Helpful Shipping Tips

Packaging Tips:

  • Select a box that is strong enough to protect the contents.
  • Leave space for cushioning inside the carton.
  • Cushion package contents with shredded or rolled newspaper, bubble wrap or Styrofoam peanuts. Plain air-popped popcorn is also good for cushioning; it's inexpensive and environmentally friendly. Pack tightly to avoid shifting.
  • Always use tape that is designed for shipping, such as pressure-sensitive tape, nylon-reinforced craft paper tape or glass-reinforced pressure-sensitive tape. Tape should be at least 2 inches wide.
  • Do not using wrapping paper, string, masking tape, or cellophane tape.
  • Put the delivery and return address on one side only of the package.
  • Suggestion: Place an address label inside the package.
  • Stuff glass and fragile hollow items, like vases, with newspaper or packing material to avoid damage due to shock. When mailing framed photographs, take the glass out of the frame and wrap it separately.
  • Remove batteries from toys. Wrap and place them next to the toys in the mailing box.
  • Items weighing more than 13 ounces must be presented for mailing to an employee at the Post Office retail service counter.

Military Addressing Tips:

  • Use the service member's full name (with or without rank or rating), military organization or unit and APO/FPO address.
  • Do not include the country name in any part of the address.

International Addressing Tips:

  • Place the city or town name and the province or state on the next line after the street address information.
  • Put foreign postal codes, if known, in front of the city or town name and on the same line.
  • Write the name of the foreign country in capital letters on the last line of the address.

Shipping Tips

Adequate insurance coverage is a necessity! Many of the packages sent from the college contain merchandise being returned to a vendor or items of a time-sensitive nature. All FedEx shipments are automatically insured for up to $100. If your package exceeds that value, please request additional insurance. Additional insurance is very reasonably priced at approximately 40 cents per each additional $100 of insurance. In the event of loss or damage, you will be required to present proper documentation of value.

Did you know that many common materials can become hazardous when placed in the cargo compartment of an airplane? It is the mailer's responsibility to properly package and label these shipments, and to assure compliance with quantity limitations, etc. If you are shipping anything that could be potentially hazardous, please let us know in advance. If you are unsure whether or not an item is hazardous, we can research the DOT shipping requirements and help you select the most appropriate means of transportation.