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Shipping Boxes Explained.

What size box works for me?

When selecting the right box for your shipping needs, there are a lot of factors that you must consider. One of the biggest factors though, is box size. When choosing the correct size, more needs to be consider than just the product size. You must also consider the number of items that you are trying to ship together, their weight and how fragile they may be. From there, you need to determine what type of packing material you will use to fill the box and make allowances for that in you size decision. In addition to this, you need to consider your shipping cost depending on the size of box being used. Many B2C shippers’ upcharge on boxes greater than 1 cubic foot in volume.

The next question you need to answer is how the boxes will be stacked during palletization, distribution and storage. Based on these questions, you can determine if the inner or outer box dimensions are more important. From there, decide if the product will be packed from the top or bottom. With all this in mind, determine the length, width and depth dimensions and note whether these are inside or outside dimensions. If they are outside, double check to make sure your product fits within the inside dimensions. One other thing to consider for shipping costs is that the freight carrier will calculate the longest dimension in each of the three axes (X, Y, Z) and use these measurements to establish the package volume.

If the package is a right-angled rectangular cuboid (box), then this will be equal to the true volume of the package. However, if the package is of any other profile, then the calculation of volume will be more than the true capacity of the package.

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