Packaging & Shipping

Guidelines for Quality Packaging

The condition of your shipped item(s) when it arrives at its destination, is only as good as the packaging material you use to ship it in.  In order to insure that your items are protected when you ship follow these simple guidelines.

Acceptable Packaging Material

  • Use a sturdy, rigid box with flaps intact.
  • Remove or cross out old address labels and delivery markings from the box.
  • Wrap items separately. (See how to package)
  • Use adequate cushioning. (See how to package)
  • Use strong tape designed for shipping. DO NOT use duct tape.
  • DO NOT use string or paper over-wrap.

    This used to be a cookie jar. What went wrong? Box too small, newspaper used for material, voids not filled.

  • Use a single address label that has clear, complete delivery and return addresses.
  • All packages are processed by machine and are handled the same.  Writing “Fragile” on your box DOES NOT add any additional protection of your item.
  • TISSUE, NEWSPAPER, CLOTHING OR BLANKETS ARE NEVER ACCEPTABLE AS PACKAGING MATERIAL FOR FRAGILE ITEMS!

How to Package

  • Package non-fragile items securely in the box and fill with sturdy cushioning material to avoid package bursting.
  • Wrap fragile items in large bubble wrap filling in any handles or cavities (such as cups for example).  Wrap each item separately.
  • Fragile items need approx. 2″ of space between each item and 2″ of clearance from the top, bottom and sides of the box.
  • Do not use crumpled paper, blankets, clothing, pillows as packaging material.  These are NOT suitable packaging material.
  • Do use bubble wrap and foam peanuts.  Overfill the package with peanuts so items won’t move in transit.  Extra fragile items may require additional cushioning and/or double boxing.
  • For package security, never show the contents on the outside of the shipping carton.
  • Items not properly packaged, ARE NOT covered by carrier loss/damage coverage.

When in doubt, what should I do?

Simply bring your items to Postal Annex+.  We have been trained in proper packaging techniques to ensure your items arrive safe and intact.  We also handle cartons, peanuts, bubble wrap and tape and will be happy to discuss how to package your items if you wish to do your own packaging.

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