Select packaging that will protect your items. This is especially important for international bound shipments as packages are often handled by multiple carriers.
- Choose strong outer packaging or packing material on the inside to minimize any bumps along the way.
- Wrap items in bubble wrap prior to packing in a box to protect delicate products.
Find a box or envelope that fits your items well.
- Carriers charge postage based on dimensions and weight so package items as small as possible and minimize empty space in your packaging.
- Be accurate with weight and dimensions to prevent any postage adjustments or undeliverable packages.
- A bubble mailer can be a good option instead of a box that can help reduce costs if your items can be safely shipped in this packaging.
Use the correct type of packaging for your shipment.
- USPS branded packaging can only be used with USPS postage. If you ship using UPS MI or Asendia, USPS packaging cannot be used.
- Make sure to select the correct USPS flat rate postage when shipping in a USPS flat rate envelope or box.
Shipping labels have important details that carriers use to ensure your packages are processed efficiently. The label also has a unique bar code that is used to provide tracking updates for shipments that have tracking included.
Ensure postage labels are legible.
- Crinkled or faded postage labels can lead to missed tracking updates because they cannot be read properly by scanning systems used by carriers.
- Don’t cover the bar code with tape. This can cause the ink to fade and impact scanning.
- Place the bar code on a flat surface and not over the edge of the package.
Properly label your packages.
- Place the shipping label with the recipient’s full address on the most visible side of the package away from any folds or seams.
- Verify your shipping address is not missing any vital information. For example, the unit or apartment number.
- Research shipping carriers guidelines for international address formats.