Why Do You Need Tall Shipping Boxes?

Mar 12

Some customers may need to ship items that have very long height measurements, relative to base dimensions.

Common examples include fishing rods, golf clubs, maps, posters, carpet rolls, telescopes, musical instruments, etc.

In such cases, tall shipping boxes will be required to provide adequate containment for these types of items.

Shown here is a typical model, which illustrates some key features that you should be looking for.

This box has a RSC (regular slotted carton) design to it. We highly recommend using this design as it is the easiest to setup. It’s a single piece of folded cardboard, with both ends secured together by adhesives / staples. Slits are cut along the corners to create flaps, which form the bottom and top walls. So it will ship flat to you almost fully assembled. To put it together, all that is needed is to unfold it and line the walls up at ninety degree angles. Then put the flaps together and secure it with tape.

When shipping really tall items, long shipping boxes with flaps on the shorter side are generally preferred over cartons that have their flaps on the longer side. We make this recommendation for two reasons.

First, since the flaps are shorter, it takes less time and less materials to seal them. Second, this configuration allows for greater structural integrity across the long side of the box, as there are no cuts or slits that will compromise its strength. That way, as the package is being handled there is less chance of the contents breaking through the seams and seals by its shear weight. Third, if the parcel is laid flat under other packages, the solid cardboard walls will resist the weight bearing down on it.

Most tall shipping boxes will be made out of corrugated cardboard. That is, they will have wavy, or fluted, middle layers (usually one fluted layer in standard models) sandwhich in between alternating layers of flat, solid surfaced cardboard paper. This type of configuration allows the walls of the box to resist tearing, punctures, and crumpling. The size of these flutes will vary in size based on the different types of corrugations ranging from A through F, where A would be the smallest and F would be the largest. While A type will offer the best stacking strength, F type will provide superior cushioning. Perhaps the best type of flute to use in tall shipping boxes is C, as it provides the best combination of cushion and rigidity, so the box will hold up well against all sorts of abuse. If the box falls, or is dropped, or struck by another object while in freight, the cardboard will do a good job at absorbing impact thus protecting the items inside the box. Furthermore, you can stack a great deal of weight on the box, whether you lay it flat or upright.

There is a wide selection of sizes available. Below we’ve provided a quick reference guide that shows the sizes in which these boxes are typically available, as well as general pricing. Sizes are listed by base dimensions, then height range. Prices shown are based on a bundle of 25 units, as the majority of merchants will require a minimum order quantity of 25 units per order. In general, the bigger the postage box the higher the price.

Base Available Height Price Per Box
4 x 4 inches 12 – 74 inches $.55 – $2.25
5 x 5 inches 10 – 60 inches $.50 – $2.20
6 x 6 inches 12 – 72 inches $.45 – $3.25
8 x 8 inches 17 – 60 inches $.85 – $3.00
9 x 9 inches 18 – 30 inches $1.05 – $1.45
10 x 10 inches 24 – 60 inches $1.30 – $3.60
12 x 12 inches 24 – 72 inches $1.55 – $4.60
14 x 14 inches 30 – 48 inches $2.10 – $2.95
15 x 15 inches 24 – 48 inches $2.10 – $3.20
16 x 16 inches 36 – 48 inches $3.20 – $3.75
18 x 18 inches 28 – 36 inches $2.70 – $3.60
20 x 20 inches 48 inches $4.55
24 x 24 inches 48 inches $5.85


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