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Types of Packaging Materials and Their Uses

January 15, 2024

If you have always thought packaging materials were just boxes, read this because we will show you the light.

In this article, we will show you the various types of packaging materials and their functions; it is already up on our socials; if you have seen it, you are an OG on Terminal Africa.

Without further ado, let’s get right into why we are here.

There are two categories of packaging materials: external & internal packages.

External Packaging

They refer to items such as boxes or flyers, and serve as a shield for shipped items, protecting them against potential loss or damage during transit.

External packaging materials include:

  • Bubble mailers are used for shipping small, fragile items like cosmetics and jewelry
  • Poly mailers/flyers are used for sending small, non-fragile items
  • Boxes are used for sending bulky, delicate, and food items

Internal packages

They refer to the materials placed inside your shipment to protect and secure your items throughout the shipping process.

Internal packaging materials include:

  • Packaging peanuts are used to fill up space in a box & prevent your items from moving around
  • Bubble wraps are used for protecting fragile items when shipping
  • Shredded Papers are used to protect fragile items when shipping
  • Vacuum seals are used for packaging food items to ensure it is airtight & avoid contamination

It is not news that we sell packaging material at Terminal Africa, you can purchase on our mobile app, or visit our store on Paystack.

Learn more about how to properly package various items for shipping by watching this video