Tips to Protect Electronics When Shipping


Electronics are among the most sensitive of items when it comes to shipping. They are also among the most frequently shipped. On the most basic level there are the overseas manufacturers of electronics for retail consumption that ship cargo to North America on a daily basis. Then there are the large businesses and organizations that require shipping for their electronic materials actually used in the manufacturing, construction, and development process. Others operate offices overseas and require safe shipping for their electronic hardware and software to be used in the scope of day to day business. No matter which category your organization falls under, today’s Cratex Group blog post is for you.

6 Tips to Protecting Electronics During Shipping

1. Inspect Pre-Used Hardware for Discs and External Plug-Ins

Companies that ship electronics for the use of their business may be shipping items that have been used on numerous occasions. If so, be sure to thoroughly inspect them to check if any CDs, USB plug-ins, and all other forms of data based media have been removed.

2. Pad Screens in Excess

Screens found on viewing devices (LCD, etc…) and monitors need to be well padded for a long journey, perhaps to the point of excess if said journey is expected to be bumpier than most standardized electronic packing can handle. Err on the side of extreme caution and you can be sure that your screens arrive without a scratch, ready for performance.

3. Plastic Wrap Electronics with Toner Cartridges

Offices, construction companies, and architectural firms often ship electronic materials used in their day to day business that use toner. If feasible, separate the cartridges and wrap them in plastic securely to avoid any leaks or pressure based liquid explosions. It’s one thing lose a cartridge or two, but it’s a whole other expensive ballpark when such a leak destroys the electronics packed along with it.

4. Use Green Anti-Static Peanuts

Standard packing foam peanuts cause static and will damage electronics in shipping. Ensure that you are using anti-static peanuts and while you’re at it go-green by using an environmentally friendly alternative that can be found at many packing suppliers today.

5. Label and Inventory Every Single Component

The more sophisticated the electronics the more it seems that the absence of the smallest of seemingly insignificant pieces, plugs, or cords will prevent the entire system from working. Be sure to label every single removable competent and sign-off on the inventory at the moment the crating is closed. This is essential both for the sake of efficiency (for receiving parties) and security.

6. Use a Reputable Packing & Crating Company

At the end of the day it is best to allow a professional experienced in securing electronics for shipping over great distances and through the most tumultuous of ocean conditions to do the job. You know your product/materials, they know how to protect them. If you are shipping electronic cargo from a Greater Vancouver area port then contacting Cratex Group for your industrial packing and crating needs for electronics is the right choice.