Packaging for international shipments: what should you consider?


Packaging quality is the key to preventing damage during transport and ensuring that your package reaches its destination in perfect condition. Assessing your packaging needs is therefore an essential step in determining the most appropriate packaging for the type of goods you want to ship internationally.

Here are the most important points to consider when you want to choose a packaging that is best suited to the product you want to send abroad.

The weight of the package to be shipped

Appropriate packaging should be strong enough to support the weight of the product you are shipping. You should therefore choose a box or crate made of sturdy material when packing a large mass object.

For example, a wood crate will be more suitable than a cardboard box to protect metal parts for the industrial sector.

Packaging dimensions and shape

The dimensions of the packaging should be large enough that the sides of the object you place in it do not touch or at least that there is no pressure being exerted on the walls.

If the product you want to ship internationally has an unusual shape, you may need to design custom packaging to ensure that it is well-protected and avoid wasting cargo space.

The condition or shape of the product to be shipped

Products that are shipped internationally are not always in solid form. In fact, many liquids and powders travel daily in trucks, boats and transport trucks.

Their packaging must be as resistant as possible, but most importantly airtight in order to avoid any spillage or contamination.

Fragility of the item sent internationally

Damage resulting from long-distance shipping is frequent, especially in the case of sensitive items. However, protective packaging that contains foam or bubble wrap can prevent many returns due to damaged goods.

For this type of shipment, it is also recommended to use a box or crate with the words “handle with care” on it.

Regulations for shipping certain types of goods

Some regulated items may require special packaging and labeling. Consider flammable products and pharmaceuticals. Moreover, if you ship medical equipment via Canada Post, please note that no coverage for loss or damage is available for this type of shipment.

Make sure that your packaging complies with standards while also perfectly protecting its contents.

Ensure the protection of products shipped internationally

In summary, there are several things to consider when choosing packaging for your products to ship internationally.

If you are looking for packaging that will perfectly protect your products to be shipped abroad, do not hesitate to contact Creopack. With over 30 years of experience in packaging solutions, our team will ensure that your products arrive at their destination in perfect condition.