5 Tips To Avoid Shipping Damage

Recently, a friend of mine who is a local art dealer shipped a picture from Los Angeles to New York.  Once it reached its destination they found that, not only had the glass been shattered, but the frame was destroyed beyond repair. The piece of artwork was irreplaceable and it left her client extremely disappointed. Although unfortunate, this is not an isolated incident. Here are some simple tips to help properly package your treasured belongings. 

Damage Box

Damage Box

  1. Select the right box. Don’t be tempted to use an old box from the garage to try to save money. Use high quality boxes – we use double wall boxes that are reinforced with two layers of cardboard. Sometimes, depending on the item, we double box which simply means we put a small box into the bigger box, thus creating a stable buffer to protect the item during shipping. However, if your box is in good condition, and has no visible structural damage, it may suffice (use your judgement).
  2. Always insulate your item with the right packing material. Consult your local shipping dealer to find out if peanuts, Styrofoam, or bubble wrap is the correct one to use if you are unsure.  Avoid using scotch tape; a high quality packaging tape will work best to keep the box sealed.
  3. Keep your item in the middle of the box leaving two to three inches of space, (your item should never touch the inner box wall). Fill the void with the appropriate material. This will buffer any impact during shipping.
  4. Label the upright position of your box accordingly. While this might seem obvious, you’ll be surprise how many people don’t do it. The This Side Up label will tell the handler how to move the box and receiver how to open it correctly. 
  5. Consult your shipping and packing dealer about any special requirements, for example we use a special paper that will never stick to the painting, thus preventing it from damage.

We hope this information is helpful to you in preventing any mishaps. If you have any questions please gives us a call at 323-934-8269 or contact info@theboxdepot.net