Packing Methods

Packing Basics

To ensure that parcels are delivered safely, please use the appropriate packing materials depending on the parcel (e.g. characteristics, weight, size).

Selecting Packing Materials

To prevent damage to parcels, please pack parcels using materials such as cardboard.

Please use a durable cardboard box

Please select a cardboard box which has sufficient strength for packing. Do not reuse boxes or use damp boxes.

The following packing materials cannot be used when sending parcels overseas.
Paper bag, Plastic bag, Styrofoam, Wood frame, Bag/suitcase

Yamato Transport can also bring packing materials at the time of pickup.

Important Information on Packing

How to assemble cardboard boxes

When assembling cardboard boxes, affix masking tape as needed in order to prevent the bottom of the box from falling apart.

Affix in a cross shape

This is a method which strengthens cardboard boxes with the affixing of masking tape in a cross shape. This reinforces the center area which is exposed to the greatest amount of pressure and allows cardboard boxes to withstand most parcel items.

Affix in an H shape

This is a method in which masking tape is affixed to the sides and across the center of the box. This strengthens the cardboard box and helps prevent damage.

Put heavy items in small boxes

Parcels which are too heavy for one person to carry may not be accepted. As there is also the danger of cardboard boxes breaking, please avoid overfilling boxes and put heavy items into separate boxes.

Put heavy items on the bottom and lightweight items on the top

When putting several items into a single cardboard box, start by putting heavy items on the bottom first to prevent damage.

Do not leave any gaps inside cardboard boxes

If there are gaps inside the cardboard box, items may bumped into each other during shipping. Please use newspapers, bubble wrap and towels to secure items and prevent them from moving around.

Do not join parcels together

Please do not use masking tape or rope to join two or more parcels together. This is very dangerous and can lead to parcels becoming damaged or separated during shipping.

Use the box-in-box packing method when sending overseas

When sending parcels overseas, depending on the vendor in charge of shipping in the destination country, it may not be possible to use "Fragile, " "This Side Up" or "Do Not Stack" shipping labels. When sending fragile goods, use the box-in-box packing method to prevent damages to parcels.

Prepare 2 cardboard boxes (1 larger than the other)

Prepare 2 cardboard boxes (1 larger than the other). Use the smaller box as the inner box and the larger box as the outer box. Ideally, the inner box and outer box should fit together tightly.

Pack parcel contents into the inner (smaller) box

Pack the parcel contents into the smaller (inner) box securely. Use cushioning material to fill in any gaps inside the box.

Pack the inner (smaller) box into the outer (larger) box

Put the inner (smaller) box into the outer (larger) box. Use cushioning materials to fill in any gaps and position the inner (smaller) box in the center of the outer (larger) box.

Packing Techniques by Type of Parcel

Please feel free to contact a Yamato Transport Sales Office for any inquiries regarding packing.

How to Send a Parcel