PREPARING BOXES

Do It Right.

HOW TO AVOID DAMAGE AND DELAYS

Little details when packing your goods can cause damage or delay your shipment. Here's what you can do to help ensure every box you send arrives on time and in perfect condition.

A GUIDE TO STRONGER BOXES

1. CHOOSE QUALITY

Used boxes can lose strength, so if you are reusing a box, make sure it's rigid and high-quality, with no holes, tears, or dents.

2. AVOID EMPTY SPACE

Too much cushioning reduces stacking strength. Choose cushioning with the correct density to keep items from shifting. Avoid boxes that are too big relative to their contents, as they risk getting crushed and could drastically increase the price of your shipment.

Learn more about dimensional weight

3. HEAVY BOXES

We can accept boxes up to 150 lb without a pallet, but please place a “HEAVY” label(s) on boxes over 50 lbs. Descriptive labels help identify special handling needs and can help ensure your shipment arrives on time and intact.

Too heavy? Use a pallet


4. SEAL WITH AN H

Once your box is properly packed, apply at least three strips of packing tape (do not use duct or masking tape) that is at least 2” wide evenly across all flaps and seams. Use the H pattern taping method on top and bottom, and consider strapping for heavier boxes.


5. LABEL CLEARLY

Remove any previous labels and markings that are no longer applicable. Affix new labels on the package’s largest surface so the barcode is flat and not folded over an edge.

Learn more about labelling

Well done!

Take care when packing

Your packaging needs to meet our minimum requirements.