Guide

How to label and package goods being shipped out of the UK

Introduction

One of the main tasks facing any international trader is to make sure that goods reach their buyers and their final consumers in perfect condition. The key is to get your export packaging and labelling right, whether moving your goods within the EU or to other countries. There is a huge range of packaging options you can use - from cartons and drums to wooden pallets and metal containers. As well as making sure your goods are securely packaged, you also have to check that they're appropriately marked or labelled to ensure they're handled properly while in transit.

This guide outlines the differences between export packaging and sales or retail packaging. It provides an overview of the factors you should consider when deciding how to package your goods and tells you where to start your search for packaging suppliers.

Find out more about moving your goods in our section on transporting your goods.