Did you know that product damage is responsible for 34% of all packaging-related returns? 

Broken products can be a nightmare for businesses as it means additional costs when dealing with increased customer service requests, paying for the re-shipment (and maybe the returned item as well, depending on your return policy), and having to bear the cost of the unsold inventory. 

You must be aware of the best packaging methods when exporting fragile items, so you can avoid the inconvenience and hassle associated with managing damaged products. Here are a few ways you can ensure that your products have minimal damage when shipping:

Step 1 – Pack the fragile items appropriately
Packing your items into a box that is strong enough to carry the weight of the goods is of utmost importance.

Step 2 – Limit the movement of the fragile items
Place the product in the center of the box, with plenty of padding on all sides.

If you are packing more than one item in a box we recommend that you bubble wrap each item. Make sure to place a piece of cardboard between the delicate goods to prevent them from banging against each other and breaking

Step 3 – Seal the box tight Tape down the center seam and on each side of the corrugated box so that it will not open during the shipment. It is advisable to use the H sealing method.

Step 4 – Ensure that the shipping label is properly placed
Always position the label on the packaging’s widest surface. This increases the chances of your package arriving at the proper location. Cover the label with clear tape to keep it safe even if anything spills by mistake. 

Step 5 – Paste the fragile sticker
Make sure the fragile sticker is visible so the movers are aware that the product should be handled with care.

If you are unsure how to pack to avoid breakages or need professional handling of your items, it’s advisable to use a professional service. Using a business that has handled a large number of delicate products and delivered them securely to consumers while providing exceptional customer care might help you relax. Reach out to us, and if you’re ever concerned about our level of expertise, check our google reviews to better understand why we are the perfect fit for you. 

Continue reading to get some insights about insuring your packages. 

How can you obtain insurance when shipping fragile products? 

Swyft guides customers to decide on the best insurance scheme to be purchased for their high-value objects. In most cases, insurance costs vary from 3.5% to 5% of the item value. 

It is recommended that the consignee (receiver) refuse the damaged products hence be returned back to the sender. 

Points to remember when applying for insurance 

  • The fragile products must be packed properly, following the steps we’ve mentioned above. The insurance company would be required to assess the packaging before approving the claim. 
  • Adequate proof of both interior and exterior damages must be photographed from all angles. 
  • Damages that occur during shipping should be reported to us. Swyft will assess the damages on behalf of the client and raise an investigation. 
  • Additionally, Swyft would provide further proof and voice out concerns if the claim was to be rejected by the insurance company. 
  • The investigation would run approximately 2-3 weeks. 
  • After approval, the claim will be processed thereby deposited into the sender’s account. 

Running a company requires you to juggle multiple tasks at the same time, leaving you stressed and frustrated. We can assist you by removing one critical task from your hands: “Logistics.” You no longer have to worry about packing your products, engaging in insurance investigations, client inquiries about the shipping procedures or handling complications of the international customs since the Swyft team takes care of it all, leaving you to focus on other aspects of your business.

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