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Universal Courier committed to delivering your parcels with speed and care. However, during the transit process parcels may be handled several times. It is therefore important that all items are adequately packed. Below are some tips that will help you make sure your package arrives at its destination on time and in the best possible condition.

Useful Packaging Tips

Use a rigid box with flaps intact
Choose the right size of the box according to its content. Under-filled boxes are likely to collapse, overloaded ones may burst
Always use high quality materials for your packaging. Consider strength, cushioning, and durability
Choose boxes made of corrugated cardboard, with good quality outer liners
Wrap all items separately

Put goods in the centre of a package ensuring they do not touch the sides. Your item should be well cushioned on all sides
Make use of cushioning materials, to prevent the contents from moving
Use strapping, when suitable, as a good way to seal and secure your box
If strapping is not available, use strong tape designed for shipping
When re-using a box, remove all old labels including any old hazardous material indicators
Ensure liquids are stored in leak-free containers, packed with a lightweight, strong, internal material (for example, Styrofoam) and sealed with a plastic bag. Always remember that bad packaging may cause damage to other items
Place powders in strong plastic bags, securely sealed and then packed in a rigid box
Use ‘arrow-up’ labels for non-solid materials
Repack your items properly. Many goods are sold in the original manufacturers packaging which may not be suitable for carriage
Always pack small items in Link letters or City packs as appropriate (for dimensions see DIAMOND Packaging)
Protect your data discs, audio and videotapes with soft cushioning material around each item
Complete the address label clearly and completely, using capital letters when handwriting labels to improve readability
Place a duplicate address label inside the parcel
Do not:

Use bags made of fabric or cloth
Consider ‘Fragile’ and ‘Handle with care’ labels as a substitute for careful packaging.
They are only appropriate for information purposes