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myHermes is committed to delivering your parcels with care. However, parcels can travel many miles to reach their delivery destinations. In order to make sure your parcels arrive in the best possible condition, here are some helpful tips on packaging.

We have also created a range of useful packaging videos to ensure your parcel arrives safe and sound.

Packaging dos

Liquids
High quality packaging

Consider strength, cushioning, and durability when choosing your packaging; polystyrene chips, polyethylene foam, bubble plastic, crumpled aircushions or shredded paper.

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Corrugated cardboard

Choose boxes made of corrugated cardboard, with good quality outer liners. Use heavy-duty double-layered board for valuable items.

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Strapping

Use strapping, when suitable, as a good way to seal and secure your box.

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Strong tape

Use strong tape if a strapping machine is not available.

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Triangular tubes

Use triangular tubes, not round tube-type cylinders, to pack rolled plans, maps and blueprints.

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Jiffy bags

Remember always to pack small items in Jiffy Bags.

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Use dividers

Always use cardboard dividers when sending flat, fragile material (such as vinyl records).

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Remove labels

When re-using a box, remove all labels and stickers.

Packaging don'ts

attractive packaging
Attractive packaging

Don't send goods sold in attractive packaging as they may not be suitable for shipping.

Badly packaged
Badly packaged

Don't use substandard or damaged cartons. Ensure that the box is in good shape and not worn out.

Label as fragile
Label as fragile instead of careful packing

Don't consider "Fragile" and "Handle with care" labels as a substitute for careful packaging. They are only appropriate for information purposes.

Circular tubes
Circular tubes

Don't use circular tubes for rolled papers as they will roll around making them more difficult to pack and ship than triangular mailing tubes.

Size packaging according to contents
Don't allow contents to move

Choose the appropriate size of packaging for the items you are sending. Under-filled boxes are likely to collapse; overloaded ones may burst.

Cloth or fabric bags
Cloth or fabric bags

To ensure your items are adequately protected - don't use bags made of fabric or cloth.

Old labels
Resend parcel without removing old labels

Don't reuse old packaging without removing all previous labels and stickers.

Dangerous or prohibited goods
Illegal goods

Don't send dangerous or prohibited goods as you may be liable to prosecution.