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Shipping Packaging Advice

The Right Carton

  • Whenever possible, pack items in specific transit cartons that are double walled and robust.
  • Packaging strength is needed because parcels may be stacked on top of each other in storage and in transit.
  • Local packaging suppliers, stationers and post office shops are a good source of transit cartons and other packaging materials.

Size Matters

  • Choose a box or carton that is a little larger that the items to be packed, to allow protective packaging to be used inside the box.
  • Underfilled cartons may collapse.
  • Overfilled cartons may burst.

Invest in Packaging

  • Use good materials.
  • It is a false economy to save pennies when protecting contents worth pounds.

Cushioning Counts

Use cushioning materials like.
  • polystyrene beads,
  • wood straw,
  • bubble wrap,
  • shredded paper
to cushion goods inside the box and stop contents moving during transit.

Delicate and Fragile

If you are shipping delicate or fragile items.
  • Place them in the centre of the carton.
  • Make sure they are not in contact with the outside walls at any point.
  • Surround them with adequate cushioning materials.
  • If there is more than one item - for example cups and saucers - place cushioning around each object, as well as around them all.
  • 'Fragile' or 'Handle with Care' labels are for information only, and do not confer any magical protective powers!.

Liquid Precautions

If you are shipping liquids
  • Make sure they are in strong leak-proof container.
  • Seal with a double wrapping of plastic film.
  • Package them as suggested for delicate and fragile items above.
  • Leakage may spoil other items in the same package, so ship liquids in a dedicated carton.

Smelly, Greasy

If you are shipping semi-liquid substances like grease, or strong smelling goods.
  • Wrap them in plastic film or grease-resistant paper.
  • Seal them with adhesive tape.
  • Package them as suggested for delicate and fragile items, above.
  • Leakage or contamination may spoil other items in the same package, so ship them in a dedicated carton.


If you are shipping powders and grains.
  • Package them in a dedicated container, or in strong plastic bags. Seal securely.
  • Package them as suggested for delicate and fragile items, above.
  • Leakage or contamination may spoil other items in the same package, so ship them in a dedicated carton.

This Way Up

  • Use arrow-up adhesive labels if you are shipping liquids, semi-liquids, powders or grains.
  • They can be bought at stationers, packaging suppliers and some post offices.

It's a Gift

  • When sending pre-packaged or pre-wrapped gift items do not rely on the manufacturer's display or presentation packaging.
  • Repack gifts in line with the advice on this page.

Large, Flat And Flexible

If you are sending large, flat, flexible items, like maps, plans, posters, etc,
  • Pack them flat between two rigid boards (like hardboard).
  • Or roll them and place them in postal tubes.
  • Triangular tubes are less likely to be damaged than round tubes.

Sound and Vision

When shipping computer discs, CDs, DVDs, etc,
  • Place each one in a protective sleeve.
  • Package them tightly together
  • Put them into a strong outer carton, with cushioning materials.
When shipping magnetic media like audio or video tapes.
  • Consider transferring them onto optical media like DVD or CD ROMS.
  • If this is not possible, package them in protective sleeves.
  • Place then in the centre of a larger box.

Sharp Precautions

When shipping items like tools, knives and scissors.
  • If possible pack them in manufacturer-supplied protective packaging.
  • Or in a dedicated sheath that will protect edges and points.
  • Or protect edges and points with heavy non-corrugated cardboard, taped securely in place so that it cannot be dislodged.
  • Make sure the recipient knows what is in the package, to avoid the possibility of injury during unpacking.


It is perfectly acceptable to reuse previous packaging material.
  • Make sure it is undamaged and strength has not been compromised by impact or damp.
  • Remove or completely obliterate all previous address, routeing or content information.

Close Firmly

  • Seal boxes using STRONG parcel tape, or plastic strapping.
  • Domestic adhesive tape is inadequate and can fail in damp or wet conditions.


When using Global Logistic Solutions shipping services.
  • In most instances a properly formatted address label can be printed on your computer printer.
  • If you cannot do this, write the address and other information clearly on the outside of the package.
  • Use large capital letters and black or dark blue ink to improve readability by shipping staff.

Some Do Nots

  • Don't use fabric bags as shipping outers.
  • Don't completely seal your package; customs officers may need to open it for inspection.
  • Don't use rope or string to seal boxes. It can break, and it can catch on other packages and cause damage.
  • Do not rely on "Fragile" and "Handle with care" labels as a substitute for careful packaging. They are only appropriate for information purposes.

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