Everything that is couriered is of value to the client and recipient. When couriers are shipped over long distances there is a need for appropriate packaging to avoid damage during transit. The regulation over transit of goods across boundaries varies depending on the country it is transported to. How to courier a package from the USA to India will depend on the courier service availed. Mostly the basic packaging system is the same for similar goods. Here we discuss a few ways to ideally package couriers before giving to the courier services. Click Here to know more about these services. Some courier services offer guidelines for packaging while others may package the goods for you at a nominal rate or even free of charge.
Before using the courier service one must be aware of the items that are on the prohibited list of items that cannot be shipped from one country to another, or for that matter sometimes even within the state. The list of prohibited items across countries usually is set by regulations and does not change. Sometimes items may be added to the prohibited list without prior notice. Dangerous goods, currency, precious and semi-precious items, jewelry, commodities banned by law, liquids, semi-liquids, live plants, food stuff and perishable items are all mostly on the prohibited list of items. Shipments that may cause a delay in shipment of all other goods too are prohibited.
Business documents must be packaged in heavy duty envelopes. These envelopes are available in various sizes and materials, with cloth lining or cardboard lining and may even be waterproof. For large business documents opt for a poster tube packaging. Poster tubes may be made of cardboard or ideally of plastic.
Use rated, double-walled boxes to send items across. Rated boxes have information on them about their weight capacity. Choose a box larger than the item to be couriered. Place enough packaging material between the item and box to prevent damage by impact. If there are more than one item inside the package, wrap them separately to prevent their knocking about. Use polystyrene, bubble wrap, newspapers, foam peanuts or pellets, shredded cardboard and other suitable materials for cushioning against impact. Tape the edges of the box by H-taping method with pressure sensitive tapes.
If there are liquids in the parcel, keep them in leak proof containers and plastics. Powder material too requires special packaging. Powders are usually packaged in strong plastic bags and placed in rigid fiberboard boxes. Temperature-sensitive items must be packaged accordingly with proper instructions.
Electronic items must be packaged by the box-in-box method. Ideally, the electronic item must be in its manufacturer’s packaging before being placed into a larger box. The larger box must be at least 14cm larger than the actual box. Before placing the item in the larger box, layer the bottom of the larger box with packing material up to 6 cm. Leave 6 cm gap around all four sides, top and bottom for packaging material. Seal the box by H-taping.
Label the items appropriately and let the address of delivery be visible upon the courier and be waterproof. Label fragile items and use arrow labels to indicate the direction of placement. Follow packaging guidelines specified by the courier services.