waybill with completed details to ensure your shipment moves swiftly throughout the delivery process. Here are some tips to take note :
Make sure your air waybill is printed in A4 paper/A6 thermal sticker.
For A4 air waybill, place it or any other documents in plastic adhesive pouch and attach it on top of the box. For A6 air waybill, attach the sticker air waybill on top of the box.
Write the collection and delivery details on the box using marker pen just in case the air waybills falls off during transit.
Do not apply tape over the air waybill to avoid scanning issue.
Remove all outdated address labels on the outer box if any.
To avoid any delay in transit always make sure that all necessary documentation is fully and accurately completed before sending. Failure to correctly declare the contents of an international parcel can lead to delay in delivery and excess charges.
Attach special handling label to your parcel can help to notify courier riders on how it should be handled and taken care of. Get the label here.
The parcel contains fragile items and must be handled carefully.
The upward arrows show the preferred orientation of the parcel and protect it against incorrect transportation or wrong storage.
The parcel must be protected from excessive humidity and be stored in dry condition.