Packaging Instructions


  • Use your own packaging if boxes are sturdy and undamaged with all flaps intact.
  • Use double-wall boxes for heavier items.
  • Place small packages inside a larger outer container.
  • Double-box fragile items with 3" of cushioning around the smaller box.
  • Position bottles that contain liquids upright. Use an inner seal and perforated breakaway cap. The inner packaging must be able to contain leaks.
  • Place items that have an easily damaged or soiled finish, or items wrapped in paper, in a protective outer container.

Sealing Boxes

  • Use tape that's at least 2" wide to seal seams and flaps. Use pressure-sensitive plastic tape, water-activated paper tape (minimum 60-lb. grade) or water-activated reinforced tape.
  • Do not use cellophane tape, duct tape, masking tape, string or rope to seal packages.

Loading and Stacking

  • Distribute weight evenly.
  • Stack boxes squarely corner-to-corner to the skid's edge to maximize compression strength, but do not allow boxes to hang over the skid.
  • Keep the top of the skid flat to minimize lost or damaged cartons; do not pyramid-stack.
  • Place angled fiberboard (angle board) between cartons to prevent crushing.
  • Cover the top of the skid to protect your freight from weather damage.

Securing to Skid

  • Wrap freight in 70-gauge stretch wrap. Pass at least two bands (tightly secured) through the skid voids and around all cartons.
  • Use steel, rayon, polypropylene, nylon or polyester strapping to band the freight.

Addressing and Labeling

  • Include both the origin and destination addresses on individual cartons whenever possible.
  • Remove or mark through all old labels.
  • Supply a physical address, rather than a P.O. box address, for your recipient.
  • Place shipping labels on the package's largest surface. While we cannot ensure compliance with markings such as "Up" arrows or "This End Up," properly placing the shipping label increases your chance for the preferred orientation.
  • Do not place labels over seams or sealing tape.
  • Use tie-on tags on transit cases (including trade-show display cases), golf bags, skis and luggage.

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