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How to send a heavier parcel correctly?

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Written by Ecoparcel March 19, 2021

Requirements for parcel shipments are pretty strict around the world. 

After all, in order for shipments to happen as efficiently as possible, companies will want to deliver in larger quantities and to take up requests from as many many people as they can.

That’s why sending parcels that are larger in measurement can be quite a tricky task. In this article, we will give you a few tips on how to send heavier and larger parcels the right way.

How to package large parcels

Regardless of whether you’re sending something as a one-off for your friends or family members, or plan to make this routine as a retailer, packaging is one of the most important parts when it comes to sending heavier items.

Finding the right container

Practically all European countries have strict limitations for parcels when it comes to weight and size (we’ll get to those a bit later). 

As such, you need to make sure your parcels can fit nicely within a box and make sure that the packaging is strong enough to survive a long journey on transit.

Getting the right materials

For heavier items, cardboard is usually the best-suiting material to form packages along with either stitched or stapled seams. 

This is especially true for items weighing at least 10 kilograms, where multiple layers of cardboard are recommended for the box to be able to carry the weight as well ensure the sturdiness.

If your item isn’t heavy, but just long, you might find it difficult to find the right box for your item. A good tip would be to tape two sturdy cardboard boxes together with something strong like duct tape, again paying attention to the seams of the box.

Of course, don’t make the box itself too large, as the larger it is, the less durability it will have on transport.

If you don’t want to use cardboard and are looking for a more eco-friendly option, a good alternative can be reusable materials, just make sure that they’re strong enough to support the measurements and weight of your shipment.

Making sure the package is protected

After you form the right container for your parcel, the next thing is to work on its insides, to make sure that the box has the right internal protection for your item.

Typically, bubble-wrap, crumpled paper or inflatable bags are used in order to make sure that the item doesn’t move around in its package on travel.

As a final step, make sure that your package is properly sealed close. Usually, duct tape is the best option here since it's sturdy, or something similar.

Parcel weight limitations

As we mentioned earlier, most countries in Europe have strict weight rules when it comes to parcels.

Either 30 or 50 kilograms is the limit for a single parcel, but that depends on the destination. Make sure to try out different weights to make sure you can indeed send your parcel as it is.

Since these limitations are strict, we recommend splitting your shipment into multiple parcels if your item is heavier than that. 

For example, if you’re sending an item weighing 100 kilograms, split them into three for 30 kilograms and one for 10 kilograms as to fit within the rules. At Ecoparcel, we allow a single order to be for up to 1000 parcels, which makes this easy even for retailers.

What’s the cheapest way to send a heavier parcel?

Naturally, the cheapest way to get your parcel shipped is to request a quote from a courier company like us. When your package is properly contained and secured, all that’s left is to select the best offer for shipping from one of our partners.

Depending on how fast and what price you want to pay for your package to get delivered, we’re sure that you’ll find the offer that best fits your bill.