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Minimizing the Risk of Damage, Loss and Claims When Shipping

Damage, Loss and Claims When Shipping

Experienced sellers know how improper and insufficient packaging can increase the risk of damage, loss, and claims during shipping, which can get expensive or require a great deal of time and effort to remedy. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce these risks and ensure that your goods gets delivered on time, on budget, and in excellent condition. Here are tips on how you can minimize the risk of damage, loss and claims when shipping.

Proper packaging is key. Ship items in a container that is suitable for its contents. Always use the appropriate box, making sure that contents do not exceed the container’s maximum gross weight to prevent it from bursting open while in transit.

Use boxes that are large enough to allow room for adequate cushioning material on all sides of the contents. They should be in good, rigid condition with no punctures, tears, rips, or corner damage. All flaps should be intact.

Wrap each item within the container separately. Fragile goods must be both cushioned to prevent collision with other items and keep it away from the corners and sides of the box. Glass items must not touch other glass items. Proper cushioning material, combined with a strong outer container, will protect the shipment.

Ensure that packages are closed securely using strong packaging tape such as pressure-sensitive plastic, water-activated paper tape or water-activated reinforced tape that are two inches or more in width. Never use masking tape, cellophane tape, string or paper over wrap.

Proper labeling is a must to prevent the package from getting lost and ensure on-time delivery. If re-using a box, remove or completely cover old labels. Do not place labels over a seam or closure on top of sealing tape. Place a duplicate address information inside the container for added protection.

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