Make sure that your parcel will arrive safely.
Adhering to these advices will ensure the best packaging for your parcel:
• You can use the original transport packaging of the item, if it is still intact. It should provide according protection, unlike the commercial packaging.
• Before packing a parcel make sure that both the inner and outer packaging is safely secured. If damaged or inappropriate, the packaging must be either repaired or replaced with a new one.
• You must use soft filler for light items and harder filler for larger and more solid items, so that they can soften any outside concussions or breach of integrity.
• All sides must be protected and reinforced. The maximum force that might affect your parcel (mechanical sorting, loading and unloading etc.) is equal to a drop of about 80cm. in height on a hard surface. The outer and inner packaging must be able to withstand 4 to 5 times their own weight in order to protect your items in the parcel.
• Items must be unable to freely move in the outer packaging. Always use appropriate inner packaging in order to accordingly remove empty spaces between items in the parcel.
• If you are packaging different items at the same time, the packaging must be suitable the item which is the most fragile.
• Fragile items must not come in contact with the outer packaging of the parcel.
• Do not overload the empty space in the parcel. Factory packaging is intentionally left with empty spaces so that they can absorb any external forces.
• There should not be any parts of the items in the parcel sticking out. In such cases use a larger box or additional packaging.
• The outer packaging must be securely sealed and all corners safely protected by duct tape. We recommend using foil for transportation.
It is of utmost importance that the packaging is appropriate for the items which are being moved.
• The packaging must be appropriate for handling with loading or unloading equipment as well as with sorting equipment. During the transportation your packages are usually changing the means of transport in order to travel hundreds or even thousands of kilometers.
• Separate items joined together with duct tape are not accepted for transportation. They must be placed in a separate hard box.
• Bags, sandbags, sacks, suitcases, tubes are not accepted. Such items must be put in a cardboard box.
• Parcels containing documents must be placed in hard cardboard boxes or cardboard envelopes to be eligible to be serviced by DPD ECONOMY or DPD CLASSIC.
• Liquids can only be transported in specialized containers. Those containers must be protected by foil or plastic envelope but not in a cardboard box. Spilling of liquids due to inadequate packing can damage your parcels as well as the parcels of other customers.
18 useful tips for appropriate packaging
- Stickers "Fragile" and "Attention" are in no way substitutes of reliable inner and outer packaging. Their function is informative.
- Choose the appropriate size for outer packaging of your parcels. The parcels containing too much free space have a risk of items bumping into each other and damaging themselves while overloaded parcels can burst open due to the pressure created while handling them.
- Always use high quality materials for the packaging of your parcels. Consider the strength, softness and endurance of the packaging materials.
- Choose boxes made from five-layered cardboard with high quality.
- Use packing filler, polyethylene foam, bubble foil, packets filled with air or shredded paper to prevent separate items from moving around in the parcel.
- Do not allow items in the parcel to move freely in the packaging. Fragile items must be individually wrapped with a few layers of soft inner packaging and separated from each other by filler materials.
- Use wide duct tape to wrap the outer container of the parcel.
- If you have at your disposal a packing machine use it to wrap the cardboard box(the outer packaging).
- Put the items for transportation in the middle of the cardboard box, while not touching its outer walls. After that fill the empty spaces between the items ensuring that they are not touching.
- Powders or liquids must be put in separate nylon containers. Finally they must be put in cardboard boxes and securely sealed.
- If sending gifts, do not count on the packaging of the retailer. Repackage them accordingly. A lot of items are sold in attractive packaging, inappropriate for transportation.
- Use triangular boxes when packaging bottles, cards, schematics or paintings.
- Protect your CDs, audio and video carriers with soft fabrics for isolation around each item.
- Always use cardboard separators in a parcel when sending flat and fragile materials. They will separate items, limit their contact with each other as well as with the outer walls of the parcel.
-It is possible to use an already used cardboard box. Just make sure it is in good condition and it is not deformed. Please remove all indications and stickers from it.
- Do not use irregular or damaged cardboard packaging.
- Do not use satchels or containers made of fabrics.
- Do not send dangerous or prohibited items, as you are legally responsible for them.