When importing or exporting goods, proper packaging is essential to ensure that products arrive at their destination in good condition. A reputable freight forwarder such as DocShipper will provide its customers with professional packaging services, including custom packaging options, air freight packaging, sea freight packaging, and LTL freight packaging that meets international standards.

If you decide to do the freight packing yourself, it is important to know and follow international packaging regulations to ensure that your goods are accepted at their destination. It is also necessary to consider the type of transportation used and ensure that the packaging will protect the goods during transit.

Ultimately, whether you decide to do the packing yourself or hire professionals, the key is to ensure that your goods will be properly protected during transit and that they will meet the standards of the destination country.

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Why is packaging so important?

However, a reputable freight forwarder should always offer professional packaging services to ensure that your goods arrive at their destination in the proper condition. While these services may come at an additional cost, it is often worth the investment to avoid having unsalable goods.

On this page, we will explain the importance of freight packaging in the US and provide tips on how to manage it effectively, whether it be through self-management or professional services.

Cargo security

Many importers and exporters try to cut costs on this crucial step, but it is important to remember that professional cargo packaging can protect your goods and ensure they arrive at their destination in good condition. DocShipper offers a range of freight packing services to ensure that your goods are packaged and secured properly.

Avoiding conflicts with insurance

It is crucial to have proper packaging to protect your cargo during transport and to ensure that it meets international standards. This not only ensures the safe delivery of your goods, but also protects you in case of disputes with the insurance company. Without proper packaging, the insurance company may refuse to compensate for damages, breakages, or loss. Investing in professional packaging services may be costly, but it is worth it to avoid potential losses in the long run.

DocShipper Note: Insurers often look for reasons to avoid compensation; the packaging must meet international standards to be considered standard.

Packaging yourself

Packaging – do it yourself!

How to pack by yourself? The step-by-step guide.

Proper packaging is crucial for ensuring the safety of industrial products, particularly those that must meet international safety standards. Hazardous materials, such as chemicals, must be handled by certified organizations for proper packaging to ensure safe transport to the destination.

Personal effects, such as those during a move, also require proper packaging to ensure their safety during transport. It is important to consider when and how to start the packing process and to work with a reliable professional to make the task as easy as possible.

DocShipper Note: It is important to start early, use good quality materials, and be organized to ensure that all items are properly protected and easy to find when unpacking. It is also helpful to label the boxes and make a detailed inventory of the contents for easy tracking and organization during the move. Additionally, hiring professional movers who specialize in packing and moving personal effects can ease the stress and ensure that everything is handled properly.

Getting started and organized


It is important to note that some items, such as fragile or valuable items, may require special packing techniques or materials. It is best to consult with professionals to ensure that your belongings are packaged properly and safely for transport.

The main steps are:

  • Label all boxes with contents and destination room for easy unpacking and organization
  • Mark fragile items for special attention during transport.
  • Make an inventory of all your items before packing them, this will help you keep track of what you have and ensure that nothing is forgotten or lost during the move.
  • Be sure to clearly label all of your boxes with their contents.
  • Be sure to have a plan for fragile items, such as wrapping them in bubble wrap or placing them in special boxes.
  • Make a detailed inventory of your belongings, including serial numbers, and take photos of valuable items for insurance purposes.

Packing efficiently

Allocate one (or more if necessary) dedicated space for packaging. Firstly, because it is much easier to pack and have enough space for several people and the goods in question. In addition, this limits the risk of breakage/damage to the goods or their environment.

Pack strategically and organized. Wrap each item individually (if necessary). Heavy items should be placed in the bottom of the cartons to leave room at the top for light and/or fragile items. If the item is very fragile, then individual packing should be used to ensure smooth transportation.

Finally, don't hesitate to pad the empty spaces with bubble wrap or “newspaper”, you will reduce the risk of breakage during the journey.

DocShipper Tip: During the packing phase, don't forget to notify the nature of the goods on each box/pallet/bag. At DocShipper, we work with color codes to make it easier for everyone to understand, from departure to arrival.


Finish packing in style!

Take care of your packing list. The packing list is a very important document that lists the entire shipment. It is therefore indispensable to fill it out carefully, as it will be used directly by customs during the customs clearance phase. This document, therefore, indicates the nature of the goods, their quantity, and their values (unit and total).

Build up the packing list a little by listing the packed goods as you prepare (especially in the case of a move). This “technique” also allows you to have control over what you have already packed and what remains to be done, on “paper”.

What can DocShipper do for you?

The most important step is to establish your needs. Before taking any steps, our experts establish all the packing requirements that the shipment will need to be transported safely. This report is naturally done in close collaboration with the client, who has the “final word” on the operation (if it complies with international standards).

The organization for D-Day. Once a consensus has been reached between our offer and your expectations, our expert who will follow you from departure to arrival will organize the whole packing: What day? How long? Do you have relatives who can help you to save money?… It is also this flexibility that we offer at DocShipper!

Safety is priceless. Calling on a packaging professional like DocShipper is certainly not giving! But how many people make the mistake of saving on packaging and end up with a destroyed shipment on arrival? We see far too many of them to not alert our customers, but they are free to make their own decision: your decision is ours.

Points not to be neglected during packing

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As mentioned above, the “packing list” is an important element that should not be rushed since it will be directly transmitted to the local customs.

Many customers ask us how to value second-hand goods (especially in the case of removals). This is indeed a delicate question that appeals directly to common sense:

  • If you overvalue the goods: You will pay more taxes when clearing customs, and insurance will also be more expensive.
  • If you undervalue the goods: Customs may raise a doubt, investigate and block the goods at the border until a fine is paid. At your own risk… If you have any doubts, do not hesitate to contact our experts!


From a practical point of view, this is a definite advantage! For you on arrival, for transport professionals so as not to confuse the goods, or finally for customs officers because it supports the veracity of the “packing list”. Labelling is a quick, inexpensive operation that is so beneficial, so don't forget!

The advantages and disadvantages of packing yourself


  • Save money.
  • Sort out what you keep and what you don't.
  • Organizing, you know where items will be stored.
  • No one goes through your stuff.


  • Take more time
  • You forget things that you don't realize need to be packed. 
  • You misjudge what is needed and realize that packing will take more time and resources than you anticipated.
  • The responsibility for any damage is transferred from the professional packers to you when you do the packing yourself. 
  • If your packaging is not up to standard, insurance may not pay you in the event of a dispute.

Why hire a team of professionals for packaging?

Professionals save you time

Packing services can be particularly useful if you need to move quickly. If this is the case, DocShipper can pack your entire inventory in one day, when you might need a week to do it yourself.

In fact, packing comes with specific expertise, and you may not have the knowledge of the amount and type of packing materials to use. Professional packers will use appropriate packing supplies for each item. For example, we will use padded packaging for fragile items and special boxes for small parts.

You become eligible for insurance

Most packing companies offer insurance for your cargo. Indeed, in packaging services, the risk of breakage is extremely low, but even if unfortunately, one or more of your products are damaged, the company must pay to compensate you.

Safety first

Nothing will better protect your belongings than a professional packaging team. This ensures you won't be late for your flight. Furthermore, if your belongings are damaged during delivery, the insurance company will always refuse to reimburse you if the transportation packaging was not done by professionals.

At DocShipper, we make sure that your shipment is covered for international shipping. When providing pre-departure packaging services, we know that the risk of breakage or damage is extremely low. However, if one or more items are damaged, DocShipper Care is there to ensure decent compensation, making sure you don't lose any money.

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