When you ship electronics, you must take several precautions and be careful. You need to know how to ship electronics properly. Otherwise, your precious items could get damaged.
There are a lot of sensitive parts in electronics. Electronics also tend to be quite expensive and can pose certain challenges. You want to make sure that they arrive at their destination safe and sound. You could be shipping it within the city or anywhere in the world. As such, you must know certain rules and regulations, especially when it comes to international shipping.
Here is a guide on how to ship electronics safely and properly:
1. Shipping batteries
Many electronic devices may come with batteries. Some of these batteries may be lithium-ion batteries. These are very powerful batteries compared to the normal dry cell batteries we are all used to. If you are shipping something that contains lithium-ion batteries, you need to take extra care, especially if it is being shipped by plane. These could potentially cause sparks or even an explosion.
The best thing is to remove these special batteries and pack them separately and securely. Each battery should be wrapped using a non-conductive and insulated material.
2. Shipping fragile items
Since electronics contain many tiny and sensitive parts, make sure to mark the package as “FRAGILE.” There are also important parts that may be made of plastic that can break if there is some kind of an impact. Whenever possible, try to separate parts and wrap them securely. For example, if you are shipping a printer, there will be a paper tray.
Try to separate the paper tray from the rest of the printer to avoid breakage. Using bubble wrap can help prevent any breakage and keep the item safe. The best thing to do, if possible, is to separate as many of these items as possible. Make sure you label everything. You can use several layers of bubble wrap and securely tape it using heavy-duty tape. Use high-quality shipping supplies from a reputable manufacturer to ensure your electronics are protected.
3. Shipping sensitive electronics
Some electronics need special packaging and protection. For example, you may need to consider g-force, depending on shipping the package. The lower the g-force, the greater the need to protect it. Sometimes, you may need to consider the EMI or RFI frequencies (electromagnetic or radio-frequency interference). These items need to be packaged differently.
What you should do is use an aluminum shield. If you do not take this vital step, the product may arrive and not work, due to the exposure, rendering it unusable.
4. Use packing peanuts
Make sure to use a lot of packing peanuts. First, make sure that the item is secured with bubble wrap. Then, use a good, strongbox and fill it halfway with these special packing peanuts.
- If there are separate items like plastic trays you wish to also place in the box, make sure to put the main item in the box first. Place packing peanuts on top of this.
- Then, you can place other parts so that the items do not come in contact with each other.
- Once you have placed the smaller items, fill the box with more packing peanuts. Try to make sure everything is secure. You can do this by gently shaking the box.
If you suspect any movement, open the box and, if necessary, reposition the items and fill them with more packing peanuts. Once you are happy that the items are snug and secure, tape the box vertically and horizontally. Next, you should use a slightly bigger second box, fill it with packing peanuts, and place the first box into the second box.
Use as many protective packing peanuts as necessary. Make sure you use heavy-duty tape and secure the second box. Tape everywhere, including all the seams. This will protect the box and prevent packing peanuts from escaping.
5. Use other void fillers
Sometimes, electronic devices may have an odd shape. While we have mentioned using packing peanuts, you can also use other things. Due to an electronic device being a funny shape, it can cause air space. You want to avoid this. Apart from the packing peanuts and bubble wrap, there are also special air pillows that you can use.
6. Shipping insurance
If your electronics product is high value, you may need to get parcel insurance. Many of the big shippers do offer insurance. However, it may be better to go with a reputable third-party company for insurance coverage. Normally, these companies charge less, so you can save some money. In the event of a problem and you need to file a claim, you will receive payment much faster.
These are just a few tips on how to ship electronics. You may need to find out more about the destination country’s regulations regarding imports. You will also need to weigh the item to determine shipping prices.