During transport each Shipment is exposed to outer impacts – e.g. shocks, vibrations or pressure. To ensure a damage-free transport you should use good packaging. Please consider that products packed in the “original packaging” are not automatically suited for transport. In most cases additional padding between original packaging and shipping package is required. To allow a full protection of packaging, the external packaging, the product and the internal packaging must form a complete unit.In case of a dangerous good shipment special packaging regulations need to be maintained. For national shipping the ADR regulations apply, for international shipping further regulations of IATA-DGR need to be considered. These regulations describe in detail the requirements of packaging material, the build-up and the content of packaging.
Packaging of Shipments
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- An appropriate internal packaging is as important as a good external packaging. Internal packaging lessens outer impacts, secures the product and provides space between the contents and external packaging.
- It is of importance to never place shipping objects that are sensitive to pressure or breakage, immediately against the external packaging or against other contents. Fragile contents, as glass, ceramics, sculpture, electronics and similar items require particular secure packaging. Please provide at least 50 mm of space between product and packaging.
- When packing several products, the packaging should contain separative elements to protect the content from shifting.
Consider following advice when choosing the internal packaging:
- The more sensitive a product, the more important is a good internal packaging. For lightweight products use soft cushioning, for heavy items use firmer filler material.
- Cushioning cannot be replaced by high quality packaging.
- Remember to have sufficient thick cushioning around the overall content as well as around each single product.
- Adequate cushioning e.g., is bubble wrap, corrugated cardboard or mechanically crumpled kraft paper. We advise you to use 5- or 6 layered bubble wrap when sending very sensitive goods, like glass.
- Crumpled newsprint paper should only be used as filler material for more insensible products.
- Clothes, tablecloths or pillows are generally not suitable for cushioning.
- Polystyrene balls move with static exposure. In the following inner hollows may result and the content is not fixed anymore. Therefore it is reasonable to spread the balls after the first filling through shaking motions. Afterwards you can fill evolving hollows with balls up to the rim of the box.
- It is of importance to mind the right size (content plus cushioning) and adequate stability when choosing packaging. Especially well suited is corrugated cardboard.
- Depending on weight, sensibility and size of good you might also be able to use stable boxes made of solid board, flexible cover made of wrapping paper and envelopes (padded or cardboard-reinforced).
Consider following advice when choosing the external packaging:
- The more pressure or shock-sensitive and the heavier and bigger your shipment piece is, the more stable your external packaging should be.
- If you wish to use a used packaging a second time, please consider a possible significantly reduced stability. Therefore please check the stability through looking for tears, crushing, dents and perforations. Do not use damaged second-hand packaging.
- External packaging should only be used twice, if they are suited for reuse. Old labels, barcodes, etc. are to be removed when reusing.
- The heavier and bigger a shipment, the stronger the packaging material should be. Therefore, please mind a good sealing of your packages. It is for transport safety as well as a proof of originality.
- Appropriate is e.g. a self-adhesive synthetic sealing tape with a usual width of at least 50 mm. But you may also use wet-adhesive strips with applied reinforcing threads or reinforcing material.