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What are some tips for shipping your personal effects?

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Some tips for shipping personal effects are to select the right box, pack with lots of cushioning, seal the box carefully, and label boxes accurately with the shipper's name and correct destination address. Other tips are to purchase shipping insurance and choose a reliable freight forwarding company. Properly packing the items ensures that they arrive undamaged.

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Though shipping boxes are typically made of heavy corrugated cardboard, shippers need to make sure that the box can hold the weight of its contents. For heavy items such as furniture, shippers can use packing crates. For packing fragile or breakable items, wrapping them in cushioning material such as packing chips, newspaper or bubble wrap ensures that they do not bump into each other and break during the shipping process.

When sealing the box, shippers need to make sure that all seams and open areas are properly sealed. The sender's name and destination address must be clearly labeled on the boxes, and it is a good idea to have the same information label inside the box in the event that the outside label gets defaced or torn. When shipping boxes over long distance or internationally, shippers can use industrial wrapping around the boxes to further protect them from rough handling.

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