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Tips for Packing Fragile Freight

With the holiday season only a few weeks away, you may be wanting to get a head start on your shipping needs.  Not only are holiday deadlines important, the overall packaging process should also play a role in your final shipping decisions.  This process is especially important if you are shipping or transloading fragile items.  Here are some important tips to better protect and pack your fragile cargo.

Use Boxes or Crates

Regardless of the size of the fragile freight you are looking to ship, it is a good idea to encase it in a rigid frame that will protect your cargo from the beginning of its journey to the end.  Boxes or crates not only protect freight, they are also easier to store, transload, unload and reload.  If you want your fragile cargo to arrive at its destination in the same shape it left your warehouse, use boxes or crates.

Here are some guidelines to remember when you are packing your fragile freight into crates:

  • Pack fragile items close together to minimize movement and damage.
  • Pack heavier items at the bottom and lighter items at the top, to prevent the heavier items from damaging the lighter ones.
  • Fill all crates to full capacity, to not only minimize damage, but also get full value out of your shipment.
  • Use packing material to take up any excess space in your crate.
  • Pack one crate inside another to ensure extra protection for ultra-fragile or breakable items.
  • Clearly label fragile items on the outside of your crates, so the shipper knows what they are dealing with.

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It is also advised that you separate your cargo and do not ship both fragile and non-fragile goods together.  This separation will minimize any damages that may occur over the course of the shipment.

Wrap your Goods

Another important part of protecting your freight is to wrap it up.  You may need to individually wrap fragile items before placing them in the shipping crate.  This is especially true for the following items:

  • Glass
  • Electronics
  • Antiques

Even if each item does not need to be individually wrapped, you may want to wrap the entire shipment so that it remains protected and attached to its pallet.  A well wrapped shipment is less likely to get damaged or tip over.


A fully enveloped shipment is a shipment that can be easily loaded and unloaded and will be a more efficient piece of cargo.  This can save you money and time in the overall shipping process and will ensure a timely delivery.

These are just a few ways that you can protect your fragile goods.  If you would like more information about the many different shipping options that we offer or other ways to move and protect fragile goods, please contact us today.  We would love to be a part of your shipping team and help you protect those fragile holiday goods.