Preparing irregular items

How to assure safe transport

Large, heavy or irregularly shaped items need extra attention to packaging and handling. Often they cannot be stacked or placed on conveyor belts during transit. Because of this, you may need to pay a surcharge. If your shipment requires special handling, please contact us for assistance.

A guide to irregular items


Heavy cylinders should be strapped to a pallet, being sure to avoid overhang and make your pallet stackable. Lighter tube-shaped items can be packed in a triangular shipping tube.

Unboxed items

Large unpackaged items should be strapped to a pallet. You can then build a protective wooden frame around them or cover with an overturned box. Use additional padding to protect any sharp edges which may be exposed.

Sharp/protruding items

Sharp items must be wrapped in protective padding before being placed in a box. Never allow anything to protrude from a packed box, as it risks damage when stacked. If necessary, use a larger box or consider a pallet.

Heavy/oversized items

Maximum weight and dimensions vary per service. For shipments exceeding 2.4m x 1.2m x 1.5m (L x W x H) or 500 kg, please contact customer service.

240cm > 120cm > 150cm > 500 kg >


Find a flat surface to affix your routing label and any special handling labels required. On materials like wood, rubber or fabric, use additional tape, staples or glue to secure your labels.

Safe and secure

Take care when packing

Your packaging needs to meet our minimum requirements.

More packing guidelines

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