Packing Fragile Cargo

Packing Fragile Cargo

Looking to send some precious cargo to Fiji and you are looking for some tips for packing fragile cargo. You are in luck as we have put together some tips for packing fragile or breakable goods especially when it comes to sending via air or sea freight.

Get Your Packing Materials Ahead of Time

We advise against using second-hand shipping boxes or pre-used boxes as they may have lost their structural integrity. There are various options for when packing fragile goods, based on size, shape and their make (in terms of whether they are glass, porcelain, and so forth). You can choose between plied cardboard boxes or wooden crates based on the quantity of goods being shipped. If you’ve chosen to go ahead with cardboard shipping boxes, we advise you choose the smaller boxes for the heavy fragile goods (for structural integrity and ease of transport per box) and the larger cardboard shipping boxes for the lighter fragile goods.

Understanding the Shipping from Australia to Fiji Process

Choosing the right shipping boxes/crates and packing materials are extremely important as it will protect your fragile cargo from vibrations, bumps and any form of shocks during transport. It’s important to remember that when you are sending and packing fragile cargo to be sent from Australia to Fiji, that it moves through a variety of transport modes. It will be first transport via road before either loaded onto a cargo airplane or ocean cargo ship.

What Not to Use when Packing Fragile Cargo

Many individuals assume that using the likes of soft cloths will help with packing.  We often find that blankets, bath towels, or quilts have been used for packing. We advise against using these as the fragile items will not be protected from the various shocks, bumps or vibrations.

What to Use for Cushioning in Packing Fragile Cargo

We recommend the following types of packing materials for cushioning purposes to protect fragile cargo from shocks, vibrations, and bumps during transport.

  • Packing peanuts – These are great for filling any voids within a shipping box or crates. This is to ensure that the space or void between the fragile cargo and the interior of the shipping box/crate is filled.
  • Paper – Paper can be used to wrap fragile items or used to wad certain areas of the shipping box/crate. We advised against using newspaper and recommend using Kraft paper or heavy grade packing paper.
  • Corrugated fibreboards – These can act as liners between objects and provides cushioning.
  • Inflated products/Bubble wrap –These act as cushioning items especially when wrapped around fragile cargo. We advise using these with packing peanuts.
  • Foam structures – Foam structures can act as wadding/wedging items to keep things in place during transport.
  • Blocking/bracing items – Whilst it’s important to ensure packing is done right, you also need to that they hold in place during transport.


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