6 Tips to Preparing your Cargo for International Shipping (PART 1)

1) Make sure your goods are ready for the pressures of international shipping

First and foremost, you should analyze how protected your goods are throughout the entire journey. This is particularly the case for larger goods. It’s not just about making sure that the goods are protected, but that it is ready for what international shipping throws at them.  This means you should make sure your goods are stackable. Especially in the case of Groupage, or cargo, it may be the case that your goods will be shipped with a range of other goods, and it’s important they are both protected and also able to be placed alongside, on top, and against other goods without being damaged.

Make sure your goods can also withstand being handled by a forklift. In many international deliveries, your goods will likely be loaded and lifted by a forklift for further loading/stacking or onwards on its journey – you need to make sure it is ready for safe handling.


2) Get The Packaging Right

If you are sending parcels internationally, investing in double-walled or reinforced parcel boxes should be a new standard for your business at a minimum. The additional protection this type of packaging provides is well worth the investment and is a straightforward method to minimize damage during transit.

The two-layers of corrugated cardboard can protect a myriad of goods, and with the containers available in a range of different sizes and weight capacities they are the perfect first step for businesses looking to reduce the likelihood of returns.

This can also be helped by ensuring fragile goods are labelled as such on the exterior of the packing so couriers know clearly the care with which they should be handled.

3) Don’t Forget Internal Packaging and Taping

Now you’ve upgraded your parcel boxes palletized or crated your goods, it’s key not to underestimate the importance of internal packaging. Using packing peanuts or air cushions are a great way to fill the empty space in parcel boxes – with more substantial internal packing needed for those bigger goods to minimize the empty space inside.

No matter how sturdy your box is, if you’re putting small and/or fragile goods inside without filling the surrounding space, you are massively increasing the likelihood of damage. This is especially the case if the goods are going on a long-distance journey, or is being handled by multiple couriers, where it may be knocked side to side.


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