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Things to Keep In Mind When Packing Products

shipping goods in a factory

When you are packaging items you might not take the time to carefully consider how important packaging can be to your products. Not only is packaging what protects your items, but it is also the way your products are presented to buyers, distributors, resellers or even customers if you ship directly to them. Take time to carefully consider the packaging that your products are going to be using.
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Things to Consider with Overseas Shipments

overseas shipping

Shipping overseas is not like shipping domestically, or even shipping internationally over land. There are many more points to consider when shipping to a country overseas.

Proper planning and thought about the things you need will ensure your shipments arrive on time and where you need them to end up. It will also help you predict the proper costs to charge for shipping your items overseas. Take a minute to consider some of the things listed below before shipping overseas.
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Picking the Right Packaging Bag

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There are quite a few choices out there for packaging bags to contain your products. Selecting the proper bag can speed up your packing operation. It can add protection to your product as well as provide a professional and finished appearance in the customer’s hands.

The bag is the first thing your product goes in when getting ready to be shipped. It will also be the first thing that your customer will see. Here are some of the types of bags that are available for your use in shipping.

Polyethylene Film

One of the simplest types of bags that are available are polyethylene film bags, referred to as poly bags. These bags are thick and sturdy. They can take a slight beating in shipping without ripping open.

They also offer a variety of closure methods. Poly bags can hold up everything from sealing glues to stapling. They can also be tied shut.

Poly bags can come in an assortment of colors or with printed text or logos on them for presentation purposes. A bonus for food shippers from the United States, poly bags are certified for food handling by the US Food and Drug Administration.

Shrink Bags

Shrink bags are bags that can be shrunk down to form a tight fit around the items being shipped. These bags are created to have only one opening, which means that packing efficiency can be increased by only having one end of the bag to seal.

Shrink bags can be used to organize larger lots of items into a single package. They also provide a nice sealed presentation for customers. Shrink bags are generally of a thinner material than poly bags, so they are less durable and technically offer less protection.

There are two specific types of shrink bags, Polyolefin and PVC. The main difference is that PVC bags are typically not used for direct contact with food items. This is because when polyolefin bags are sealed, they release odors that can spoil the taste of food items. Some federal agencies, like the US FDA have disallowed PVC bags for food use for this very reason.

Mesh Bags

If you are going for a designer look, mesh bags might be an option for you. Mesh bags are made of fabric and can be obtained in a variety of colors. They will not seal out (or in) any harmful environmental conditions like moisture during shipping, but they can provide a professional and finished look to your products on arrival.

Paper Bags

One of the oldest and most versatile types of bags, paper bags can be used to wrap any sort of items. Like mesh bags, they do not offer any real sealing benefits, but they come in a variety of sizes and colors and can be fastened shut in a variety of ways.

Once all of your goods are bagged up and ready to go, contact packing and crating experts like Cratex Group to get your shipment organized and on its way to your customer’s hands!

Shipping Containers: Units and Designs

Shipping crates and containers come in all shapes and sizes for all manner of goods shipping. These containers form the heart and soul of the entire shipping industry. Trade and transport would be impossible without a broad variety of options for moving cargo. Choosing the proper shipping container for your cargo is vital to ensuring that the goods you are sending survive their trip in good condition.

Let’s examine several different types of shipping containers, and the purpose they serve.

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Shipping Containers Still Get Where They’re Going

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If you’ve seen the recent critically acclaimed movie All is Lost, starring the weathered Robert Redford, you’ll recall the awakening moment at the beginning of the film. Our protagonist’s sail boat slams into an adrift shipping container, setting in motion a series of events that consume the next 90 minutes of your life, or 8 days on the cinematic sea for Mr. Redford.

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