Shipping Boxes – What you Need to Know

No matter if you are shipping locally, nationally or internationally, you are going to need a container in which to ship your goods.  In most cases, the most logical and practical receptacle is a box.  However, not all boxes are created equally and what you ship will directly impact what type of box is right for you.  As the premier company for all of your packing and crating needs, we would like to share the following tips on what shipping boxes are right for you.

Size Matters

Choosing the right size box to ship your goods is an important consideration.  You will want to pick dimensions that are neither too big nor too small.  You do not want to cram your goods into a box nor do you want to use a lot of extra packing material to contain your goods during shipment.  Oversized boxes will get damaged more easily as there is a lot of empty space in them.  The size of box you choose will also directly correlate with your shipping costs, so choose wisely.

Know your Contents

The contents of your box will dictate what type of box you use.  The type of goods you are shipping, whether they are fragile, perishable, oversized or heavy all require different packaging.  Regardless of the type of product that you are shipping, always choose a high-quality box that is durable enough to withstand the bumps and bruises of its shipping journey.

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You may want to think about shipping insurance, especially if your goods are rather expensive or fragile.

Pack and Stack

Properly pack each box and ensure that all empty space is taken up with packing material.  You do not want your goods shifting and moving around in their boxes.  Other details that you will want to account for, when packing and stacking your goods, include:

  • The weight of each box. Do not over pack items and make sure that the box is not too heavy and is manageable.
  • The total weight and dimensions of each box. This information is important once you are stacking the boxes on a pallet.

Proper Labels

If you are shipping hazardous or fragile materials, make sure to label all boxes and contents.  The last thing you need is damaged or unusable freight arriving at its destination.  Other labels that you should attach include:

  • A return address.
  • Any labels that are required to meet applicable laws and industry standards.
  • All of the proper paperwork, tariff bills or other important documents that your freight may require.

Choosing the right box for your goods will save money and reduce shipping costs.  If you have any other questions about how to choose the right shipping box or are interested in how we can help with all of your packing and crating needs, please contact us today.  We would love to help you with the shipping process.  We look forward to working with you soon.