UN Certified Packaging

A various assortment of packages can be classified as dangerous, hazardous, or high-risk, and thus require a special type of corrugated box. Whether the shipment contains paint, solvents, or explosives and fuming acids, they are required to be shipped in UN Certified corrugated boxes. The United Nations Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods is responsible for issuing these unique boxes. From Miami to London to Taiwan, they provide the basis of all national and international regulations for the safe transport of dangerous goods.

In order for a package to become “UN Certified,” it must pass rigorous testing procedures to ensure it can withstand normal transportation conditions. First, all packages need to pass a drop test. The UN places each corrugated box into a danger group (high, medium, or low), which then determines its drop height. All packaging (except bags) is tested to see if similar boxes of identical weight can be stacked on top without causing damage. Liquid packages also undergo leak proof and hydrostatic testing. The purpose of the hydrostatic test is to ensure that no leakage of liquid occurs due to vapor pressure build-up at various temperatures. Because certain chemicals can emit a vapor that increases as the temperature changes, shipments must be built to withstand the internal pressure that is created.

corrugated boxes miamiAfter packages pass these tests, they are assigned a UN stamp and number and are officially certified. These codes are highly detailed and contain the:

  1. Type of container
  2. Material of construction
  3. Category within the type
  4. Packaging group for which container was tested
  5. Density or specific gravity of material packed (or mass gross weight for solids)
  6. Hydraulic pressure in kilo-Pascal (or gross mass for solids)
  7. Current year
  8. Country where container was manufactured
  9. Code for manufacturing plant


So what do these boxes look like? They are usually heavy-duty corrugated boxes specific for batteries, glass, metal, plastic, electronics, and other solid hazardous materials. Some UN certified packages come with a honeycomb insert and a liner bag for added protection. If you are shipping absorbent materials, vermiculite is required. (This is a natural packing mineral that is known for its high absorbency and expands when exposed to heat.)

If you need access to these reliable UN certified boxes in Miami, look no further than TOTALPACK. We can order any corrugated box you need, just speak with a sales representative today!

Tackling Void Fill

shipping supplies miamiIt is neither practical nor time efficient for most distributors to stock multiple container sizes to accommodate shipping different product weights and sizes. Therefore, most items get shipped in boxes that are generally too big. So, what is the easiest way to fill the boxes and protect the product from shipping damage?

The solution is void fill. Void fill is packing the remainder of the box with materials to hold the product in place. The shipping supplies used to tackle this task include crumpled paper, loose peanuts (Styrofoam or biodegradable), or air pillows. All of these products serve the same universal purpose: to keep your goods from shifting and potentially breaking. Before choosing one method over another, it is advisable to consider several areas.

First take into account the product’s weight and size. Items that take up most of the box probably only need a small amount of peanuts or crumpled paper. There is no point in trying to fit shipping supplies like air pillows or bubble wrap into such a tiny space. Consider storage and cleanup, too. Some materials, such as peanuts, must be shipped to and stored in your facility and will always be on the floor taking up useful inventory space. Next, think about the fragility of your shipment. If the merchandise is considered very delicate or breakable, you will want a shipping product with more stability – use air pillows.

shipping supplies miamiAir pillows (otherwise known as inflatable packaging) save time and money when packing boxes. They are produced by a small, effortless machine where the controller can adjust the air-fill levels and select pillow sizes that best suit his or her needs. One of the most obvious benefits of using air pillows is its increased durability. This shipping product is ideal for heavier, delicate objects because it can handle more weight than peanuts or paper.

The point is your selected method of void fill really depends on what products and quantities you are shipping. For instance, if you have a small business in Miami that ships clothing, there really is no need to invest in air pillows. Since clothes are generally unbreakable, crumpled paper would be the perfect shipping product for this situation. Whatever void fill technique you choose to implement, TOTALPACK has you covered. Located in Miami, FL, we sell everything from packaging peanuts to inflatable air pillows and inflator tools. Check it out for yourself!

A Look Inside International Paper

corrugated boxes miamiHere at TOTALPACK, we keep a substantial amount of products in stock in our Miami warehouse. These products include janitorial supplies, stretch film, corrugated boxes and sheets, among many others. We do produce some of these products in-house (like our custom tapes and labels) but most are delivered by a third party and stored in our warehouse until distribution. One company that produces corrugated boxes is International Paper (IP). International Paper is the leader in the paper and packaging industry with operations in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and North Africa.

International Paper manufactures a plethora of products besides corrugated boxes. Production from IP ranges from paper to cups to fluff pulp, even retail displays. We carry two types of their cardboard shipping containers: single and double wall. The main difference between the two is the number of corrugated sheets in each panel of the package. Corrugated boxes with a double wall can support more weight and are sturdier than those made with only one wall.

We take pride in our brands and are excited to know that International Paper is one of North America’s largest recycler of office paper and corrugated boxes. With 21 recycling facilities across North America, 15 containerboard mills, and a significant national brokerage system, IP collects, consumes, and markets more than 6 million tons (approximately 10%) of all paper recovered annually in the United States. International Paper collects and processes this recovered paper and corrugated boxes at their own plants as well as purchases recovered items from outside sources. The recovered paper is then used by their mills to create new paper products or is sold to other manufacturers across the globe.

If you’re looking for shipping containers in the Miami area and don’t want to spend a fortune at your local office supply store, we offer a variety of shapes and sizes. Corrugated boxes from TOTALPACK ensure quality and cost savings for your company, all while supporting recycling trends!