Packing Your Shipment

Safe parcel delivery can be affected by the materials that you use and the way you package your items. The information below has been compiled to help you to pack you goods sensibly for domestic and international transit.


For safe parcel delivery the quality of the box you use is of more important. For the best protection your box should be made from industry standard durable double walled grooved cardboard.

Cushioning materials

This describes the materials that fill your box to protect more fragile items and ensure safe parcel delivery. They include: Bubble wrap, Polystyrene chips, or tightly screwed up newspaper.


Your package must be sealed securely to ensure that it does not open in transit. Household tape is NOT suitable for courier delivery. All edges where the flaps of your carton meet should be securely sealed with 48mm or 50mm wide plastic or reinforced carton tape.


Triangular shaped cylinders should be used for packaging rolled items such as maps and blueprints. Tubular cylinders are more easily crushed and therefore should not be used.

How to correctly pack your items


Select a suitably sized box

Safe parcel delivery requires attention to the way you pick and pack your boxes. Do not over-fill or under-fill your box can leave your items vulnerable to damage in transit.

Use protective cushioning

Filling empty space in your box with cushioning material such as bubble wrap or polystyrene chips will help to protect your items from damage.

Cover sharp edges

Ends and edges which could cause damage to your or other packages should be protected with double walled heavy duty cardboard for safe parcel delivery.

Wrap individual items separately

All items within your package should be wrapped separately to ensure their individual protection from one another and movement.

Seal your package securely

To ensure safe parcel delivery you should use industry standard tape (not household tape) to securely seal all open ends of your package.

Label your package clearly

Always ensure that the address on your label is legible, easily visible and securely fixed to the outside of your box. The full address (including postcode or zip code) should always be used to avoid delays.

How to correctly pack liquid items


Leak-free containers

To ensure safe parcel delivery all non-solids should be sealed securely within leak-proof containers to protect other items in your package.

Lightweight sealable plastic bags

These should be used as a second layer of protection from leakage.

These should be clearly visible and attached to the sides of your box.

How to package fragile or delicate items


Please be aware that fragile goods are not covered by Standard liability and can be sent on limited liability / non compensation basis only.


In addition to the packaging advice noted above for safe parcel delivery World First courier users should consider the following:

Additional cushioning

The more delicate your items are the higher the need for additional cushioning to ensure safe parcel delivery.

Optimum positioning of your items

For delicate items it is strongly recommended that you use additional cushioning material to ensure safe parcel delivery. This will reduce the likelihood of potential impacts to your box causing damage to your delicate items.

“Fragile” and “Handle with care” labels

World First courier only uses the best couriers who are all committed to handling your packages with care. Although not a substitute for a properly packaged item, such labels may improve the probability of safe parcel delivery.

  • Currency
  • Dangerous goods
  • Bullion
  • Liquids & Semi-liquids
  • Philately Items
  • Pornography
  • Drugs and Narcotics
  • Firearms, parts thereof and ammunition
  • Precious & Semi-Precious Items
  • Radioactive Material
  • Commodities banned by Law at any given time without prior notice
  • All IATA Restricted Items and Dangerous goods
  • Pornography
  • Electronic and Electrical Products and Spare Parts with battery source
  • Corpses, cremated or disinterred remains
Expert Packing
  • Use appropriate packing materials
  • Correctly pack your items
  • Wrap individual items separately
  • Use Leak-free containers
  • Lightweight sealable plastic bags
  • Correctly pack liquid items
  • Package fragile or delicate items

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