How to safely package your parcel
We have also created a range of useful packaging videos to ensure your parcel arrives safe and sound.
Consider strength, cushioning, and durability when choosing your packaging; polystyrene chips, polyethylene foam, bubble plastic, crumpled aircushions or shredded paper.
Choose boxes made of corrugated cardboard, with good quality outer liners. Use heavy-duty double-layered board for valuable items.
Use strapping, when suitable, as a good way to seal and secure your box.
Use strong tape if a strapping machine is not available.
Use triangular tubes, not round tube-type cylinders, to pack rolled plans, maps and blueprints.
Remember always to pack small items in Jiffy Bags.
Always use cardboard dividers when sending flat, fragile material (such as vinyl records).
When re-using a box, remove all labels and stickers.
Don't send goods sold in attractive packaging as they may not be suitable for shipping.
Don't use substandard or damaged cartons. Ensure that the box is in good shape and not worn out.
Don't consider "Fragile" and "Handle with care" labels as a substitute for careful packaging. They are only appropriate for information purposes.
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.
Choose the appropriate size of packaging for the items you are sending. Under-filled boxes are likely to collapse; overloaded ones may burst.
To ensure your items are adequately protected - don't use bags made of fabric or cloth.
Don't reuse old packaging without removing all previous labels and stickers.
Don't send dangerous or prohibited goods as you may be liable to prosecution.