Do's And Dont's

This guide will show you the best way to prepare your parcels for safe delivery.

Sending Parcels - The Do's and Dont's

We've compiled this list of things you should and shouldn't do when preparing to send a parcel.
By taking a few simple precautions and ensuring you follow our guide, your parcel should arrive undamaged and on time.

The Do's

Boxes should be durable and double-walled.
Remember that items will get stacked in transit, therefore your packaging may need to support the weight of other packages.
Always use high quality materials for your shipments.
Consider strength, cushioning and durability when selecting your wrapping supplies.
Make use of cushioning materials, especially to stop your packaging contents from moving.
Put fragile goods in the centre of a package, ensuring they don't touch the sides. Your items should be well cushioned on all sides.
Place powders and fine grains in strong plastic bags, securely sealed and then packed in a rigid fibreboard box.
Repack your gifts properly. Many goods sold in attractive packaging will not be suitable for shipping.
Remember to always pack small items and flyers appropriately.
Complete the address clearly and completely, using uppercase letters when handwriting labels to improve readability for courier personnel.
Always use cardboard dividers when sending flat, fragile material (such as vinyl records).
Choose the size of the packaging according to its content. Under-filled boxes are likely to collapse; overloaded ones may burst.
Choose boxes made of corrugated cardboard, with good quality outer liners.
Use heavy-duty double-layered board for fragile items.
Use strapping or strong tape to seal and secure your box.
Seal greasy or strong smelling substances with adhesive tape, then wrap in grease resistant paper. Always remember that bad packaging may cause damage to surrounding items.
Use "arrow-up" labels for non-solid materials.
Use triangular tubes not round tube-type cylinders to pack rolled plans, maps and blueprints.
Protect your data discs, audio and video tapes with soft cushioning material around each item.
When shipping items that have sharp edges and points, ensure these are adequately protected. Heavy cardboard is suitable for this. Fix the protective material securely so that it cannot be accidently removed in transit.
When re-using a box, remove all labels and stickers. Ensure that the box is in good shape and not worn out.

The Dont's

Do not use bags made of fabric or cloth.
Do not consider "Fragile" and "Handle with Care" labels as a substitute for careful packaging.
They are only appropriate for information purposes.
Do not over seal your package. Remember that all shipments can be opened by customs authorities for inspection.
Do not use cellophane tape or rope to seal your shipment.