You may already be aware that when you prepare a parcel for shipment, you should use the proper materials – such as bubble wrap or packing peanuts or foam, parcel tape, the right box (with the right size), and so on. But there may be other aspects which you are neglecting, such as the labelling of the box or container, the restrictions or prohibitions which may be imposed on the item by the location where you are shipping it, and more. If you are planning to ship a particular parcel, it pays to know what you should do so that you don’t risk your parcel getting damaged or being sent to the wrong location or address. Here, then, are the top pointers you should remember when shipping a parcel.
Don’t just rely on the proper label
Whilst it’s undoubtedly essential to make sure that the recipient’s address is written as clearly as possible (whether it’s printed out or written by hand) and you must place it at the centre of the container, you shouldn’t rely on just the label to ensure the safety of your parcel. What this means, essentially speaking, is that if you are shipping something extra delicate or fragile, you can write ‘Fragile’ on the box as many times as you can, but this doesn’t replace the use of a strong and sturdy container. The thing about parcel shipping is that it is mostly done by machines – the labels will be read by machines, but the machines cannot read your ‘Fragile’ warning – so it is still better to just simply make sure that the container you use is the strongest you can find, such as the mailing boxes available from UK Packaging, which are reinforced and double-lined and made from the strongest kraft board as well.
Make sure to include all the necessary information
Another way to ensure that your package reaches its destination as quickly and efficiently as possible (and without any damage) is to make sure to include all the necessary information. This means labelling the box or container’s contents and noting the item’s value as carefully as possible as well. Doing this is essential because, in the event that your parcel becomes damaged or lost, you can make use of this information when making a claim. Make sure as well that other necessary information about your parcel is included, particularly if you are planning to send your parcel abroad where it will pass through a different country’s customs office.
Check the restricted and prohibited list, and check it twice
When you are sending a parcel anywhere in the world, you shouldn’t neglect to check the restricted and prohibited list. There are items which are considered prohibited in many parts of the globe, and this includes items such as aerosol sprays or cans, explosives (which include crackers and fireworks), drugs or medication (even prescription medication), and perishable items such as food. Also, you may be able to send restricted items, but if they become lost or damaged, you may not be able to make a claim for compensation for them, so bear this in mind as well.
In any case, it may be a good idea to take compensation coverage for the items you are shipping, especially if your parcel is valuable.