How to properly pack and protect fragile items for international shipping

How to properly pack and protect fragile items for international shipping

March 27, 2023

- By Alperen Celik

Are you moving internationally? Shipping fragile items overseas can be a nerve-wracking experience, as you want to make sure that your items arrive at their destination safe and sound. But, there are various measures you can take before you even think about sending off your shipment to ensure maximum protection for delicate items. Following these simple tips will help ensure your items arrive safely at their destination. Read on for more information about how to pack and protect fragile items for international shipping.



Topics:

  • The right materials 

  • Pack heavy first

  • Labels labels labels! 

  • Pack your essentials!



The right materials 

Before packing and shipping anything fragile, be sure to get the right packing materials. Sturdy boxes can help keep items secure during transit while packing peanuts, packing paper, bubble wrap, and tape can protect them from shocks or impacts along their journey. The type of packing material you use can help reduce the chance that your products will be damaged. For international shipments, it is best to use packing materials that are extra-secure and offer a good balance of protection and air permeability. Ideally, these materials should offer adequate cushioning while also filling in any potential empty spaces between the object and box walls so nothing moves around during transport. While it’s tempting to use every single one of these materials when packaging a product, using only what is necessary creates an efficient yet secure environment that prevents unnecessary stress on your product.

If you’re sending out particularly large orders involving multiple different types of products or equipment ranging from breakable electronics devices to furniture pieces, consider double boxing some of your more fragile products for extra protection against temperature changes and rough handling. In this case, place smaller boxes inside another larger box then fill all empty spaces around it with cushioning material such as soft foam or crumpled paper until everything is securely packed before taping both containers shut with heavy duty packing tape.

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Pack heavy first

The primary reason for packing heavy items first is to preserve the integrity of your shipment during transit. By placing heavy items at the bottom, the weight of the shipment is evenly distributed and this prevents breakages, damages and shifting while in transit, which could jeopardize the safe delivery of your items. The weight of heavy items helps to anchor the shipment firmly within the container, keeping the whole package from moving around and potentially causing damage.

In addition to preserving the integrity of your shipment, packing heavy items first presents other advantages such as maximizing space and enhancing safety. By placing heavy items first, they create a stable base for the rest of the items to be packed, allowing you to ensure that everything fits properly in the container. You will have better use of space as you can place other packages and items on top of the heavy ones, leaving the most lightweight items at the top.

Moreover, packing heavy items first helps to minimize potential safety hazards. Shipping containers are handled with heavy machinery such as cranes, forklifts, and other equipment. Heavy items such as furniture and machinery can pose a safety hazard to workers when improperly packed. By positioning these items appropriately, it reduces safety hazards and frees up room for staff to move around the items when loading and unloading.


Insurance for shipping fragile items

When it comes to shipping fragile items, many people worry about the possibility of breakage or damage during the journey. Insurance can provide peace of mind, knowing that your package is covered in case of any unforeseen circumstances or accidents. However, when it comes to shipping fragile items, insurance can be especially important. It is essential to understand how insurance works, what types of coverage are available, and how to choose the right policy to protect your shipment.

There are several types of insurance available to cover goods during transport. These include cargo insurance, third-party insurance, and freight insurance. Cargo insurance covers the cargo during transportation, while third-party insurance covers the shipper's liability for goods they do not own or control. Freight insurance, on the other hand, covers goods during transport and also includes protection against theft, damage, or loss that may occur during storage, loading or unloading cargo. Each type of insurance has its own terms and conditions, so it is crucial to read the policy carefully and choose the coverage that best suits your needs.

One thing to keep in mind when shipping fragile items is that the carrier company's liability may be limited, and their standard insurance coverage may not provide sufficient protection. For example, if a package is damaged due to improper packing or labeling, the carrier may not be held responsible. Additionally, some carriers may exclude damages due to the fragile nature of the item being shipped, leaving the shipper with limited options for compensation. Therefore, it is essential to carefully review the carrier's liability coverage and consider additional insurance options to ensure that your fragile items are adequately protected. You can always ask the international mover for additional insurance on your belongings.

When choosing an insurance policy for fragile items, it is important to consider the value of the package, the shipping method, and the fragility of the items. High-value items may require additional insurance coverage to provide adequate protection against theft or damage. Similarly, items shipped by air may require a different insurance policy than those shipped by road or sea. Ultimately, it is essential to take into account the fragility of the items. Proper packaging and labeling can reduce the risk of damage, but insurance coverage can provide added protection against unforeseen accidents.

In addition to carefully selecting the right insurance policy, there are several other steps you can take to ensure the safe transportation of fragile items. As described earlier, proper packaging is critical to protect fragile items during transport. Use sturdy boxes or crates, bubble wrap, and other packing materials to cushion the items and prevent them from shifting during transit. 

In conclusion, insurance is a crucial consideration for shipping fragile items.

Note: Carrier companies' liability may be limited and standard coverage may not provide adequate protection against damage, loss, or theft. Therefore, know exactly what the international shipping company is covering and always ask for the T&A. 

When choosing an insurance policy, it is essential to consider the value, shipping method, and fragility of items. Proper packaging and labeling can also reduce the risk of damage. By taking these steps and selecting a comprehensive insurance policy, you can ensure that your fragile items are protected in transit and arrive at their destination safely.


Labels labels labels! 

When it comes to packing and protecting your precious cargo for an international shipment, labeling is key. Label each box with a list of what's inside and what room it should go in at the destination so there's no guessing when your items arrive. Taking the extra few minutes to make sure you label your boxes, including labeling fragile items separately, can help save you time, money and hassle down the line, not to mention peace of mind knowing that everything will find its way where it needs to go. Make sure too that you take the time to sort out your items into different boxes so that items are sent together, it makes labeling faster and more efficient!


Pack your essentials!

When you are sending something internationally, remember to pack your essentials! This includes enough clothing for a few days, toiletries, and medications in a carry-on bag. That way, even if there are unexpected delays or disruptions along the way, you can be comfortable and take care of yourself without worrying about having access to essentials like medication. It's one headache you'll be glad not to have!

These simple tips will help ensure that your items arrive safe and sound. With a little bit of careful planning, you can rest assured knowing that your belongings are well-protected. So when you ship fragile items internationally, make sure you use the right packaging materials, fill up the empty spaces, put a shipping label on each box and make use of any adequate insurance coverage if needed.


The next time you're getting ready to pack up for a move or send a care package to a loved one abroad, keep these packing guidelines in mind. Also, don't forget to enjoy the moment, good travel!



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