Shipping items is oftentimes done with boxes. A carton box usually serves as the best container for small items to several objects in one big box. Whether the items are for business or private uses, boxes should be tamper-proof and they must be very durable. However, it is always likely for damages to occur when these boxes are shipped through different methods. When this happens, it could be a major headache.
Preventing damages in shipping boxes can be done with a plan. This plan should involve preparation, selection, packing and labeling.
Prepare and segregate items to put in boxes
You can put whatever items you want inside a box or a parcel (if parcel shipping). However, it is likely you will have items damaged when they are placed alongside other items that may put dents or cause abrasions.
Segregate which class of items to be stacked in one carton box and another group of objects for another. For instance, you don’t want fragile objects to be placed alongside sturdy objects that may cause glasses and porcelains to break.
Pick a Box Size
If you are moving, you may want bigger boxes instead of small ones. But if you are just packing one small item, why purchase a big box. The size of the boxes corresponds to the purpose and the size of the objects to be packed.
Put thick styrophor at the base of the box before the items are placed for insulation. Individual items can be encased in bubble wrap for better insulation when shipping. Glasses can be wrapped with newspapers.
Do the shake test
Before you seal the box with a tape, close it and do a gentle shake. If the contents move, fill the box with packing materials such as papers and chips of styrophor.
Put adhesive tapes to join and close the seams.
Securely strap the seams with tape. Make sure all the seams are taped to avoid the box from being snagged.
Label the Box
Mark the name of the shipper with the address and the address of the consignee after the name. Write legibly and don’t forget to include zipcode and complete address for faster delivery.
Contact information should be included. The label should be written on the side where there is no tape used and at the top of the box.
Put Fragile Sticker or Marker
If the box contains breakable items, don’t forget to mark a label “fragile” on the box. This will alert delivery men to be extra careful in handling the boxes.
Insure the boxes
Do boxes need insurance?
Yes, they do and even more so if the contents are very valuable. When you ask for the shipping rates, include insurance in the inquiry. Insurance can be integrated in shipping cost especially if the shipping is long-distance. But to be sure, ask the courier if it is integrated.
If you want help, ask for box shipping services
If you can’t do the packing by yourself and you don’t have any help, you can avail for a box shipping service. Some services can be availed for a special rate. The service of packing can be done professionally which could be an advantage.