Export Packaging


As mentioned numerous times, one of the essential aspects behind the professional exports is the packaging. Professional packaging of an export item requires an overall approach starting from planning of packaging to the hiring freight forwarder for the transportation of your shipment.

Lets look at proper packing.  Improper packing could result in damage loss or even death. There are certain procedures that you must follow when packing your shipment for international transportation.

Packing and Insurance

Having your shipment insured is important and your packing is a crucial part in ensuring that any claims that you may have need to file are paid.  One of the first questions that your insurance will ask you is how your shipment was packed.  They will need to know how the material was packed in the box or crate.  They will ask for samples or even pictures of the packing material.

Packaging for Domestic and International are Different

It is important to understand that if you receive a shipment/product from one of your domestic distributors/suppliers, that shipment was packed for domestic distribution.  Some exporters automatically assume that they are able to use the same box/packaging for export.  Be diligent about your packaging.  Inspect all your boxes to ensure that they are sound for reuse. Please note that some insurance companies do not allow shippers to reuse packaging.  Make a note to review your policy or confirm with your agent.

Shipment Protection

The most important reason for ensuring that your packaging is sound is the protection of the product that you are shipping.  You are protecting the shipment from everything.

You are protecting the shipment from:

  • Itself – Shipments shift during transportation and your own products may damage other products if the shipment is not secured properly or separated if needed.
    • You should never overload your shipment.  Boxes are created to hold a specific weight.  If a box is overloaded, it will fall apart because its structure is not capable of supporting the shipment.  Insurance companies are always looking at overload as a possible cause of damage.
  • Weather – varying global temperatures require that you consider your packing method.  Just because you packed your shipment in NY in a clear sunny day, does not mean that your shipment will enjoy the same environmental situation throughout its travel.

  • Structure – It is important to ensure that if your package is loaded on a truck, aircraft pallet, ocean container, etc. you will need to make sure that the structure of your packaging is strong enough to withstand the weight of another box(es) place on top of it for shipping.
  • Pilferage – Protecting your shipment from curious and thieving hands is important.  As all anti-theft practices, the harder you make it for a thief to access your shipment the safer your shipment will be.  A thief will more likely move onto an easier quicker target if your packing is sturdy, strong and difficult to open.

The price that all exporters have for shipping their products globally is just part of doing business. Ensuring that your shipment is properly packed will save you time and money.  Proper packing is best defined by considering the real cost rather than the price.  What is the cost of losing a customer because their shipment arrived broken, wet, damaged, missing pcs, etc.   Proper packing not only protects your product, but it also protects your brand and your business.

Please continue to visit our site. We will have specific information on growing your business, eliminating the stumbling blocks and helping you make more money. We will cover documentation requirements, terms of sale, transportation options as well as market focus. Our goal is to have you exporting and growing your business. We look forward to working with you and thank you in advance for joining our community and for sharing with us your success as you prove that “The world is your customer.

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