Useful Shipping Tips (What to do and what to avoid)
What to Do:
If you are shipping fragile material it is always a good idea to double box your goods. First box your material. Make sure to wrap your goods in bubble wrap and protect them with packing peanuts. Place the original box into a larger box and insulate with more packing peanuts. This extra layer of padding could be the very cushioning your material needs to avoid any damage.
As a precaution, you should clearly label the interior box as well as the outer box. If the outer box is damaged or torn, the extra label will ensure the delivery information is not lost and your material will still be delivered to its proper destination.
Mark all fragile items BOLDLY and CLEARLY. Making it clear that your goods are fragile to anyone that handles them is the goal here.
Water-resistant boxes can provide that extra layer of protection against the elements, but if none are available, plastic wastebasket linings or sealed trash bags can work fairly well. The point is that when your goods are moving through rain, sleet or snow having a protective layer will ensure that they arrive in the dry condition in which they were packed.
What to Avoid:
Don’t ship a partially filled box. In the shipping business one box is frequently stacked upon another. By sending material in a partially filled box, (without packing peanuts, bubble wrap or newspapers), you run the risk of a heavier box crushing the half-filled box.
If shipping non-breakable items with fragile ones, it is extremely important to pad all items. There are times to take risks in life, but this is not the time or worth the risk. Don’t let unprotected heavy metal items sit next to unprotected glass or plastic items. This is a recipe for disaster.
When shipping perishable commodities don’t send them without proper packaging. There are strict rules that must be adhered to, (such as the level of dry ice permissible on a flight), so please contact Graf Air Freight customer service managers and have them assist you with packaging ideas.
Because Graf Air Freight does not handle dangerous goods or infectious substances, please do not send these types of commodities with us. Specific documentation is required and precautions taken to transport these type of goods.
Graf Air Freight wants to ensure that your material arrives on time and in the original condition. Please contact our customer service managers as soon as possible with any questions regarding proper packaging. 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, our customer service representatives are available to assist you.