At some point, you must have spent a handsome amount of money to ship an item that requires extra care. Fragile items are one of those merchandise that require attention, and precautions must be taken to ship them safely.
In today’s world, where the market is flooded with excessive competition, you don’t want to disappoint a customer by delivering them damaged or defective goods. This could impair your brand’s reputation and might cause your e-commerce business to revenue loss. While shipping insurance can help you cover the loss, packing and delivering fragile goods in pristine condition can help you gain your customers’ trust.
So, if you are looking to ship fragile items internationally, read our easy guide to learn everything you need to know about the rules and process.
Products such as glass bottles, antiques, electronic devices, mirrors, etc. that are easily prone to breakage are considered fragile. Shipping these items will require more care and special handling due to its fragile nature.
DHL Express, one of the leading international courier services in Singapore, makes shipping fragile items overseas easier. We provide complete visibility on your shipment’s real-time status right from the time it is handed over to our agents to when it is cleared from customs and delivered to the receiver. While we ensure that fragile items are shipped and handled with extra precaution, in case of damage, our easy reverse logistics help customers return the product without any hassle.
But, before you head to transport fragile goods from one port to another, you need to determine your shipment’s packaging requirement.
For that, you need to check:
When shipping fragile packages, it is recommended to take extra precautionary measures and decide on the ideal external and internal packaging material to protect your goods.
DHL Express offers a range of boxes for packing fragile goods in various sizes and as per the size and weight of the shipment. You can choose from an array of boxes, flyers, and envelopes to match your shipment’s requirements.
You will need to wrap your products in a lot of dunnage if they aren’t manufactured with strong packaging and are kept loose. Hence, wrap them in foam and strengthen the box walls with corrugated inserts for extra protection.
While airbags, bubble wraps, cardboard, and foam pellets/peanuts are commonly used as packaging materials, they all have varied qualities. To understand which material will be ideal for internally packaging fragile items, refer to this table below:
Now that you have assessed your shipment and prepared suitable packaging materials, you can now apply some packing techniques.
The suitable packing method for fragile items is the box-in-box method. This uses a second outer box to provide additional protection. It offers adequate protection, the outer box should be 14cm larger than the inner box to provide sufficient over pack protection.
We recommend using a double-walled box, but if you must use a single-walled box, make sure it is strong enough to support the weight of the contents. You can restrict the movement of the inner box by placing it in the center of the outer box and filling the void space on all its sides before packing the outer box for shipping.
Appropriate labelling is important when it comes to shipping fragile items overseas. Proper use of handling instruction labels will help to ensure the appropriate transport, handling, and storage of your shipment during transit. You can nail this step by following these instructions carefully.
If you need further help regarding the packing of any fragile shipment, contact our certified international specialists today!