How to ship electronics and electronic equipment

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Shipping electronics - what you need to know

When shipping electronic equipment using less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping, it is essential to package it in such a way that will protect your shipment from being damaged along the way. LTL shipping often involves a number of different touch points along the path to your freight’s final destination. Trucks may stop at multiple transit hubs where cargo is unloaded and then loaded onto other trucks, which can increase the possibility that it may be damaged.

How to package electronics

Because electronic equipment can often be fragile, bulk boxes with double- or triple-thick corrugated cardboard walls may be a good option. In part, this is because the boxes are designed to fit on a pallet. Putting your cargo on a pallet and securing it well enables your carrier to easily load and unload your freight, reducing the risk of it getting dropped when it is moved from one place to another.

Inside the box, make sure every individual item is securely wrapped in bubble wrap or packing foam. If possible, separate the components of the equipment and wrap them individually. This is particularly important with any batteries that may be a part of the equipment.

Larger electronics should be packaged in a crate, if possible. Crates should also be placed and secured onto a pallet. Even though crates are much sturdier than boxes, it is still important to use packing material to prevent your items from moving around inside during transit.

Insuring your shipment

Because electronic equipment can often be expensive, it is especially important that you purchase insurance for this freight. Carrier liability can be difficult both to claim and collect. It also frequently does not cover the entire value of a shipment. If you book your shipment with Koho, you’ll be able to easily take advantage of the best-in-class shipping insurance offered by Expeditors International, Koho’s parent company. Any claim you need to file will be settled in short order and can cover more than the whole value of your freight.

Regardless of whether you decide to purchase cargo insurance, it is always a good idea to take photos of the contents of your shipment before it’s picked up by your carrier in order to have evidence of its condition, should you need to file either a liability or an insurance claim.

While shipping electronics can be more stressful than other, less fragile items, as long as you take the proper precautions, you have nothing to worry about.

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Shipping electronics - what you need to know

When shipping electronic equipment using less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping, it is essential to package it in such a way that will protect your shipment from being damaged along the way. LTL shipping often involves a number of different touch points along the path to your freight’s final destination. Trucks may stop at multiple transit hubs where cargo is unloaded and then loaded onto other trucks, which can increase the possibility that it may be damaged.

How to package electronics

Because electronic equipment can often be fragile, bulk boxes with double- or triple-thick corrugated cardboard walls may be a good option. In part, this is because the boxes are designed to fit on a pallet. Putting your cargo on a pallet and securing it well enables your carrier to easily load and unload your freight, reducing the risk of it getting dropped when it is moved from one place to another.

Inside the box, make sure every individual item is securely wrapped in bubble wrap or packing foam. If possible, separate the components of the equipment and wrap them individually. This is particularly important with any batteries that may be a part of the equipment.

Larger electronics should be packaged in a crate, if possible. Crates should also be placed and secured onto a pallet. Even though crates are much sturdier than boxes, it is still important to use packing material to prevent your items from moving around inside during transit.

Insuring your shipment

Because electronic equipment can often be expensive, it is especially important that you purchase insurance for this freight. Carrier liability can be difficult both to claim and collect. It also frequently does not cover the entire value of a shipment. If you book your shipment with Koho, you’ll be able to easily take advantage of the best-in-class shipping insurance offered by Expeditors International, Koho’s parent company. Any claim you need to file will be settled in short order and can cover more than the whole value of your freight.

Regardless of whether you decide to purchase cargo insurance, it is always a good idea to take photos of the contents of your shipment before it’s picked up by your carrier in order to have evidence of its condition, should you need to file either a liability or an insurance claim.

While shipping electronics can be more stressful than other, less fragile items, as long as you take the proper precautions, you have nothing to worry about.

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