Tips for Preparing Your Cargo for International Shipping

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Businesses that ship internationally need to be aware of many different aspects of the transportation process, including how their goods are protected when they’re moving from point A to point B. Whether you’re selling products online or are a business specialising in transportation and shipping, here are 6 tips for preparing your cargo for international parcel shipping.

Protect Goods from Damage

Always make sure your goods are ready for the pressures of international shipping. Your items might be completely fine when they leave your packing facility, but they’re likely to encounter a good amount of movement and handlings along the way, which could involve your items being bumped, shaken, or squashed during the shipping process.

Depending on the mode of transport, your packages may need to deal with significant vibrations, tilting, shaking and even “bouncing”.

As such, you should analyse how protected your goods are throughout the entire journey. It’s not just about making sure that the goods are covered in bubble wrap but also that the type of box you use is stackable, easy to manage and robust.

It’s likely that with many international deliveries that your goods will be lifted by a forklift for further loading/stacking on its journey. Therefore, make sure your goods can also withstand this sort of handling. This might require your boxes to be packed within boxes. However, just make sure you’re aware of the environmental impact of too many boxes and keep your packaging usage to a minimum.

Finally, protection methods can only do so much. Sometimes your items will receive damage or be stolen regardless of how you package them up. As such, we recommend that you take out comprehensive cover from one of our recommended commercial cargo insurance companies.

How to Pack RIght

If you are sending parcels internationally, consider double-walled or reinforced parcel boxes. The additional protection of packaging like this is a straightforward method to minimise damage during transit. For instance, two-layers of corrugated cardboard can protect several types of objects if your outerbox becomes crushed or pierced by another object.

This is especially important for delicate goods. However, make sure these items are always labelled on the exterior of the packing to notify couriers that the boxes shouldn’t be handled too aggressively.

For larger goods, consider using palettes. This will improve the structural security of your larger and heavier goods, and make them well prepared for what international shipping has in store, which includes shaking, shifting, tilting and bumps from other goods that might be in the same container or holding area.

Prioritise Functionality 

If you are considering using more ornate or softer packaging, make sure that first of all the packaging does the job of protecting the item. It’s admittedly important for you to be able to retain your brand integrity when you deliver goods to your customers, but just make sure this is not at the expense of product soundness and condition.

A broken product that is wrapped up nicely obviously isn’t doing anyone any favours. You can do what you like with internal packaging and wrapping, but it’s much better to use best practices and industry-proven packaging tools and equipment for external packaging. After all, pretty much all companies deliver their goods in similar looking brown boxes these days, including Amazon.

Make Sure Your Items are Insured! 

Sometimes you just can’t prevent your items from being damaged or lost. In these events, having cover from one of the UK’s leading commercial cargo insurance companies is paramount. At the Insurance Broker, we can help you find the right policy for your shipping needs.