How do I pack my items to send with a courier company?

In my many years working in the courier and freight industry I have been asked literally hundreds of times the best way to pack something in a box so it doesn't get damaged while in transit.

While your parcel is in our care we take care of it. We treat it with respect! We even ocassionally re-pack parcels that arrive in our depot if they are not fit for transit. But it is no secret that when a parcel goes into the parcel network and begins its journey to its destination it can get bumped about a bit.

In the space of 24 hours your parcel can visit 4 different depots and be on and off half a dozen vehicles. So, it is essential that your item is packed correctly for safe transit.

Some Packing Tips:

  1. If there is more than one item in the box wrap each one individually

  2. Use bubble-wrap, foam peanuts or corrugated card for wrapping items

  3. Place your items in an internal box that will go inside the final box. Fill any void areas with packing material. An empty part of a box can get crushed if other boxes are placed on top.

  4. Only use strong double or triple wall boxes, and preferably new ones rather then re-used. If you are re-using a box make sure any old courier/ delivery labels are removed

  5. Use good quality parcel tape to fasten your box and if you have access to pallet or parcel wrap then use lots of it

  6. Ensure that your address labels and customs documents will not get smudged or damaged. Ideally you will place them in a document pouch and stick it to the parcel.

I often tell our clients that if they are happy to stand up, hold the parcel straight out in front of them and let it drop to the floor then it will be safe in transit! It works!

Remember that it is your responsibility to package your items correctly. You parcel will travel with hundreds or thousands of other parcels in a van, truck or plane and it could be at the bottom of the pile.

We are always happy to advise on packing and, of course, some things are more of a challenge to pack than others. So if you have any questions or need any advice please do not hesitate to contact us.

Theo Birch: ALC Global

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