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When your shipment needs special care

When your shipment needs special care

Some products need a little more TLC when they ship. If your shipment is breakable or perishable (or both), it really comes down to packaging correctly and selecting the right shipping service. And doing both in a way that won’t break your budget. Here are some considerations for special care shipping.

Pack your breakables the right way

For in-depth information on packing breakables, download the How to Pack guide and search for your product type to get detailed packing info. Or visit the Packaging Help Hub.

Six tips for packing breakable items:

1. Choose the right box

The right box does more than just fit tightly around your product. Your box should be sturdy enough to support your item’s weight and large enough to accommodate cushioning material.

2. Double-box fragile items

Double-box fragile items within a larger box and include 3” of cushioning in and around the interior box.

3. Restrict items from moving

The correct placement of your cushioning is critical. And so is how much cushioning you use. Place the product in the middle of the box with ample cushioning on all sides. Use filler like crumpled newspaper, foam peanuts, or other cushioning material to keep your product from moving around.

4. Pack fragile items individually

Wrap fragile products individually in a minimum 3" thickness of air-cellular cushioning material, and then fill any empty spaces with foam peanuts or other cushioning material.

5. Seal the box tightly

For a standard corrugated box, create an "H" by taping down the middle seam and on each edge.


6.  Always mark the box with “Fragile”

Properly place the shipping label on the package’s largest surface; this will increase your chance for the preferred orientation.