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Shipping fragile items from Japan

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Shipping fragile items from Japan

Some people may want to ship fragile items and wonder whether there is a special service for handling fragile items when shipping from Japan.

Is there a special service for shipping fragile items from Japan?

When something is shipped internationally as freight or via post, it goes through several facilities and organizations, and one has no control over how the packages are handled. There are no services for shipping fragile items with special care—i.e., services for handling fragile items do not exist in the shipping industry.

Therefore, it is important to pack your items well so that they will be protected.

Every day, many extremely delicate items are transported worldwide. Examples include computer parts, semiconductors, testing machines for semiconductors, optical equipment, machine parts, porcelain, medical equipment, and musical instruments such as violins, cellos, and pianos. In fact, because Japan exports many high-tech goods, it is no exaggeration to say that many shipments exported from Japan are fragile or highly delicate.

What do the exporters of such delicate goods do when they export their products while shipping overseas from Japan? The answer is that they take care to pack the goods. Often, many such goods are packed in wooden crates.

In general, crating is required for large items—such as pieces of furniture—for which clients cannot find suitable cardboard boxes. One can request crating or palletizing for fragile or delicate items to increase safety as well.

However, because crating or palletizing can be expensive and considerably increase the volume, some people want to pack the items themselves to save costs.

When shipping delicate items, the following method is recommended.

All fragile items must be wrapped in shock-absorbing materials ideally the thickness of 6 cm. Put shock-absorbing materials on the bottom and top of the box containing fragile items. (Ideally about 6 cm each also.)

Use soft materials such as bubble wrap clothing and linen to pack around any fragile items and to fill any spaces.
When sending glassware/porcelain etc. we recommend what we call “double-packaging” or “double boxing” , if you think this would be possible-that is, you put them in boxes with fillers first and then put the entire box into another larger box. There should be some fillers in the larger box as well. ‘Fillers” refer to shock-absorbing material such as plastic chips and bubble wrap and also common objects such as clothing.

These are only suggestions and its does not mean that there will no possibility of damage if packed this way.

  • You must ensure that any sharp objects are packed away from all edges/sides. Should they puncture the side of a carton, handling staff could risk injury and your effects could be damaged.
  • We would generally not recommend the shipment of fluids such as wines, spirits and the like. Firstly, you will generally have to pay duty and taxes at destination and secondly, if in the unlikely event that your box is dropped, the item could leak and spoil the rest of your belongings.
  • If shipping a framed picture/painting, put some adhesive tapes on the surface of the glass (some tape which can come off easily later on) so that the glass will stay even if they get broken or cracked. It may be good to put some paper etc. between the picture/painting and the glass so that the broken glass would not damage the picture/painting in case the glass is broken.
  • Use cardboard boxes sturdy enough. Boxes will be piled and the boxes must be sturdy enough to hold the weight of the boxes piled on them.  Used cardboard boxes should not be used

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