Packing Tips

Step 1. Use a Corrugated Box

Whenever possible, use a new box. The more times a box is used, the more it loses its original protective qualities, so a previously used box may not adequately protect your shipment.

If you must reuse a box, make sure it is rigid and in excellent condition with no punctures, tears, rips, or corner damage, and that all flaps are intact. Remove any labels and all other shipment markings from the box. Choose a box strength that is suitable for the contents you are shipping.

Step 2. Provide Internal Protection

It is important to cushion the contents of your package properly.

Please be sure that you wrap each item separately. Fragile articles need separation from each other, and from the corners, sides, top, and bottom of the box.

Each item should be surrounded by at least two inches (5.08 cm) of cushioning and be placed at least two inches (5.08 cm) away from the walls of the box. This prevents product-against-product damage and protects contents from shock and vibration, which can pass from the outside of the box to the contents.

Please use proper cushioning material, combined with a strong outer container, to protect your shipment fully. Make sure you use enough cushioning material to ensure that the contents do not move when you shake the container.

Improper cushioning material includes clothing, blankets, towels, newspaper/newsprint, and pillows. Instead, please use the materials listed below to cushion and protect your shipment:

• Air-encapsulated plastic (small and large cell bubble sheeting), Designed to protect and cushion lightweight items

• Inflatable packaging (air bags), used primarily as void-fill materials for lightweight items.

• Expanded polystyrene "peanuts" (loose fill), used primarily as void-fill material for lightweight items.

• Foam-in-place/Foam-in-bag, a foam, sprayed into the box or mixed in packets, that expands and forms a protective mold around contents.

• Corrugated liners and inserts, may be added to the package to increase strength and improve package performance.

• Crumpled kraft paper, used primarily as a void-fill material for light-to-medium weight, non-fragile items and items that are suitable for such packing materials.

Note: Fragile objects such as electronics, glass, ceramics, and artwork, require special packaging for safe shipment. Packages containing these and similar items may require added cushioning or a double (over) box.

Step 3. Close Your Container Securely

Proper closure of your container is just as important as proper cushioning for the safety and security of your shipment.

To close a box securely, do not use masking tape, cellophane tape, duct tape, string, or paper over-wrap. Instead, use a strong tape -- two inches (5.08 cm) or more in width.

Step 4. Use Proper Labeling

For fast and efficient delivery, keep these points in mind when labeling your package:

• Place the shipping label on the top of the package. To avoid confusion, place only one address label on the package. If you are using a packing slip, place it on the same surface of the package as the address label.

• Do not place the label over a seam or closure or on top of sealing tape.

• Remove or cross out old labels or markings on a used box.

Note: If you are using a mailing tube, place the label horizontally, with each end of the label pointing toward the ends of the tube, so the bar code can be scanned.