3 ways to make sure your gifts arrive safe and sound

by | Feb 21, 2024 | Finance and Business

As much as we love to gather with friends and family for holidays and other big life events, sometimes distance makes in-person meetings impossible. If you are sending packages out of town or out of the country, here are three ways to make sure they arrive as expected.

  1. Pack carefully
    Your local post office or stationary store has all the supplies you need to pack your gifts properly, from padded envelopes to packing pellets. If you’re shipping anything that contains liquids or gels, make sure they’re packed in a sealed bag – maybe double-up for extra security.

    If you’re planning to send a fragile or valuable item, consider shipping with a specialty courier that can give it extra consideration and care.

  1. Pay for tracking
    If the item you’re sending has significant monetary value, consider paying for shipping that includes a tracking number. That way, you can see how it’s progressing step-by-step. You can also arrange to get a notification when the package has been delivered. These services usually include insurance based on the declared value of the item in case something does go missing.
  2. Label dangerous goods correctly
    In addition to the shipping and return addresses, and correct postage, there’s one more important piece of information you might need. Under federal government regulations, anything classed as a dangerous good, which includes aerosol sprays, perfumes, cleaning supplies and products with a lithium battery, must be clearly and properly labelled on the outside of the package.

Learn more about labelling requirements at tc.canada.ca/en/dangerous-goods

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