Six Steps to Safe Shipment

By Paul Marcon

Shipping fragile items safely always presents a challenge. However, care and attention to a few important details can prevent unnecessary damage. The following information will guide you through the packaging process and provide a few pointers that can make a big difference. While this will substantially improve your prospects for safe shipment, exceptional challenges may still arise. Should you require additional assistance with your packaging problems, please contact CCI; we will be happy to provide further information and resources as well as detailed consultation and design services.

When shipping a museum object, the packaging will need to protect the object from the following hazards:

  • shock and vibration
  • punctures, dents, abrasion, grime, and distortion
  • compressive forces (those acting on packages during shipment and in storage)
  • environmental hazards (temperature and relative humidity (RH), water, pests, and pollutants)

The following steps provide a practical approach to packing fragile items:

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