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Packaging

Packaging Information will help you make sure that your items arrive safe and that you understand the best and most cost effective ways to pack your goods.

When you send your goods, it is important that they are secure and easy to handle. Remember that there are people involved in the transport and logistics process, and that your goods will be handled quite a few times before they reach the end receiver. These are the steps that one would normally follow before taking their goods to be sent:

  1. Choosing the box/carton /packaging materials
  2. Packing your goods
  3. Addressing / Labeling your goods

Choosing a box / carton : When you send freight within South Africa, it is highly likely that your goods will be handled four to fifteen times and be transported in different trucks and arrive in different warehouses. Hence, having a sturdy and tough box should be a priority, especially if your goods are fragile. Where possible, try to use the original carton that the product came in since they have been designed specifically for it.This way our freight services will be best suited to your goods.

Packaging your goods : After you have chosen the right carton to pack your goods in, it is important to have them packed in the best way to ensure safe arrival. Here are a few points to remember when you put your goods into the carton:

Do not overload the box : Most cartons are designed to take in a certain amount of load. It is always better to use multiple boxes and pack items individually, especially if they are high value and fragile in nature. This way each item can benefit from the protection that the packaging around it provides.

  • Goods with original packaging : Many products such as electronics come with packaging, e.g. carton boxes and polystyrene foam inner protection. Such items are best sent with their original packaging.
  • Cushioning your contents : It is important that your goods sit well within the carton that they are in and that they are well cushioned. They should not move around within the carton. Always use bubble wrap when you send fragile items. A good way to make sure that your goods are well cushioned is to have 5 to 8 centimeters of packaging material all around.
  • Cushioning your contents : It is important that your goods sit well within the carton that they are in and that they are well cushioned. They should not move around within the carton. Always use bubble wrap when you send fragile items. A good way to make sure that your goods are well cushioned is to have 5 to 8 centimetres of packaging material all around.
  • Securing the box : When securing the box, the purpose is to make sure that it is well closed during transit. Use good quality packing tape and make sure that you go all the way round and close all seals that are in the box.

Addressing / Labelling your carton :

Once you have chosen the right carton and packed your goods in it, the next step is to address the carton correctly. Here are a few points to remember:

  • Securing the box : When securing the box, the purpose is to make sure that it is well closed during transit. Use good quality packing tape and make sure that you go all the way round and close all seals that are in the box.
  • Old cartons : If you are reusing previous boxes to send your goods, make sure that the old addresses are peeled off and that there are no previous barcode labels on it as they can lead to confusion and your goods can be delayed.

Remember, if your packaging is done right, your goods will arrive in the right way you wanted them.

Package Measurement Tips – In accordance with transport industry standard practice, consignments are charged at the greater of actual or volumetric weight.

 

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