Shipping items packed in plastic boxes. Is it allowed?3 min read


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Can I ship in plastic boxes?

Plastic boxes as covers for your intended shipment are not a recommended form of packaging. There are many ways to pack your shipment but this is the least recommended one.

Why is transporting items with a poly plastic box, not a recommended packaging form?

Transfer shocks that occur during transport are the main reason why plastic boxes are not a recommended packaging form. Plastic may be known as a resistant material, however, when it comes to an outside shipping cover, it can easily break. When using plastic boxes for shipping not only that the outside cover could break, but also there is the additional risk of the content inside being damaged.

Plastic boxes, or plastic bags, are not an allowed form of packaging. If the customer wants to ship items in a poly plastic box, the selected courier service may choose to refuse carriage of the package. Once you have chosen the right form of packaging you can proceed further with the order.

What should I do if I need to ship items in a poly plastic container?

Even though transporting items with a poly plastic case is not recommended, you can still however ship items in a poly plastic box. Just make sure that you put it in a proper cardboard box and fill the voids inside. There are several options for filling a void and cushioning, such as bubble wrap, peanuts, crinkle paper, inflatables, ornament shred or similar. These will protect the inside plastic box and avoid breaking.
Packing in PVC boxes, if of sturdier substance, can be used as a packaging form for prints or rolled canvas paintings. However, make sure you have properly secured the inside content with plastic wrap, bubble wrap and additional protection to fill the voids.

What are the recommended packaging forms?

If the content of the shipment is sensitive, packing in PVC boxes as well as cardboard is not always the right choice. What we recommend for such items are the corrugated carton boxes. These boxes can be easily purchased from online stores. For more details, you can visit our page dedicated to packaging materials and all about shipping boxes.
Before making your order make sure you have the correct measures of the boxes. If you have any doubts regarding the size of the packaging material our customer support team would be happy to help you.

If you care about the environment when using plastics what we recommend is using Polyethylene (PE) and Polypropylene (PP) plastics material instead of PVC ones. Make sure you follow the instructions on how to secure them in an additional corrugated carton box to avoid damaging.

Last modified: August 29, 2019

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