Not every package you want to ship fits into a standard-sized box.
Customers are always asking Busfreighter.com how big of a package can we ship. It’s one of the most common questions we answer, truth be told. The size limit for an item shipped by our partners at Greyhound Package Express (GPX) is 29-inches by 47-inches by 82-inches, roughly 2.5 ft x 4 ft x 6.5 ft. The weight limit on a single package is 100 pounds.
What could you ship that fits into those parameters? Surfboards, posts for a soccer goal, the fender for a car, a rolled-up midsize rug, tires, a bunch of hockey sticks, a few six-foot sections of threaded rod … the list is only limited to our size requirements, of course.
If you have an oddly-shaped something to ship, you may find that it won’t fit into any standard box, let alone a box that meets our size limitations. Fortunately, most shipping services (Busfreighter.com included) allow you to ship items without boxing them - in the usual sense. Ensure safe passage for your odd-shaped shipment with this advice.
Protect Your Shipment
If you have an item you can’t box, chances are you can still offer it some protection. Use packing tape, bubble wrap and/or corrugated cardboard and wrap it up tightly. Wind the bubble wrap around the item, tape it down securely, then tape some corrugated cardboard around it where you can. Why use corrugated material? It offers more cushion, i.e., protection. Consider adding shrink wrap around the bubble-wrap-corrugated-carboard layers for an extra secure pack. Even if you can’t cover all of the item, make sure sharp or pointy edges have cardboard coverage to protect both the item and its handlers.
If you manage to find or build a box that works for your item (statues are often shipped in custom-built crates, for instance), be sure to pack around it tightly with an abundance of wadded up newspaper, packing peanuts, disposable air cushions, etc. The less movement the item can make in the box or crate, the better for the item.
Bonus tip - If you decide to place an item such as a rug in a plastic bag, make sure the plastic has a minimum of 6mm thickness, for maximum protection.
Get Creative with Labeling
Shipping labels are typically affixed to the top of a box. If you don’t have a box top, where does the label go? Find a flat spot on the shipping wrap or tape (or a few of them), affix your easy-to-read label there and cover all of them with more clear shipping tape to make sure it stays put. Don’t rely on a tag hanging by a string from the end of the item – the odds are too good that the tag will get caught on something in transit and disappear.
Busfreighter.com – Still the Best Kept Secret in Shipping
The more you ship, the more you save! Together, Busfreighter.com and GPX have nearly 30 years combined experience facilitating package shipments via a nationwide bus network. Our service is a great way to ship multiple boxes across the country while keeping within your budget. Whether you are relocating to a new city or shipping purchases to Etsy or Ebay customers, Busfreighter.com is an economical way to send packages long distance. Visit www.Busfreighter.com, fill the Instant Quote & Ordering form, buy moving supplies direct from the factory and save.