5 Tips for Safely Shipping Automotive Parts

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When storing and shipping automotive parts, it's important to take the necessary steps to ensure that the parts arrive at their destination undamaged. Since automotive parts come in various shapes, sizes, and weights it's extremely important to consider the type of packaging used to protect the products during transportation. Here are some tips for how to safely ship automotive parts.

1. Choose the Right Packaging Material

Not every automotive part can be shipped in the same type of packaging. Commonly used materials are corrugated boxes, plastic containers, foam inserts, wooden crates, pallets, mailers, and protective wrapping materials. The choice of material will depend on the type of part being shipped, taking into account its shape, weight, and fragility. 

If you are using corrugated boxes you need to add extra protection when shipping any metal parts in boxes. Due to leftover acidic residue from the box manufacturing process, placing any metal directly on or near the corrugate can cause corrosion. This can be easily prevented by adding a layer of VCI paper or sheeting to be interleaved between the metal part and box. Always make sure you are using the right sized box for the weight of your products.

In some cases, a custom packaging solution may be the best option when shipping large items, speciality parts, or delicate items. Our engineers can help create a solution that offers ultimate protection from shipment hazards while still being cost efficient. 

2. Use VCI Packaging for Metal Parts

For metal parts, it's important to use VCI (volatile corrosion inhibitor) packaging to protect against rust and corrosion. VCI works by releasing special molecules that form a protective barrier around metal parts, preventing moisture and oxygen from reaching the surface of the metal and causing corrosion. Various types of VCI packaging is available such as paper rolls, paper sheets, poly bags (flat, gusset, and zipper), and poly sheeting.

There are also VCI emitters and diffusers available in capsule, tablet, pack, powder, strip, and pad form. These are used in situations when in challenging corrosion situations such as overseas shipping, shipping very large packages, or if there are dividers in a container and the VCI molecules are blocked from reaching the metals.

3. Wrap Parts Individually

To protect individual automotive parts during transportation, they should be wrapped individually in protective wrapping materials. This helps to prevent scratches, scuffs, dents, rust, and other types of damage that can occur during shipping. Always make sure parts are dry and drained of fluid before packing.

4. Package Parts Securely

Once the parts are wrapped, they should be placed securely in their packaging to prevent movement during transportation. Foam inserts or custom cutouts can be used to hold parts in place and prevent them from shifting during shipment. Make sure to fill all voids around a packaged part with adequate dunnage and ensure the package is completely sealed. If you're sealing a corrugated container, water-activated tape (WAT) offers a superior, tamper-evident seal for extra protection of your packages.

5. Label Packages with Clear Instructions

The exterior of each package should be clearly labeled with information such as the recipient's address and any special handling instructions. This helps to ensure that the package is delivered to the correct location and handled safetly during transportation. You should also visibily designate a package as heavy if it's over 70 pounds. 

Some automotive parts such as batteries, eingines, and fuel tanks may be considered hazardous shipments. Make sure to talk to your shipping provider about special shipping guidelines and to label these packages appropiately. 

Automotive Parts Packaging from Rocket Industrial

Whatever type of automotive part you are shipping, we offer stock and custom packaging solutions to assure your product arrives safely at its destination. Our team of packaging specialists and engineers can help solve your toughest automotive packaging challenges. Contact us to talk with a specialist.