How to ship CNC parts: 7 Steps


Do you know how to ship CNC parts safely?

Or do you encounter a large number of damages to goods in transit?

We may rely on courier companies to handle packages marked fragile with care but ultimately it is up to us to ensure that they get packed in a way that protects them from the knocks and bangs they will experience whilst in transit.

Not taking the time to pack things properly can result in damaged goods and also in more costly delays. When time is of the essence this is the last thing you need.

DNC has in excess of 20 years experience of shipping to their customers worldwide via various methods. In order to give you some tips on how to best ship your CNC parts, we have put together the below guide.

How to Ship CNC Parts: 7 Steps

  1. For smaller CNC parts such as drives and controls choose an adequate box and wrap your part in bubble wrap. (Don’t use polystyrene “packing peanuts” or other types of loose-fill packaging as they create static electricity and won’t keep your device from sliding around.) The tighter the better so use the right size box for the size. Use a new or a decent quality box. Either a single ( Light and Small), a dual (Medium size 45*45*40) or tri-ply corrugated design ( Large and Heavy, 60*50*30 for 30kg+).  The latter is more suitable for delicate amplifiers with open frames.   Seal the box with tape using the H method. Always use a tape designed for the packing ensure the box will remain closed.
  2. Place the box with the part inside a larger box adding filler such as packing peanuts or bubble wrap. This is to ensure that the box with the part in doesn’t move. If shipping a heavy item use bubble wrap rather than peanuts. Seal the box with tape. Note: Big spindle motors are best shipped via pallet only.
  3. Ensure that you tape up the bottom of the box as you don’t want your item falling out the bottom!
  4. If the box requires opening a specific way up, ensure that this gets marked on the box.
  5. For fragile items mark ‘fragile’ on the box.
  6. Make sure you have included all the necessary paperwork, for both shipping purposes and for us. Unfortunately, neither ourselves or the couriers have yet mastered the art of mind reading so this will prevent any untimely delays.
  7. Lastly, always make sure you have adequate insurance and that you insure your goods for the full replacement value (or for the exchange credit). Just remember if an item isn’t packaged properly, the courier will be within their rights to refuse any claim.
Shipping instructions from non common couriers

TNT description of effective packaging.

DPD Packing instructions.

DHL Packing Guide