Freight Shipping

Preparing your cargo for the journey ahead

Commercial and independent clients alike have one concern in mind when it comes to shipping – safety. To help, we’ve compiled a list of the best packing tips to protect your cargo. Whether you’re shipping freight by ground, air or overseas, we can help you protect your merchandise and ensure it arrives in one piece.

What You Need

Your specific packing supplies will depend on what you’re shipping, but below is a list of items that are useful in almost any freight shipping endeavor.

Outside the Box:

  • Corrugated cardboard boxes
  • Packing tubes for transporting posters or maps
  • Wooden crates for large items

Inside the Box:

  • Thick packing tape
  • Bubble wrap or shredded paper
  • Styrofoam packing peanuts
  • Foam padding or cardboard inserts

Packing Tips for Ground and Air Freight Shipping

If you want to keep your air freight safe in the skies, it starts with prep work at home. Guard against the following hazards:

  • Punctures and tears. Once your item leaves your hands, it will be subject to bumping, jostling and the hazards of mechanical loading and unloading. Use stiff, corrugated cardboard or (when permitted) wooden crates to encase your item and protect it against external contact.
  • Jostling and vibrating. The inside of the box is just as important as the outside. To prevent your item from moving around inside its packaging, pad the walls of the box. If you are shipping multiple items in one box, place a layer of packing material in between items to prevent damage.
  • Spoilage. Constant temperatures cannot be guaranteed during most shipments, so guidelines dictate you cannot pack any item that will perish within 72 hours of pickup. Styrofoam coolers can be used but must be packaged over with cardboard.
  • Restricted items. Certain items, including flammable items or large items that cannot be disassembled, may not be permitted. Contact air freight companies beforehand to ensure your item can be shipped.
  • Misdirection. Be sure you place clear address labels on all pieces of cargo in your shipment, on both the long and short side of the packaging. Also remember that labeling an item as “fragile” is not enough to ensure safe delivery – you are responsible for safe packing.

See our page on international shipping for more packing tips.

Whichever method of shipping you will be using, contact a freight broker or freight company for more advice on proper packing. A little extra time and care in advance can save you on damage costs and insurance claims.

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