Packing tips for trouble-free shipping.

Packing tips for trouble-free shipping.

Packing a parcel isn't rocket science. However, it does help to pay attention to a few things so that the shipping process goes smoothly. Our packing tips show you the most important points to consider for safe shipping.

Packing tips

Shipping guide

Well-packed parcels reach their destination quickly.

Important packing instructions

Packaging in general

For the secure transport of your goods the packaging must be suitable for the weight of the parcel's contents. The packaging needs to be able to withstand the strains of automated and mechanical sorting. Parcels packed together as a bundle are excluded from transport.

Outer packaging

The outer packaging should be tightly closed and well sealed with adhesive tape along all edges. None of the parcel's contents should stick out of the packaging. Please make sure that your goods are fully packed in a cardboard box which is square or rectangular in shape. Compared to sales or presentation packaging, specially designed packaging has a protective function which makes it suitable for transport purposes.

Before re-using them you should check any used outer packaging, seals and padding for damage and, if necessary repair or replace them. Please make sure that you remove existing barcodes, and that the addresses of the consignee and the shipper are clearly legible.

Outer packaging

The outer packaging should be tightly closed and well sealed with adhesive tape along all edges. None of the parcel's contents should stick out of the packaging. Please make sure that your goods are fully packed in a cardboard box which is square or rectangular in shape. Compared to sales or presentation packaging, specially designed packaging has a protective function which makes it suitable for transport purposes.

Before re-using them you should check any used outer packaging, seals and padding for damage and, if necessary repair or replace them. Please make sure that you remove existing barcodes, and that the addresses of the consignee and the shipper are clearly legible.

Inner packaging

You should use soft padding for light goods and harder padding for heavy goods. In this way you enable a certain amount of play, but prevent any impact that would penetrate the packaging. The goods must be protected and fixed in place on all sides.

The packaged goods must not have any room to move within the packaging. If the contents of the parcel vary, you should select the inner packaging to make sure that the most fragile articles are well protected, and can't come into contact with the outer packaging.

Consignee address

Please make sure that the consignee address is correct and clearly marked. In the case of domestic and international Express-Service parcels, the telephone number should be added to the consignee address.

Consignee address

Please make sure that the consignee address is correct and clearly marked. In the case of domestic and international Express-Service parcels, the telephone number should be added to the consignee address.

Girth

The girth (circumference + length) – serves to limit the dimensions of transported goods and must not exceed 3 m. For parcels that have already been paid for online and handed in at a Pickup parcelshop, the maximum girth is 2.5 m.

Maximum dimensions

In addition to the maximum weight of 31.5 kg, the girth must be kept in mind above all. The girth (circumference + length) – serves to limit the dimensions of transported goods and must not exceed 3 m.

Circumference = (height + width) x 2

Girth (max. 3 m) = circumference + longest side (max. 1.75 m)

Particularly voluminous parcels over 200 litres in volume are subject to a surcharge.

Maximum dimensions

In addition to the maximum weight of 31.5 kg, the girth must be kept in mind above all. The girth (circumference + length) – serves to limit the dimensions of transported goods and must not exceed 3 m.

Circumference = (height + width) x 2

Girth (max. 3 m) = circumference + longest side (max. 1.75 m)

Particularly voluminous parcels over 200 litres in volume are subject to a surcharge.

Volumetric weight

Airfreight parcels are priced on the basis of volumetric weight in cases where this exceeds the actual weight in kg. The volumetric weight indicates how much space a parcel occupies within the aircraft in relation to its weight and, in the interests of economic and ecological loading on passenger aircraft, is calculated using the following formula:

Length (cm) x width (cm) x height (cm) / 5,000 (cm3/kg)

The volumetric weight is only relevant to international DPD EXPRESS parcels.

Girth and Volumetric Weight Calculator

Normal Girth Calculator
Parcelshop Calculator

To calculate the combined dimensions and volumetric weight of your parcel please complete the following three fields:

Height
Width
Length

The combined dimensions of your parcel are:

cm

The volumetric weigth of your parcel:

KG

NOTE: This is a computed value which was not measured with calibrated scales - please see the note in the first paragraph.

Parcel stickers

All the relevant parcel labels (DPD parcel label, company address sticker, C.O.D. sticker) should be applied to the upper (largest) surface of the parcel. Please make sure that the DPD parcel label is not covered by packaging string or markings.

Pickup shipping cartons

The right packaging is what counts!

The Pickup shipping carton is a packaging solution specially designed for DPD and tailored to the shipping needs of our parcel customers. It is available in sizes S, M and L. Parcel shippers can buy the shipping cartons at participating Pickup parcelshops.

Pickup shipping cartons

The right packaging is what counts!

The Pickup shipping carton is a packaging solution specially designed for DPD and tailored to the shipping needs of our parcel customers. It is available in sizes S, M and L. Parcel shippers can buy the shipping cartons at participating Pickup parcelshops.

Wrapping film

When using shrink film, make sure that it is placed over the parcel label and that it is smooth and without any printing. To ensure legibility throughout the DPD system, you can have your film material tested by us for suitability before it is used for the first time. In this way you can be absolutely sure that nothing stands in the way of speedy transport. Simply get in touch with your contact person.

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