Everyday thousands of people receive freight that has been damaged in transit. Shipping fragile items such as glass, porcelain or ceramic can be difficult. Additionally, items made through the use of nanotechnology are also at risk of braking, shattering or cracking. Below we offer some tips on how to best prevent your freight from getting damaged whilst in transit:
First, it’s important to identify whether or not your you are in possession of a fragile item. To do so, ask yourself these questions:
- Does it have any narrow or thin parts that may be susceptible to snapping or breaking off?
- Is it made of glass, ceramic, porcelain or any other sensitive materials?
- Is it a nanotechnology item?
- Does it have any pre-existing cracks or damage?
- Is it more than 20 years old?
- Is it handmade?
If you answered positively to any of those questions, then you are certainly dealing with a fragile item.
Now that we are in presence of a fragile item, let’s look closer on how to pack fragile items. In order to prevent damage, your items need to be properly packaged.
The following is a list of materials that will help you properly package a delicate or fragile item for transit:
- Bubble wrap
- Acid free tissue paper
- Packing tape
- Cardboard boxes
- Packing peanuts or other void fill
- Telescoping mirror box
- Mirror rails
- Large brown packing paper
- Dish pack boxes or double walled box
- Packing styrofoam
- Blue tape
Now let’s talk packing Procedure. Her is a list of things you will want to do in order to properly secure your item for shipping:
- Set up a clear space to work in; a lot of things can go wrong in a cluttered space so heed our advice and take a moment to set up a clean working space such as a table or clean, padded space on the floor.
- Wrap items in a couple layers of acid free tissue paper until entirely covered. Secure with tape.
- Next, wrap items in small bubble wrap (2-3 layers). Secure with tape.
- Wrap with large bubble wrap until you can’t feel item inside. Secure with tape.
- Select a cardboard box larger than item by 2-3 inches on all sides
- Fill bottom of box with 2-3 inches of void fill
- Place item inside box so that they are not touching the walls of the box
- Fill the remainder of the empty space with more void fill, overfilling it slightly
- Close the box, pushing down on the void fill so that is compact and traps the items in place
- Shake the box gently to make sure that nothing will move around inside the box
- Seal all seams
- Take a second cardboard box that is larger than your first by 3-4 inches.
- Fill the bottom of your second box with 3-4 inches of packing peanuts
- Place your first box that has your items inside the larger second box so that it is centered and has the same amount of empty space on all sides.
- Fill this empty space with packing peanuts until the box is slightly overfilled
- Close the box and press down like you did with the previous box, securing the items inside so they can’t shift. (Don’t press hard)
- Seal box and label
Trucking companies offer special shipping services for fragile items and some, like First Call Trucking & Courier can even package your items for you on request for a small fee. For more information on our specific service offerings please see our services page.