How to pack your belongings for international shipping

How to pack your belongings for international shipping

September 20, 2023

- By Jip Verduijn

If you're on the search for the best way to pack your belongings for an international business relocation, it may feel like you have a load of worries weighing on your shoulders. You might be moving interstate or even between continents, but correctly packing your items ensures they are sold to the idea of travel and are well packed and ready to make the journey safely. It also maximizes space and uses resources wisely, making the move more cost-effective. In this blog post, we're your friends in need, ready to answer your queries and walk you through the necessary steps to prepare and pack your items for international shipping!

See the topics below to know what you need to pack and bring for international shipping:

  • Gather the right packing materials

  • Measure and weigh items before packing 

  • Label all boxes with their contents and destination address

  • Choose appropriate packaging for fragile items 

  • Research shipping regulations for your destination country 

Gather the right packing materials 

On the course of your house relocation, appropriate packing represents a vital mountain to scale to guarantee the safety of your belongings. Gathering the right materials to pack such as sturdy boxes, bubble wrap packs, packed peanuts and the like - is a crucial step that shouldn't be canceled or overlooked. These materials serve as a brand of security for your cherished items, providing the necessary cushioning, protection, and support features that they require during transportation or storage. Boxes and packs of various dimensions should be procured and those destined for fragile items need to be handled and packed with extra care, marking them as 'fragile' for easy reference.

Measure and weigh items before packing 

As you embark on trip preparation, look at the different rules per shipment. If your cargo travels by plane,  it's of utmost importance to verify that your equipment adheres to the weight standards set by the airline. Acquiring a compact travel scale can substantially drive streamlined ease and convenience into this process. Dedicate the time to measure and weigh each individual item, a practice which encompasses your suitcase as well, to guarantee that you stay well within the weight constraints.

Label all boxes with their contents and destination address

When it comes to moving or shipping items, it's important to label everything clearly and accurately. That's why labeling all your boxes with details of their contents and destination address is so crucial. Not only will it help ensure that your items arrive at their intended location, but it will also make it easier for you (and anyone helping you) to track everything when it comes time to unpack.

Take the time to carefully label each box, including a complete list of its contents, price and details of the address it's headed to. With just a little writing on the box, you can make your move or shipment go much more smoothly in the long run. It only needs a title and the effectiveness will directly be visible. You can separate it into different topics, so that all the data on the labels makes sense.

Choose appropriate packs for fragile items

Choosing the right container, carrier, or form of packaging for delicate items can be a challenging task. If you want to protect fragile items, such as glassware or electronics, from unexpected bumps or drops, it's essential to pick and use appropriate materials. Bubble wrap, packing peanuts, foam inserts, and sturdy cardboard boxes are all great options. The thicker the material, the better protection it offers. Additional information is available from packaging experts who can guide you to select the most optional choice based on the specific fragility and details of your items, ensuring a secure journey.

Inspect items prior to shipping and remove any hazardous materials

Prior to shipping any items, it is important to thoroughly inspect them and to not select any hazardous materials. This process not only ensures the safety of customers and those handling the shipment but also protects the environment. Take the necessary precautions, such as wearing proper protective gear, when removing any hazardous materials. Always remember that a little extra care and attention during the whole shipment handling process can go a long way in preventing potential accidents and negative impacts on the environment. Also when you bring hazardous materials, it can be even more dangerous when there is an accident with your cargo. 

Research shipping regulations for your destination country

When orchestrating a relocation or arranging the shipment of goods and services used to access an overseas location, thorough investigation of the shipping regulations specific to your intended destination becomes paramount. Acquiring a comprehensive grasp of the guidelines and prerequisites before embarking on the pack process can ultimately lead to a considerable preservation of time, finances, and potential stress in the future. The rules can vary greatly depending on the destination country, including restrictions on items like electronics, food, medicines and various equipment. 

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