Whether you are shipping by yourself, or you are taking advantage of the convenience of a freight forwarding company, it is important that you package your products properly so that they arrive in good condition. You may think about packaging so that items do not break in shipment, but when shipping to a moist or tropical environment, there is another concern too—packaging to avoid mildew and mold. Before you ship your next order, make sure you keep the following tips in mind to avoid mold and mildew damage.
- Package liquid items separately – If you have items that are liquid or which could spill, ship them in a separate container or parcel than items that are not. That way if something DOES spill, your whole shipment will not be ruined.
- Consider temperature – Think about package contraction and expansion as temperature rises and falls. If you bottle your own products, keep this in mind.
- Wrap cloth products well – Cloth products are especially prone to mold and mildew. Use plastic or even shrinkwrap to make sure they do not get wet during the shipping process.
- Utilize faster shipping methods – If you have products that you need to keep dry and fresh, faster shipping methods will expose your shipment to the warm, salty air for a shorter time and may prevent some of the mold or mildew from occurring.
As you can see, there is a lot to think about when packaging for transport to damp or tropical areas. Take a few precautions and remember that sometimes you may get better results working with an expert. After all, the goal is to get your shipments to their destination in good shape!