Packaging Guidelines

Wrap each item individually

You can use bubble wrap and tape to tightly secure fragile items before putting them inside the box.

Secure the items with a strong box

Use a cardboard box to pack the items. Fill in spaces between the inner and outer box with polystyrene, peanuts/chips to avoid any collision.

Securely seal the boxes with a strong tape

Use a 40-50mm wide tape to seal along the opening of the box, all the way around the outside.

Attach the label to the outer container

Attach the documentation carefully to the outer box. Make sure it’s clear and visible. 

Packaging guidelines

  • We know how important it is for you that your items come without any damages and that is our goal too. This is why it is very important to make sure that your items are packed correctly according to our guidelines.
  • It might take longer but you need to wrap each item inside the parcel individually (if you have multiple items in the box) to make sure there’s no movement inside the box. You can fill the empty spaces with newspaper or any soft material to avoid any collision. Once the items are wrapped in a box, you may now seal the package.
  • Always make sure to use a strong external package. It is recommended to use thick corrugated fiberboard or a box of good quality. The bigger the item the thicker and bigger the outer box should be.

Used and substandard cartons may cause problems and unfortunately, compensation for these may not be honored if proved that you have used a damaged box. 

  • Seal the box with multiple layers of thick tape. Finally, attach the labels and other documentation on top of the box.

Inner Packaging:

It is important to make sure that there is no movement of items while in transit. Use foams, bubble wraps, or newspapers to form cushions inside the box (empty spaces) to resist the items from any kind of friction. 

Internal packaging should make sure that:

• It will prevent any damage from shock, pressure, and vibration during transit.
• It should not let the items come another’s contact. 
• If the internal packaging is not sufficient, even if you use the strongest external packaging, it will still be considered inadequate.

Examples of internal packaging materials:

• Polystyrene peanuts/chips Cardboard to be used as support structures
• Molded or shaped foam Bubble wrap
• Foam sheeting
• Polystyrene surrounds and ends for electric goods

Internal packaging that is not good:

• Wood shavings or sawdust
• Polythene bags or bin liners
• Rolled paper shredded or scrunched

Different Kinds of Wrapping Material

Bubble Wrap

This is a very good material since this can prevent shock because it provides a cushion to the items. Be generous in wrapping the items in bubble wraps to avoid movements when you shake the box. To avoid damage in heavy items, use several layers of cushion in weak areas as this should only be used as cosmetic protection.

Bubble wrap grades:

Here is a list of standard bubble wrap grades as recommended by the manufacturers.

1/16 inch – used to pack light weight items (surface protection)

1/8 inch – used to pack medium weight products and can be used as a protective wrap (surface protection)

3/16 inch – This may be used as a protective wrap and used to pack light to medium weight items

5/16 inch – This is used to fill voids and block and brace items inside the parcel. Used to pack medium weight items

1/2 inch – Used to pack heavy items and also used to fill in voids and block items in the parcel

Foam Sheeting

This is an excellent cosmetic or exterior packaging which also has a cushioning property. This can be ideally used for packing light items.

Polystyrene peanuts/Chips

These are expanded polystyrene pieces that are used to fill empty spaces in packing light items. This is also best to use when double boxing the items such as electrical goods and as protection against shock or any movement of the items inside the box. Move or shake the box to make sure that there are no gaps or air pockets in the outer container or until the outside container is also full.

Polystyrene blocks or surrounds

These are used on all electrical goods. Use this to make sure that no movements will happen while in transit.

