Shipping Valuables Checklist

By | July 12, 2019

When you ship your cargo you need to ensure that it reaches the destination in time and in proper condition and you have every reason to worry when shipping valuable and fragile items. Valuable items need special packaging and shipping arrangement. Improperly packaged items can increase your loss as well as waste your time but most importantly, affect your business reputation.

Most of the shipping lines now offer high quality professional solution that will ensure smooth transit of your cargo. The importance of professional packaging has grown in the shipping industry over the years. Both inland and international freight forwarders now offer exclusive packaging solution as a part of their comprehensive customer service.

To pack valuable items it is very important to choose the right kind of container. Customized containers are now available for the same reason. You need to make sure that the freight forwarding company possesses the right tool and expertise in packaging valuable goods and is also aware of the latest packing techniques.

Poly bags are often the common choice for transferring smaller items but these are also lightweight and do not offer enough cushion protection for the item inside. So, if the cargo is thrown during sorting there remains a chance for the item getting damaged. Corrugated cardboard packaging, on the other hand, is durable and offers better protection. They are therefore used in shipping fragile items like – glass, ceramic etc.

Customized book cases or envelop packaging can also be used in shipping single book or CD or any flat material for that matter. It prevents the corners from getting damaged. However, you’d need to choose proper size containers or crates for large and heavy items.

Beside the packaging containers you also need to choose the right cushioning material to place the item inside the containers. The cushioning material will keep the good inside protected from all sides. It will not allow the items to shift too much inside the packaging crate. Moreover, it will absorb outside jerking and pressure to keep the valuable safe. Today varieties of cushioning materials are available – Kraft papers, foams, bubble wraps etc. Bubble wraps are used in packaging fragile items.

You can now get your valuable cargo packed professionally. Ask if your freight forwarder offers packaging solutions for valuable goods. It is very important to choose right freight forwarding company that practices extreme caution in packaging valuable items. Choose a logistic firm with established track record in offering customized packaging solution for fragile item.