How to pack?
- Always use only good quality packing materials, and take care that there is enough soft material inside the package for transportation.
- Use only tape or strings intended for packaging
- Pack expensive products in durable materials, e.g. in thick cardboard. Note! Cardboard is not a valid material for sea freight.
- Choose the right size of package for the products.
- It is recommended to protect the products with bands or with strong tape.
- Pack liquid items into leak-proof containers and use durable materials for covering the containers. Put the package into a plastic bag.
- Cover oily items or items with strong smell by paper, which is oil-durable and seal the whole package with tape.
- Powder and fine-grained materials must be packed into strong plastic bags. Close the plastic bags carefully and pack them into a fiber board box.
- If necessary, mark the packages with handling instructions: use tapes like "This side up / down" or "Handle with care".
- Pack gifts carefully. Usually, sales package alone is not strong enough.
- Pack rolled paper into a triangle package.
- Pack small items into shipment bags.
- Cover diskettes and recording tapes with soft material.
- Put some cardboard between flat and fragile items.
- Cover knives and scissors with strong cardboard or plastics.
- Mark all necessary information onto the package. Use big letters.
- If you reuse shipment packages, remove the old information carefully before adding the new one.
- The Customs can open your package for inspection purposes. Do not close you package too tight.
Sea freight package
Sea freight package must be planned according to the most demanding part of the transportation.
The more often the goods are moved and handled during transport, the stronger the packaging should be.
A cage is the basic unit of transport package. The alternative is a box.
Into a cage can be packaged goods, that can withstand climatic stress, but not dents. The goods must be protected against thefts and they must fit completely inside the cage.
A strong box is suitable for goods, that are vulnerable to dents.
Big tanks, heavy machines and appliances, that are not sensitive for climatic stress or dents, can be transported without package, loaded on a flat bed.
There must be the necessary labels and information on the package. Instructions must be followed carefully at all times.
Packages must have necessary lifting and fastening points, clearly marked. The best way is to attach the lifting instructions on the packaging laminated.
Sea packages face different demanding conditions, so the packages must be strong and durable. Moisture-resistant plywood is a good packaging material for products that do not require any supporting packaging. It is also easy to mark the necessary information, for example shipping and handling instructions, on the plywood material. Timber must be dry, not rotten, and unbroken for exporting. It must also meet the requirements of the host country.
Read more about the packaging materials, and handling and marking requirements in international trade on the web site of Evira.