Everything you need to know about shipping large items

April 1, 2021 9:32 am Published by

Now more than ever, parcels of all sizes are being shipped all over the UK from individuals, brands, and high-street retailers. However, sending large items that are particularly heavy does come with its own challenges.

In this article, we’ll take you through everything you need to consider when shipping large items such as choosing packaging and padding to ensure your products are delivered safely and securely.

Choosing the right box

The choice of box is very important when you are planning on shipping large packages. Heavy-duty cardboard boxes are ideal for the job as they offer a strong ability to hold heavy loads, sometimes up to 500kg. 

One of the best features of packaging heavy items in a box is that they can be stacked with other boxes to ensure the contents inside remain in an upright position. This is especially important if the contents include liquid or fragile items. 

When it comes to shipping large items, the main thing you need to think about is the size of the box and packaging. The item needs to be packaged correctly to ensure the box is strong enough to support the weight and also the correct padding is used to keep the contents damage-free.

Choosing the right materials

Alongside selecting a good-sized box, you’ll also need packaging materials such as bubble wrap, paper packaging fill, divider sheets, etc. The simple use of these inserts ensures that your items are kept safe and secure inside the box, especially during transit as movement is expected. 

One of the most commonly used packaging materials is bubble wrap. This flexible material is ideal for packaging as it works very well with large and also oddly shaped items.

Shipping large items- What you will need:

  • A box that is the correct size of the items
  • A strong or heavy duty box
  • Ample padding material
  • Strong tape to keep the box firmly shut

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