Packaging, Packing, and Export Packing: Understanding the Differences

In the world of trade and logistics, terminology can sometimes be confusing, especially when it comes to terms like packaging, packing, and export packing. While these terms are often used interchangeably, they actually refer to individual processes with specific purposes.

Packaging is the physical material used for and in containers to protect, identify and aid transport loading and handling convenience. Some packaging materials need to adhere to international regulations, such as packaging used for shipping hazardous goods.

Packing, meanwhile, focuses on placing goods into these containers, ensuring they are secure and well protected for transportation or storage. Effective packing requires attention to detail, and adherence to best practices to ensure that products arrive at their destination intact and undamaged.

Export packing specifically refers to the packaging and packing processes tailored for international shipments. When goods are transported across borders, they are exposed to longer transit times, multiple handling stages, and varying environmental conditions. Export packing addresses these challenges by providing enhanced protection and security for products during long distance transportation, while adhering to international shipping regulations and customs requirements, including documentation, labelling, and packaging standards such as ISPM15 regulations.

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