Importing Shipping Cartons - Mail Order Boxes - Understand What Type Of Box Your Supplier Is Providing For Freight
Posted by Live Now Education G Support Team on 09 September 2019 10:40 AM

Our supplier used to call our premium cardboard cartons 'mail order boxes' which are designed to withstand shipping and handling.

However to be honest from our experience mentoring other students, not all suppliers are familiar with this term and you may find your supplier doesn't know what you're referring to.

Therefore we recommend asking your supplier a few questions so you understand their process such as:

* Do you include shipping cartons in the FOB / CIF / EXW etc price?
* If not, how much does each carton cost and how many units fit into a carton?
* What type of cardboard exactly is used, for example is it corrugated and what is the ply / thickness?
* Does your factory make the shipping cartons or are you outsourcing this to another company?
* Can you arrange stronger / heavy duty / premium / mail order boxes for an additional cost, if the standard cartons aren't strong enough and get damaged during shipping?

The only time Amanda has ever paid extra for shipping cartons, is when she wanted modified packaging that's not the suppliers standard cartons, such as using a thicker ply cardboard or adding polystyrene packaging inside the carton around large / heavy / fragile products.

Depending on your product you may find the suppliers standard boxes are sufficient and the link below explains the basics of cardboard types and ply / thickness:

Cardboard Fundamentals

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