An important step is the choice of your shipping materials. It depends on your transport means, say, China sea cargo or air cargo, the type of your goods, your budget, etc. There are basically two major forms of packing items for outer packaging, paper or plastic. In general, paper materials are much lighter but easy to be affected with damp, therefore, used cartons should not be used again, as they often already have signs of wear; plastic materials can be light or heavy and the elasticity can be better. The outer packaging should be extremely resilient and especially guarantee a secure protection of corners, surface and edges. Inside the outer package, there usually are hollow spaces to be filled in with padding. The padding is to be chosen based on the types of your goods and their weight and sensitivity.
The sizes of your package materials should also be taken into careful consideration. Boxes come in a vast majority of sizes and shapes, but if you want the items to be protected, it is crucial to use an appropriate size of box. Normally, when you lay your shipments into the box, you should make full use of the space. Before you choose the size of your box, measure the dimensions and weights of your goods accurately and then calculate the best solutions to pack. By the way, since every shipping company has its own criteria, consult your carrier for their limitations for packages. For example, the maximum size for UPS Worldwide Express Freight export shipments varies based on the destination country.
The next step is to seal properly to keep your box intact and secure the inside contents. Don't use masking tape, scotch tape, or any other type of tape. Duct tapes will possible melt in high temperatures and household scotch tape will not hold the box shut. You should try to avoid using it. Box tape that is at least 2 inches wide is highly recommended. Besides, if necessary, use pressure sensitive packing tape, water activated paper tape or water-activated reinforced tape. For ocean freight, no matter the package materials or the seal material should be water-proof.
After you have sealed the boxes, remember to label them one by one. When shipping from China to UK, your carrier may have deliver shipments for many customers. It will also remind all handling personnel to know the type of goods that are inside the package so they will handle them accordingly. After your have finished all the steps, please check carefully whether there is any damage in your package or not.