When dealing with a situation where you face complex supply chain and compliance requirements, packaging decisions can be a significant hurdle to overcome. These 5 tips will help you choose the right packaging for your product.
- Review relevant regulations. We can tell you from experience that if you are shipping overseas, it is important to be familiar with regulations such as the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures. We keep customers informed so that they don’t fall into the trap of noncompliance, which can result in product returns, shipment delays, and extra costs for inspections or repackaging.
- Ensure that you’re familiar with the handling, receiving, and inspection requirements on the destination’s end. We have seen that many times, shipping departments have packaging requirements, such as labeling specifications, and to ignore them is to risk delays or returns.
- Consider how your products will be transported. Each transport mode subjects shipments to different levels of environmental exposure, physical forces, and re-handling. Also, security and cargo liability regulations vary depending on the method of shipment. Are your products shrink-wrapped or banded? If they are opened for examination, they may be damaged later in transit, so you need to be prepared with information on how best to handle these situations.
- Consider how your product is put together. If you can determine susceptibility to water, sunlight, temperature, and physical stress such as compression, impact, vibration, and surface contact, you can help mitigate the risk of damage to your products during transit.
- Be aware and informed of shipment inspection regulations. Products are often inspected upon delivery for quality conformance and accurate ship count. If your destination is prepared to accept more than one item from you at a time, they may prefer a bulk package they can easily open for inspection, then resealed to move to the warehouse, factory floor, or store shelf.