Whether you are shipping delicate crystal figurines or a massive four-poster bed, the key to successful shipping are careful packing and choosing the right carrier. So here are some shipping tips to guide you when sending stuff locally or abroad.
Don’t just dump your items in a box and expect that they will arrive in perfect condition. Before packing them in a box, protect it from scratching or breaking by wrapping it in plastic, bubble wrap, furniture wrap or tissue. To protect artwork, use non acidic paper.
Use a cushioning material like foam or rubber as a second layer of packaging to help absorb shock and vibration.
Make sure that the items are secure and won’t move within the box. Always fill empty spaces with packaging material such as packing peanuts or crumpled newspaper. Most damage occurs because the item is not properly secure inside the container. The outer layer of the package should be a hard, puncture-resistant surface, like heavy duty corrugated cardboard or plywood.
Label packages properly. Labeling plays an important role in shipping and avoid misplacement, mix up or loss of shipment and simplify the process and expedite the transit time. Place labels on two opposite sides of each box. Also put special labels such as Fragile, Direction arrow, handle With Care, etc.
Use a reputable shipping company that offers excellent service and affordable rates.