Choosing the right packaging for your international shipments can be a daunting task. Whether you’re considering air freight, sea freight, or using an international courier, the safety and security of your shipment is paramount. The type of packaging you select will have a direct impact on this — but what are your options?

Let’s explore the types of packaging available so you can select the best materials and constructions for your freight.

Exterior packaging options

Regardless of your shipment method — air freight, sea freight, or courier service — your first consideration should be your exterior packaging. This is your first defence against potential impact and contaminants. It also reflects your brand’s image and professionalism — you want your goods to arrive to the customer in great condition.

Your main options are boxes, bags, and padded envelopes. Which packaging option is right for you?

Cardboard boxes

Available in a variety of strengths including folding cartons, rigid, single, double wall, and tri-wall, cardboard boxes offer robust protection. These are ideal for most shipments, particularly when paired with suitable internal packaging.

Plastic bags

Lightweight and cost-effective, plastic bags are ideal for non-fragile items. However, for valuable or breakable items, a sturdier exterior is advisable.

Padded envelopes

Are you shipping small, delicate items? Padded envelopes are lightweight and protective, with built-in cushioning. Their compact design saves space, making them cost-effective for international shipping, while the external layer provides a degree of moisture resistance.

Protective void fill packaging

If padded envelopes aren’t suitable, you can protect your goods with fill packaging. These fill any gaps in your boxes or bags to cushion your shipments. You have a few options:

  1. Packing peanuts: Lightweight and versatile, packing peanuts fill the voids in boxes, ensuring items remain stationary during transit.
  2. Bubble wrap: A popular choice, bubble wrap provides a cushioning layer around items, protecting against impacts.
  3. Dunnage and packaging inserts: For items with unique shapes or packaging requirements, you could benefit from custom dunnage and packaging inserts can be sourced. Often, you can find recyclable options, ideal for boosting your eco credentials.

Do you need refrigerated storage?

Some items, particularly perishable goods, require refrigeration throughout their journey. If your shipment falls into this category, it’s vital to seek refrigerated pallet storage to keep your goods fresh and safe. Some options include:

1. Refrigerated shipping containers (Reefers)

These are specialised shipping containers that have built-in refrigeration units. They can maintain a set temperature for the entire journey, regardless of the outside environment. They’re ideal for sea freight and other journeys with a long transit time.

2. Refrigerated air cargo

For shorter transit times by air, refrigerated air cargo is best. This packaging ensures your perishable goods remain at the required temperature while in the air and during transit on the tarmac.

3. Refrigerated trucks and trailers

Are you transporting goods by road? Rather than looking at specific packaging to keep your perishable goods fresh, you can opt for refrigerated trucks and trailers. These are perfect for short to medium distances, last-mile delivery, or connecting between ports and warehouses.


Pallets are an essential component of most international logistics operations, both for use in transit and when storing goods in a warehouse. But did you know there are several materials to choose from?

1. Wooden and plywood pallets

Versatile and robust, these can be custom-designed, two-way or four-way, open or closed, winged, or reversible.

2. Metal pallets

These are ideal for air or sea freight, sea storage, or long-term outdoor storage and are particularly useful for those in the food and catering industries as they’re easy to clean and sanitise.

3. Plastic pallets

Durable, non-slip, and with high loading capacities, plastic pallets are another popular choice, offering stability and longevity.

Why choose AMCO for your packaging needs?

Whether by air freight, sea freight, or using an international courier, partnering with experts like AMCO guarantees peace of mind.

We understand that every shipment is unique — that’s why we offer bespoke solutions tailored to your needs. Not only do we supply a comprehensive range of packaging materials, but we also provide recycling services for existing packaging, repair, and rework options, as well as a strip-down and repack service.

Our commitment to sustainability and excellence ensures your goods are packaged with the utmost care, using the best materials for the job.

Get in touch today to discuss your packaging, warehousing, and logistics needs. We’re here to guide, advise, and provide the best in packaging solutions, ensuring your shipment arrives in perfect condition.