General Packaging Practices
- Secure all moving or mechanical parts on the item as recommended by the manufacturer.
- Remove (with your customer’s approval) handles or knobs or anything else that protrudes.
- Tape all caps on liquids. Pack the item in a plastic bag.
- Use letter packs only for documents.
- Remove toner and ink jet cartridges from printers and fax machines.
- Pack only non-fragile items in tubes.
- Do not mix heavy and light objects in the same box. Do not pack fragile items in the same container with heavier items.
- Do not pack and ship light bulbs or light tubes.
- Do not use kraft-paper or newspaper as a cushioning material or filler.
- Do not use polystyrene (peanuts) as primary cushioning. This is a fill product only.
- Do not use biodegradable loose fill because it can easily change its properties with a change in climate.
For Non-Fragile Items
- For items other than fragile items, allow a minimum of 2” of cushioning all around items.
For Fragile Items
- Pack fragile, sensitive, or polished items individually to avoid touching each other within the same box. Items may shift in transit.
- Use more than 2″ – 3” of cushioning around all sides of the item.
- Double box fragile or high-value items. Each dimension of the outer box must be 4” – 8” larger than the inner box to accommodate a minimum of 2” – 4” of cushioning all around the inner box.
- Place electronics, sensitive instruments, artwork, or items with polished finishes in a 2- to 4-mil plastic bag or polyethylene bag to avoid contamination or marking from packaging materials. Seal bag with tape to keep packaging peanuts away from equipment.
- For artwork, remove glass (if possible and with the customer’s permission) and cover glass with glassmask. Pack the glass separately. Do not use glass mask on non-glare glass. It will damage the surface. Do not let artwork contact paper, hardboard or corrugate.
Packing Peanuts – are used to fill empty space
and are NOT cushioning material
Bubble Wrap – is used for cushioning and protecting
fragile items like glass, crystal, and electronics
Foam Sheets – can be used as cushioning
as well as to protect screens from scratches