How to avoid common packing mistakes

From weak boxes to unreadable labels, incorrect packaging can result in your goods getting damaged or delayed. Find out what the most common packing mistakes are and how you can avoid them.

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Use the right box

If the box you’re using to ship your goods is wet or weak, the contents of your shipment are at a greater risk of damage. So make sure you use a strong, good quality box.

You need to have the right size box – it’s recommended you choose a box slightly larger than the goods you’re shipping so there’s room for protective packing material like wadded paper or packing peanuts.

There should be no gaps in the box as this may cause the contents of the shipment to move around in transit and get damaged. But don’t overpack the box as this will weaken it.

Seal the box correctly

Avoid just taping the top and instead use the H-taping method. That way each seam is covered and your box won’t open during transportation.

Ensure the label is readable

Unreadable labels could result in your shipment being delayed. So make sure the label is legible and clear.

Put a backup label inside the package. Then place the other label on top of the box and not over the seams as this could tear it.

Remove labels from recycled boxes

For reused boxes, make sure there are no leftover labels from previous shipments on it. This can cause confusion and can, again, result in your shipment being delayed.

Watch this video, for more information on how to label your shipment correctly.

Make sure your box is stackable

If there’s a bulge at the top or bottom of the box, it won’t be stackable. So make sure all the surfaces of the box are flat.

Follow the arrows of the box

If your box has arrows, make you sure to stack the package following their direction.

Use a pallet for heavy shipments

If you’re sending a large or heavy shipment, use a pallet.

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