External Packaging Tips 

  • Always make sure to use a strong external package. It is recommended to use thick corrugated fiberboard or a box of good quality. The bigger the item, the thicker and bigger the outer box should be. Used and substandard cartons may cause problems and unfortunately, compensation for these may not be honored if proved that you have used a damaged box.
  • Do not use strings as these may get caught and cause further damage to the parcel. Note that you are not supposed to strap multiple boxes together because this may cause damage to the parcels. You might need to put them in one large parcel or send them separately. Compensation will not be provided for the loss of items strapped together.
  • Declare accurate address details. Take note that you should provide accurate address information and also telephone number with the correct postcode in all your documents. This information should be complete and attached securely to the parcel. You should also make sure that the labels are attached securely to the parcel.
  • Make sure to declare all the accurate dimensions. Length is the longest dimension while the width is the shortest. To measure the height, it should be from the right angles to the largest surface while the volumetric weight is important in determining the price shown so it is important that measurements are accurate and they are entered correctly upon placing the order.

Note that if items are not packed correctly, couriers might not collect them or they may return the items to the sender once the parcel is further inspected by the courier.

Specific items packaging guide

  • For printers, ink cartridges shall be removed from the printer itself. Make sure that they are packed separately and the other items shouldn’t be contaminated. Your items should be placed in a strong cardboard box and make sure it is sealed so they will not be opened during transit times. 
  • For sending electrical items, make sure that they are secured within the outer packaging using traveling screws or poly block surrounds. The original packaging of the electrical items is good but most of the time, further packaging is needed to make sure we avoid any damages.
  • For suitcases, the outside packaging or the outer hard cases will not be covered in any event of loss or damage.

Bicycles

• Wheels and pedals should be removed from the bicycle mainframe
• Pedals should be wrapped securely in bubble wrap
• A cardboard should be in between the wheels before securing them with bubble wraps
• The whole bicycle should be wrapped in thick bubble wrap
• A strong cardboard box should be used
• The weight of the content should be carried by the box you will use so make sure it is strong.
• Make sure to use polystyrene blocks or internal packaging to make sure that there is no movement while the item is in transit.

Books
• Make sure that the books are wrapped heavy. Hardback books in several bubble wrap layers and seal them with packaging tape.
• Check that there is no space that allows movement of the books when you stack them in a cardboard box.
• Place a thick sheet of cardboard between books on top and at the bottom of the books if needed.

Computers:

Electrical Equipment and Devices like computers, monitors, and printers are delicate and composite items thus these need to be appropriately and properly packed to avoid dents and damages most especially tremors that might take place during the transfer of the equipment.

Computer manufacturers packaging is usually designed for one of the following:

• Ship the product only once.
• The storage of the item must not be used as outer packaging.
• The packaging cannot endure the tremors during transit most particularly for bulk shipping of numerous items in just one pallet and for one dispatch altogether through the automated network.
• The original manufacture’s packaging is only used for internal packaging and not for shipping because recycling the packaging will upsurge the possibility of damages on the item and might deteriorate the packaging in the latter.

Make sure of the following before packaging computer equipment:

• The PCI/AGP cards screws are sealed.
• The CD/DVD screws and floppy disc drives are stiffened.
• The entire exterior, as well as discs are removed from drives including USB and power cables should be detached from the main unit.
• All Power supply screws are constricted.
• Aside from those, it is also suggested that the processor heat sink and fan are firmly connected. It is also advisable to use anti-static bubble wrap around the heat sink to make sure there are no clattering pieces of items inside the box.

Electrical / Electronic Items:

When shipping electronic items, it is advisable to use the original packaging and add additional packaging on the latter part.

Packing the unit:

• Cover the bare part of the unit in 2 inches of bubble wrap and then proceed on placing it in your covered box sealed properly with heavy-duty tape.
• Load the outer box with lots of polystyrene chips and position the inner box on the top, filling the edges with additional chips to prevent movement.
• Make sure the outer box has adequate clearance around all sides, top, and bottom of the inner box. Ensure the outer box is filled to its limit and there are no air gaps in the foam chips.
• Double check if all sides of the outer box are sealed as well as the top and bottom of the inner box. Make sure that the chips are filled and squeezed to avoid air gaps.
• Rattle the box to make sure chips are tightly squeezed.
• After all those procedures, tape the box securely with layers on it.

