How to Pack and Ship Barrels Overseas

Ship barrels overseas to the Caribbean or other destinations

Barrels are used to transport different types of items, more frequently in the Caribbean and other American countries. Find out what’s the best solution to ship barrels overseas or domestically if you need to send your items in a barrel to Jamaica, or any other destination. Choose Eurosender to organise your international shipment with the best logistic companies. Learn how to pack barrels for shipping them domestically or to the Caribbean, Africa and to other regions overseas.

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Things to consider before shipping barrels internationally

Before shipping barrels in Europe or overseas, you should consider the following list of recommendations:

  • Prepare your shipment. Follow the guidelines on how to pack a barrel for shipping overseas in order to protect your shipment and prevent any damages during transit.
  • Select the type of shipping service that suits you best on our booking tool or ask for a personalised offer.
  • Check the customs regulations of the import and export countries and the rules about shipping barrels.
  • Check whether you need to print and attach the label to your package. You will receive this information by e-mail.


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How to pack a barrel for shipping overseas

To get your barrel ready for transportation, consider the following rules and recommendations.

  • Sort out all goods. Carefully check each item and group them in categories on the floor. Prepare the heaviest items to be put first on the bottom of the drum.
  • Pack and protect all items. Use pluriball or other packing material to protect and avoid damages.
  • Place the items in the barrel and use cushioning material to fill the empty space.
  • Close the barrel, secure the barrel cover and place the label (if requested).


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FAQ on shipping barrels domestically or internationally

What is the cost of sending a barrel to Jamaica?
The cost of sending a barrel to Jamaica depends on the weight of the shipment and on the distance. With Eurosender you will benefit from some of the lowest shipping rates on the market. Get a free quote using our booking tool for a pallet transport or ask for a personalised offer.
How long does it take to ship a barrel to the Caribbean region?
The delivery time when shipping a barrel to the Caribbean depends on the country of origin and destination. Shipping a barrel from Europe or the UK to the Caribbean, for example, may take between two to three weeks with standard shipping services. If you require express transport solutions, consider booking an air freight service to have your barrels transported by plane in the shortest time possible.
Do I have to use a new shipping barrel if I want to send my items in a barrel?
No, you can pack your items in a new barrel or choose to pack them inside a used or second-hand barrel. If you opt for the used barrel for your transport, make sure that its interior is completely clean and that it’s not damaged.
What are the most common items I can send in a shipping barrel?
A shipping barrel can be used to transport many different kinds of items domestically or internationally as long as those products are not in the list of prohibited and restricted items. The most common items sent overseas inside a shipping barrel are canned food, clothing and emergency supplies.
Can I ship food inside a barrel?
Yes, you can send food to the Caribbean, to Africa or another international destination in a shipping barrel, but please note that food is included in the list of prohibited and restricted items by most of the couriers. If you are sending food inside a shipping barrel it’s important to check the terms and conditions of the selected courier and to avoid home-made or perishable food.
What are the types of barrels for international shipping?
There are different types of shipping barrels that can be used for overseas shipments. According to your needs, you can, for example, choose barrels made of durable plastic, aluminium, stainless steel, wood, cardboard and even fibre (fibre drums being eco-friendly).
How much can I normally pack inside a shipping barrel?
The barrels that are most often used for overseas shipments are 44 (or 55) gallon drums. As their name says, they can contain 44 (55) gallons of liquid (200 litres). If you send items in the barrel that are not liquids, the weight of the shipment may vary. When you book a barrel shipping service, don’t forget to include dimensions and weight of the barrel in the shipment dimensions.
Can Eurosender organise international and intercontinental barrel shipping services?
Yes, at Eurosender we collaborate with global logistics providers to offer transport solutions across the globe. It does not matter if you want to ship a single barrel or have a shipment containing several barrels, we can find a solution that is just right for you. Send us a message or request a personalised offer and our experts will prepare a shipping service tailored to your needs, at the shortest time possible.


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