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How to Pack

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What to do

  • Choose the size of your package according to the contents.
  • Use heavy duty corrugated cardboard boxes with good quality overliners, double wall corrugated cardboard for valuable objects, and heavy duty adhesive tape.
  • Place fragile objects in the center of the package. Your objects should be well cushioned from all sides.
  • Make sure all liquids are stored in leak proof containers, wrapped in lightweight and resistant material such as foam, and sealed in plastic bags.
  • Seal semi-liquid, greasy or strong smelling substances with adhesive tape. Then wrap the container in grease proof paper.
  • Place powders and fine grains in sealed heavy duty plastic bags, packed inside a rigid fiber box.
  • Use triangular tubes, not round cylindrical tubes commonly used to pack plans, maps and rolled diagrams.
  • Pack small objects in envelopes and protect your data disks, audio tapes and videos with cushioning material.
  • Include the complete delivery address inside the package, so it can be identified at any time in case it is misplaced.
  • If you are reusing a box, remove all labels and markings. Make sure the box is in good shape and undamaged.
  • Make a list of the merchandise you are packing, include the location, and number the packages.
  • Contact the delivery company to find out the allowable weight and dimensions for shipments. Restrictions may apply.
  • Use heavy duty adhesive tape to seal your packages. OMA offers banding services.
  • Use arrows to indicate “this side up” for non-solid materials.

What not to do

  • Do not use fabric bags or other porous material.
  • Do not overseal. Remember that all shipments may be opened for inspection by customs agents.
  • Do not use cellophanes tape or string to seal your shipment.
  • Do not consider "Handle with care" or "Fragile" stickers as a substitute for careful packaging. These are appropriate for information purposes only.

If you are exporting to Canada or the United States

  • U.S. rules require, among other things, that the merchandise be sent on certified pallets, and merchandise must be banded to the pallet.
  • We also recommend that the entire pallet be shrink-wrapped to protect it from the weather, since loading and unloading from the aircraft is done outside and it may be raining.
  • OMA Carga has certified pallets and the services necessary to band and plastic wrap your cargo.

Shipping furniture or personal objects when moving abroad. (Importing to Mexico)

  • It is advisable to approach your local Mexican consulate before leaving your country of residence to apply for a household inventory.
  • The household inventory is a list of the goods that will be shipped to Mexico, specifying the time spent in the foreign country, explaining that the goods to be sent are personal objects that are being imported by the family. This document is sealed and shown when arriving to the Mexican Border or Customs office.
  • It is not necessary to apply for a household inventory when the goods that will be imported are under the allowed tourist import quota. That is to say, what they can carry with them when traveling without paying taxes, corresponding to personal objects.
  • If you don't use a household inventory and you send personal objects within the tourist import quota, you must keep your plane ticket or entry form for three months before or after the date of arrival for the goods. This is done to prove that you have traveled and the goods correspond to that trip.

*Please remember that OMA Carga doesn't accept responsibility for the packing recommendations. The client is responsible for guaranteeing that the package is up to the courier and delivery company standards.