Packaging for electrical/electronic items should always include:

• Bordered with thick and strong polystyrene.
• The fiberboard/cardboard box should be heavy-duty and durable.
• layers of bubble wrap to bear any impact are needed.

If cables and accessories are shipped on the same box, be mindful that these should be properly packed as well as the remote controls must also be boxed separately covered with bubble wrap. Don’t forget to remove all batteries from the items as this is strictly prohibited.

Engine parts:

An adequate packing is really necessary for small care made engine parts like gears, valves, pistons, piston rings, flywheels, etc to prevent any damages that might cause parts inoperative. Cover well any items with very sharp edges to prevent dents and damages of other items. A sturdy corrugated cardboard/fiberboard box, at least strong enough to bear the weight of the other items is really needed for packaging these kind of items.

Documents:

Shipping documentation, make sure that the documents are piled and they’re a band in bundles wrapped in polythene to prevent the central mass of the packaging. Pile the bundles and put them in a cardboard box and ensure that there are no spaces that may cause movement of the item. If possible, use a double box in packing the documents to make sure that the box surrounding the item is durable.

Avoid shipping documents or leaflets wrapped and packed only with paper and thin cardboard boxes because they cannot bear the weight of the contents and much worse, during transit, it may tear the packaging apart.

Powder:

In sending powders, it should be sealed in a leak-proof container then the container should be placed again in another durable container. Rubber/cork washers should be present for screw-type lids while friction top covers must be fixed firmly with metal clips. Tightly seal all seams if plastic sheeting is used with tape. Then use a sturdy box to secure the container and proceed on sealing it with tape tightly.

Musical Instruments:

As we all know, musical instruments are very delicate items and if you are wanting to ship them, a hard case designed for the item is necessary to be used and all strings (if have) must be removed. Then, the hard case with the item in it must be packed and placed in a sturdy and durable cardboard box or wooden case, if possible, with enough soft packing within to make sure there is no movement when in transit. A thick and heavy-duty cardboard box and polystyrene surround should be used.

Guitars:

A sealable sturdy case designed for instruments is also needed when shipping guitars. Then the case should be packed in a strong and sturdy box for additional protection. Sending guitars alone in a card box is not appropriate as well as covering the item only in cloth or leather cases. Strings should be removed because they may cause impact and retorting during transit. Make sure all the screws on the backplates, pickguards, and pickups are tightened up if the string is removed to prevent any dents and damages.

Nuts, bolts, screws, nails, small machine parts:

Small parts like nuts, bolts, small machine parts, etc are able to burst even if you supplied them with a strong stuffing. These items must be packed in very thick plastic bags in small quantities to reduce the chance of tearing the packaging apart.

Packaging guidelines when shipping in a tube:

Between two sheets of card larger around the edge, place the tube. Move the item and 2 layers of card into a cylinder. Place the rolled item and card into a strong plastic or cardboard cylindrical mailing tube. Add at the end of the tube some cushioning material to minimize or eradicate any movement when in transit. Put a plastic lid seal on every side of the tube and cover it with numerous layers of heavy-duty tape. To ensure the item arrived safely, ad multiple layers of bubble wrap to the tube.

Disclaimer:

Parcello pledged to present our customers with a piece of information to guarantee that the parcels sent with us are delivered and shipped safely in a short period of time. Though, parcels are transferred to a courier network either from within the UK or worldwide that is why in order to assure that your parcels are delivered safely and securely, the packaging tips and guidelines we provided as well as the courier’s guidelines should be firmly followed.

Parcello will not be accountable for making sure that the packaging is necessary. All liability is under the hands of the customer as we already provided the guidelines for packaging. Parcello also does not promise that if the guidelines are followed, the parcel will arrive safely without damages. We have the right to reject a claim for damage if found that the packaging of the items is inappropriate for transferring items and these kind of cases is also mentioned on the terms and conditions we provided and agreed upon during the booking process.