How To Package Delicate Goods For Transportation

Preparing your business for a big move, or shipping a large quantity of goods is a stressful process at the best of times. In terms of the sheer amount of work and planning involved this is a serious undertaking that can seem very daunting, and when you then add in all the things that can go wrong: such as things going missing or things getting damaged, as well as the costs, it becomes an ordeal that most of us would rather avoid entirely.

Of course though avoiding this issue is not an option and if you put off the process of moving your goods you will find that it only creates more work in the long term.

The solution is to be organised and to think about the difficulties you are going to face ahead of the move. This is particularly important if the items that you want to ship are particularly delicate, in which case you need to give serious consideration to how you are going to keep them protected from damage during the move. Here we will look at some tips that can help you to do just that.

The Containers

The first thing you need to think about is the containers that you are going to keep your items in. These containers should of course be big enough that your items aren't forced to bend and that they aren't pressed up against the sides of the boxes. At the same time though, you also want to ensure that you don't have boxes that are so big that the items are going to move around a lot when the truck carrying them comes to a sudden halt etc.

Also important of course is that the boxes you keep your items in are solid and durable. This means that they should be able to take the weight of other items stacked on top of them without crumbling (which would cause the items inside to get crushed) and that they shouldn't easily rip or be torn. Then again, using very hard containers can also be a mistake - a little give in a corrugated cardboard box for instance can prevent the box itself from snapping the delicate protrusions of your item. This is the same logic that dictates that a fastener should never be stronger than the item that it's fastening: if it is, then the material risks ripping.

Padding

Something that can help if your boxes are technically too big is to pad the insides in order to hold the item inside in place while still allowing a little give. Bubble wrap, newspaper and foam are all popular choices to help hold your items still.

Padding can also be useful when attached to the item itself or wrapped around it. This way you give your item 'bumpers' which can help to absorb any impact. Especially useful is to wrap parts that stick out or protrude from the item - for instance wrapping newspaper around the arms of a statue and taping it in place can help to give them a little extra support and to prevent delicate fingers etc. from snapping off.

Labelling

Labelling might not seem like the most important thing in the world, but it can actually help your items to stay safe in a number of ways. For things like the ornaments described above for instance, labelling which was is up is incredibly important lest you want your items to be standing on their heads and the pressure to be going through the entirely wrong part of the item.

Likewise you should also label your boxes as delicate (and add any other information if necessary). This is important even if everyone involve in the transportation knows the items are delicate. You never know when someone else might come across your box in storage or in the truck and consider moving it, and if they aren't warned that the item is fragile then you can't be sure that they are going to be careful with it and that they aren't going to drop it or sling it.

The Help

Finally, make sure that everyone involved in the move is conscientious and understands the nature of the items you are transporting. If you use a good transportation company then they will take care of everything and you can rest easy knowing your items are looked after.

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Peter Roark, the author of this post, is a part of the team at Sykes Transport, one of the best transport companies in Perth. In his spare time, Peter likes to research vintage cars and classic trucks.