Parcel Post Leicester Packaging Guidelines

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There are many packaging solutions for the protection of your goods. As your parcel is transported, it may be exposed to adverse environments caused by weather conditions and transport vibrations, so correct packing is vital.
External Packaging
Corrugated cartons are the most common and the most suitable way to pack your consignments. Whenever possible use a new box. The more times a box is used, the more it loses its original protective qualities, so a previously used box may not adequately protect your consignment. If you must reuse a box, make sure it is rigid and in excellent condition with no punctures, tears, rips or corner damage and that all flaps are intact. Remove any labels and all other old markings from the box. Double-wall corrugated cartons provide enhanced strength, which make them far more suitable for the transport of heavy items.

Double Boxing
An option that includes the use of original manufacturer's packaging is double boxing. All electronic equipment should be double boxed. Always make sure that the original packaging is in good condition and that the internal foam is not cracked or broken. Use a new corrugated carton that is at least 15cm longer, wider and higher than the original manufacturer's box. Fill the bottom of the new carton with at least 7cm of cushioning such as loose fill expanded polystyrene 'peanuts' or other suitable material. Do not use crumpled or shredded paper. The original manufacturer's box is placed on top of the cushioning material and in the centre of the new carton, allowing for at least 7cm of cushioning around the remaining five sides of the package. Fill the remaining empty space in the package with more cushioning material.
Padded Bags
It is recommended that protective bags be used to send books, diskettes, videos etc. Padded bags, using recycled paper fibres for protection and a heavy-duty kraft outer is a common choice. A lightweight bag lined with bubble film on the inside to absorb impact is recommended where a stronger bag is desired.
Secure Your Package
For the safety and security of your consignment, correct sealing of your box is just as important as proper cushioning. A good seal will strengthen the box. To close a box securely, do not use masking tape, cellophane tape, duct tape, string or paper over-wrap. A strong polypropylene or PVC "box sealing" tape 5 cm or more in width should be used.
Internal Packaging
Provide Internal Protection. It's important that you cushion the contents of your package properly. Please be sure that you wrap each item separately. Fragile articles need both suitable separation from each other and clearance from the corners and sides of the box. It is recommended that you leave a space of at least 5cm between the outer container and the product inside. This space should be filled with internal protection of some type.

Polyethylene Bubble Wrap
Made of pockets of air distributed on a plastic film. Designed to protect and cushion lightweight items from shock, vibration and abrasion. Used in multiple wraps and layers to ensure that the item is completely protected, especially on corners and edges.

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