Handle with care: How to pack fragile items.

Fragile items require very secure packaging. Please remember that your shipment will be loaded onto and off trucks as well as being stacked onto airfreight pallets alongside heavy commercial cargo. Following these instructions will ensure that your items arrive safely.

Suitable packaging materials:

  • Heavy-duty cardboard boxes (twin or triple cushioned walls, rated for at least 40 kg / 85 lbs)
  • Bubble wrap
  • Cushioning materials (e.g. packing peanuts, styrofoam chips, crumpled newspaper)
  • High-quality tape (at least 5 cm / 2 in wide)

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Assemble the box and tape over all bottom edges.
  2. Cover the bottom of the box with a layer of cushioning material at least 5 cm (2 in) thick.
  3. Wrap each item individually in several layers of bubble wrap and use tape to secure the bubble wrap.
  4. Ensure that there are at least 5 cm of cushioning material between each item inside the box as well as between the items and the outer walls. Fill up all empty spaces with cushioning material so your items cannot move inside the box.
  5. Fill up the box with cushioning material all the way to the top. Close the lid and tape over all edges.
  6. Tape the myAirCargo label provided with your booking confirmation to the box.

Helpful leads:

  • If you use a wooden crate or box, it must comply with quarantine regulations for shipments to and from the USA. Ask the supplier if the box complies with the IPPC standard ISPM 15 and demand a certificate of compliance.
  • We recommend using new cardboard boxes. Used boxes are less stable and provide less protection for your items. Please make sure to use high-quality boxes.
  • Do not overload your boxes. We recommend no more than 25 kg / 55 lbs per box.
  • Place heavier items at the bottom and lighter items at the top of the box.
  • Suitcases and bags are not suitable for packaging, as labels do not stick to them properly.
  • For fragile or valuable items, we recommend professional packaging. Our service center can refer you to a packaging specialist.

Please remember:

  • It is your responsibility to pack your items securely for transport. myAirCargo and our insurance provider will assume no liability for damages caused by improper packaging.
  • Our drivers and our airport staff can refuse transport if they fear poor packaging might cause a safety hazard for your items, other shipments or our staff.