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Shipping boxes

When moving abroad it is essential that good quality boxes and packing materials are used in order to protect your goods in transit.

All removal and shipping companies will stack your boxes and items of furniture in order to utilise the space on moving trucks and shipping containers, so it is very important that you use strong boxes.

Industry standard boxes for shipping would be double or triple wall and ideally be made of the following card:

  • 200K/200T B Flute – a heavier grade board.
  • 300K/300T B Flute – a very heavy grade board.

Do not use boxes like this


Collapsed second-hand boxes

  • Single walled boxes
  • Second-hand boxes
  • Self store boxes

Use boxes like this


New Double Walled Boxes

  • Double walled boxes
  • Triple walled boxes
  • Heavy duty boxes

Boxes are then stack like this


Boxes Stacked Correctly

  • Stacked correctly
  • Heaviest at the bottom
  • Securely fastened

Plastic Boxes and Containers

Movecorp does not recommend the use of plastic containers as these tend to be very brittle and crack easily when stacked. Cardboard boxes are made to cushion any impact and therefore do not crack or shatter.

Plastic Box and Container Recommendations

  • Use small plastic boxes to house small items eg: Knifes and Forks, but ensure they are packed into a quality removals box.
  • Do not use large plastic containers instead of boxes, as they are rigid which means they are prone to cracking.

Do not use plastic boxes

Plastic Box

  • Rigid construction
  • Easily breakable
  • Plastic can shatter

Damaged plastic box

Plastic Box Lid

  • Weak construction
  • Easily broken
  • Can’t hold weight

Damaged plastic box

Cracked Plastic Box Container

  • Crushed by other goods
  • Fallen out of position
  • Contents too heavy

Plates and Glasses

When packing plates and glasses, you should always make sure that you wrap them well to avoid any potential damages.

Plastic Box and Container Recommendations

  • Use small plastic boxes to house small items eg: Knifes and Forks, but ensure they are packed into a quality removals box.
  • Do not use large plastic containers instead of boxes, as they are rigid which means they are prone to cracking.

Preparing the box

Padding the box

  • Use a double walled box
  • Scrunched up packing paper
  • Add a top layer of packing paper

Wrapping plates

Wrapping a plate

  • Quality export wrapping paper
  • Use several sheets
  • Ensure plate is fully wrapped

Packing plates

Packing a plate

  • Stack plates upright
  • Ensure they are stable
  • Avoid gaps between plates

Add second layer of padding

Add second layer of padding

  • Add a layer of packing paper
  • Scrunched up packing paper
  • Add a top layer of packing paper

Wrapping a glass

Wrapping a plate

  • Use export wrapping paper
  • Spiral paper around the stem
  • Ensure stem is fully wrapped

Packing plates

Wrap the glass

  • Use export wrapping paper
  • Use several sheets
  • Ensure glass is fully wrapped

How to pack a removals box

One of our BAR (British Association of Removers) trained staff shows you how to pack a removals box.


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