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Packing Boxes & Oversized Pallets

How to package heavy items for shipping

The insurance we offer is only valid if your goods are suitable to withstand the normal rigours of transit - which might include shipping by road, rail, air or sea.

Generally, insurers are happy with professional packing by a specialist company or manufacturers' packing on new items.

If you are packing the goods yourself, you should:

  • Use a sturdy corrugated cardboard box for large or multiple items.
  • Individually wrap items within the box with protective cushioning to absorb any impact during transit.
  • Pack the item with foam, polystyrene, newspaper, bubble wrap or other similar protective packaging.
  • Ensure that the item is secure and can't move around within the box.
  • Overfill the box to account for any shifting or settling during transit if you are using foam or polystyrene peanuts.
  • Use a well padded envelope for smaller items.
  • Seal the package with parcel tape at least three inches wide. (It's more hardwearing and better than masking tape, sticky tape or string).
  • Clearly label the package with the recipient's full address, and include a return address.
  • Cover any sharp or protruding edges of irregularly shaped items with padding or corrugated cardboard. Make sure the label is also well-attached to the item.
  • Pack rolled goods, such as fabric or wallpaper, in corrugated boxes.
  • Please be advised that collections and deliveries are kerbside-to-kerbside, and pallets must be placed on a hard and even surface (i.e concrete, tarmac).

The guide below is for packaging pallets

  • If you are booking a pallet service, please use a Euro Pallet, or a UK pallet. All the carriers within the UK can only handle these 2 pallet types.
  • Please make sure you do not use an American pallet, as it is not transportable through our services.
  • The pallet you are using must be a 4-way pallet, so it can be easily handled by a pump-truck.
  • Ensure the pallet you are using is of good quality and sturdy, some countries require heat treated pallets, please call us to confirm before packaging your goods.
  • Package the items you wish to transport in heavy duty cardboard boxes for shipping, these can be identified by the number of ply (Triple ply would be the best)
  • Arrange the boxes on the pallet, try to keep the height on each level the same and all items within the footprint of the pallet.
  • Keep the heavier items on the base, this will lower the centre of gravity and maintain balance.
  • Delicate items should be packaged towards the centre of the pallet.
  • Once all of the items have been packaged on the pallet you will begin the shrinkwrap process.
  • Begin by tying a knot in one corner of the pallet base and start walking and wrapping the pallet base 3 times over before you start moving upwards.
  • Ensure the shrinkwrap is taught as you walk.
  • Finally cap off the pallet with shrinkwrap and attatch the label.
  • If your pallet will be travelling via Sea Freight, you can would be best to buy a shipping carton which is a pre-built wooden box to affix onto a pallet base.
A good quality pallet

A good quality pallet

A correctly loaded pallet

A correctly loaded pallet

An incorrectly loaded pallet

An incorrectly loaded pallet

Goods should NOT overhang the pallet

Goods should NOT overhang

How to measure a pallet

How to Shrink Wrap a Pallet

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Please note, these tips are general guidelines only and we can't be held responsible if your goods are damaged as a result of unsuitable packaging.


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