Shipping Marks for Export Cartons

“Shipping Marks” are used by exporters such as ODM who send products in Carton Boxes to their clients.   When the boxes are received by the final clients they are frequently put into warehouses & mixed with other shipments.   Having Accurate shipping marks on your cartons is key for stocking your products and finding them later.

shipping marks on cartons

“Shipping marks” designate what is written on the export cartons.   These marks should be given at the same time you place an order to a factory so that the carton boxes can be printed early and the goods can be packed as they roll off the production line.

Usually, the importer specifies what the supplier should write. Of course, the information to be put in the Shipping marks can vary from time to time but generally the key points to remember are :

  • Purchaser’s name and/or logo;
  • Product reference and/or order number;
  • Country of destination (for example, a forwarder might have to distinguish some cartons for Canada and others for the US);
  • Other relevant information about the products: season, size, color, or breakdown of the different types of goods inside a particular carton;
  • Net weight & gross weight of carton;
  • Dimensions of the carton;
  • Number of carton (example: 1/230; 2/230; 3/230…);  Individual numbers written in marker

Often, the most important information (SKU and/or barcode) are on the short side of the carton, since it is still visible after the cartons are stacked up. And lesser important information is placed on the long side.

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