Packing tips. For trouble-free shipping.

Packing tips. For trouble-free shipping.

Packing goods efficiently isn't rocket science, but it's still worthwhile keeping a few things in mind to ensure reliable shipping. Our packing tips show you the most important points to follow in order to ensure trouble-free shipping.

Important packing instructions

Packing 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, handling and transport operations. 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 any existing barcodes, and that the addresses of the shipper and the consignee are clearly readable.

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 any existing barcodes, and that the addresses of the shipper and the consignee are clearly readable.

Inner packaging

You should use soft padding for light goods and harder padding for heavy goods.  This provides protection and prevents any play inside the packaging.  The goods must be protected and fixed in place on all sides.

The contents should not be able to move around. If the contents of the parcel vary, you should select the inner packaging to make sure that the most sensitive 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 (height + width) x 2 – serves to limit the dimensions of transported goods and must not exceed 3 m. For parcels to be shipped from a parcel shop and paid for online, the maximum girth is 2.5 m. 

Max. dimensions

In addition to the maximum weight of 31.5 kg, the instructions relating to girth must be complied with. The girth (height + width) x 2  – 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)

A surcharge applies to especially voluminous parcels with a volume of over 200 L.

Max. dimensions

In addition to the maximum weight of 31.5 kg, the instructions relating to girth must be complied with. The girth (height + width) x 2  – 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)

A surcharge applies to especially voluminous parcels with a volume of over 200 L.

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 of 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 DPD EXPRESS international 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 stickers (DPD parcel label, company address sticker, COD sticker) should be applied to the upper (largest) surface of the parcel - if possible next to each other and without overlapping. Please make sure that the DPD parcel label is not covered by packaging string or markings.

Shipping envelopes

We’ll be happy to provide you with shipping envelopes for the customs and shipping documents of your international shipments.

Shipping envelopes

We’ll be happy to provide you with shipping envelopes for the customs and shipping documents of your international shipments.

Wrapping film

If you use shrink film, make sure that in the area of the parcel label it is smooth and without any lettering. In order to ensure readability in the entire DPD system, it is advisable to have your film material tested by us before first use. In this way you can make sure that there will be no obstacle to fast transport. Simply get in touch with your DPD contact for advice.

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