Packaging goods for export
Sourcing product packaging can seem fraught with difficulty even at the best of times but finding packaging robust enough to cope with overseas export provides a whole range of new problems!
Products which are exported by air freight need to be adequately protected if they are to withstand the rigours of air travel. Many businesses make the mistake of assuming that their carefully packaged products, destined to be exported by air, will be handled with care. Sadly this doesn’t happen and the average package is estimated to be loaded, stowed and re-loaded again at least 50 times during an average international journey. With this in mind, the quality of product packaging is absolutely vital.
Packaging your products for overseas export needs careful consideration and there are a number of issues to consider. Firstly, you’ll need to think about whether the way your products are packaged will enable them to withstand being stacked or stored underneath bigger, heavier items. When products are being stowed into the hold of a plane, little consideration is given to what’s inside and it’s not uncommon for products to be crushed by the weight of bulkier packages so the outer packaging you use will need to be tough and secure enough to withstand pretty much anything.
Once you’ve found outer packaging that’s up to the job, you’ll need to think how to package your products inside. Your goods need to be stable in transit so you’ll need to use a protective filling material such as bubble wrap or polystyrene beads. Remember that the filling needs to fulfil a number of roles: it should stop the packages inside from moving around and damaging each other, and to offer protection from exterior damage.
Co packing specialists such as www.marsdenpackaging.com, based in Yorkshire, are a great place to start.
Small packages can be very easily lost during transit so it’s sensible to consider grouping small consignments together into one large package. This is a great way to reduce the risk of damage to individual items whilst also minimising the risk of losses during export. Again, the packaging you use needs to be robust enough to cope with being loaded, unloaded, stowed and re-loaded.
You’ll also need to consider whether your usual product packaging is able to withstand export. We’re not talking about exterior packaging here but the packaging that protects and displays your products on the shelves and if it’s prone to damage at the best of times, you’ll need to have a re-think if you’re considering exporting overseas.
Last and by no means least, don’t forget to check the rules and regulations for the destination country you’re exporting to. Some countries ask for wood packaging (wood chips) to be treated for infestation and you’re packaging will need to be labelled to show this. Remember that wood packaging covers any kind of wood used anywhere in the packaging, including crates, pallets, sawdust and wooden drums. Import requirements will vary from country to country and you’ll need to check that your packaging complies.