We can offer a packing service using your materials or provide bespoke packaging for any special consignments, this also includes wooden cases tailor made for export. For more information ring 01453 821308 or e-mail contact@alinelogistics.co.uk for a free packaging survey and report. We specialise in small volume short term projects.

Getting your parcel packaging right is important as any poorly or unpacked goods which are damaged during transit are automatically excluded for the purposes of an insurance claim. Your parcel may be exposed to adverse environments caused by such things as weather conditions and transport vibrations. Fortunately, there are many good packaging solutions for the protection of your goods*

External Packaging

Internal packaging

It’s important to cushion the contents of your package properly. Make sure you wrap each item separately. Fragile articles need both suitable separation from each other and clearance from the corners and sides of the box. You should leave a space of at least 5 cm between the outer container and the product inside. This space should be filled with enough internal protection to ensure the contents do not move when you shake the container. The following are the most common purpose-made types of internal packaging:

The Do’s

  • Boxes should be durable and double-walled. Remember that items will get stacked in transit;
    therefore your packaging may need to support the weight of other packages.
  • Choose the size of the package according to its content. Under-filled boxes are likely to collapse;
    overloaded ones may burst.
  • Always use high quality materials for your shipments. Consider strength, cushioning, and durability
    when selecting your wrapping supplies.
  • Choose boxes made of corrugated cardboard, with good quality outer liners. Use heavy-duty
    double-layered board for fragile items. Parcel packaged well for courier delivery
    Make use of cushioning materials, especially to stop your packaging contents from moving.
    Use strapping or strong tape to seal and secure your box.
  • Put fragile goods in the centre of a package; ensuring they don’t touch the sides. Your item should
    be well cushioned on all sides.
  • Ensure liquids are stored in leak-free containers, packed with a lightweight, strong, internal material
    (for example, Styrofoam) and sealed with a plastic bag. Always remember that bad packaging may
    cause damage to surrounding items.
  • Seal semi-liquids, greasy or strong-smelling substances with adhesive tape, then wrap in grease
    resistant paper. Always remember that bad packaging may cause damage to surrounding items.
  • Place powders and fine grains in strong plastic bags, securely sealed and then packed in a rigid fibreboard box.
  • Use “arrow-up” label for non-solid materials.
  • Repack your gifts properly. Many goods sold in attractive packaging will not be suitable for shipping.
    Use triangular tubes not round tube-type cylinders to pack rolled plans, maps and blueprints.
  • Remember always to pack small items and flyers appropriately.
  • Protect your data discs, audio and video-tapes with soft cushioning material around each item.
  • Complete the address clearly and completely, using uppercase letters when handwriting labels to
    improve readability for courier personnel.
  • When shipping sharp items, such as knives or scissors, ensure that you fully protect the edges and
    points. Heavy cardboard is suitable for this. Fix the protective material securely so that it cannot be
    accidentally removed in transit.
  • Always use cardboard dividers when sending flat, fragile material (such as vinyl records).
  • When re-using a box, remove all labels and stickers. Ensure that the box is in good shape and not
    worn out.

The Don’ts

  • Do not use bags made of fabric or cloth.
  • Do not over seal your package. Remember that all shipments can be opened by customs
    authorities for inspection.
  • Do not use cellophane tape or rope to seal your shipment.
  • Do not consider “Fragile” and “Handle with care” labels as a substitute for careful
    packaging. They are only appropriate for information purposes.