About the Shipping Container
- Items should be packed in a corrugated cardboard container. Flimsy containers just
won’t stand up to the rigors of shipping. If your item is not packed in a
corrugated box, and it breaks, it probably won’t be covered by shipping insurance.
- Packages that are not in a corrugated box may be subject to an additional handling
- A good shipping container has its ratings printed on the bottom flap. Look for a
minimum of 200 lbs per square inch Burst Test Strength and at least 32 lbs Edge
Crush Test. Using a box of lesser strength will not ensure the safety of your
shipment, and your damaged item may not be covered by shipping insurance.
- Every time a corrugated box is shipped, it loses 60% of its strength. A used box
might not have enough strength to provide adequate protection on another trip.
You may pack your item in a used box, but be aware that if the item breaks, it may
not be covered by shipping insurance.
- Don’t worry about pre-existing printing on the used box. The shipping carriers
(such as UPS, Fed-Ex, and USPS) only use the encoded bar code on the label. They
don’t care if the box says “POTATOES” or “BOOTS”, but it cannot be marked as any
kind of alcoholic beverage. Just make sure that any previous bar codes on the box
are removed or obscured with magic marker. There is no need to prepare hand-written
address labels anymore, all the carriers now use bar-codes.
- Only wineries and distilleries are authorized to ship alcoholic beverages. Firearms
and ammunition can only be shipped directly from the carrier or dealer, and can only
be shipped to a dealer. The carrier must inspect the firearm/ammunition. This
applies to firearm parts as well as entire firearms.
- Use only a good grade of 2” or 3” wide shipping tape on the corrugated box. Other
tape can easily tear along the opening of the box. Shipping tape incorporates a
good adhesive that will not fall off during shipping. Under no circumstances use
duct tape, masking tape, household cellophane tape, or kraft paper tape for sealing
a shipping box. Non-shipping tape loses adhesion during temperature changes.
Carrier trucks, cargo planes, and shipping warehouses do not regulate climates
and are subject to wide temperature fluctuations.
- When taping the box closed, use the “H” pattern. That is, tape along all seams
- Packages containing anything fragile, liquid, perishable or potentially hazardous
should be marked as such. During shipping, boxes labeled ORM-D are segregated from
other packages, and handled only with rubber gloves. If your item is not potentially
hazardous, and the box is marked ORM-D, please remove the ORM-D designation.
- Contrary to what our Grandmothers taught us, do not wrap your box in brown (or any
other color) paper. Do not tie your box with string. These days, all carriers
sort packages by machine. Paper and string can be caught by the machine and be
torn completely off of the package, causing damage to the machine, your package,
or both. Worse yet, the address will be separated from the package and the package
could be lost in the system forever.
- Yreka Mailbox has over 80 different sizes of boxes, and many of them are
multi-depth. Multi-depth boxes are pre-scored so that the box can be cut to fit
your particular item. You may purchase a new box and pack your item yourself, or
you may bring your item into the store to be packaged by our trained professionals.
We are RSI (Retail Shipping Institute) Certified Packers, and are up-to-date on
all new packaging developments thru our membership in the AMPC (Associated Mail
and Parcel Centers).