Fresh or frozen foods need to be kept within specified temperature ranges during transit. Bulk shipments are often made using refrigerated transport, but for smaller shipments, particularly those using couriers, this is not possible. This is why using temperature controlled packaging is of advantageous, it will help keep products within the correct temperature range, thus making sure your produce arrives fresh and unspoilt.
How many ice packs will I need?
The amount of ice required varies according to several factors, such as outside temperature, time in transit, weight and type of product, packing temperature etc. We are always happy to offer advice for specific situations so please feel free to contact us with your query.
How do I use the absorbent (non hydrated) ice pads & strips?
Our non hydrated ice needs a short soak in fresh water before they can be frozen.
Read our Ice Guide to learn more.
How quickly will my order arrive?
Orders received before 11:30AM will be despatched on the same day. Orders received after 11:30 AM will be despatched next day. Pallets are shipped on a 48-hour delivery as standard, but we also offer a 24 hour delivery for an additional £10.00 exc VAT charge. For more detail please see examples below.
Do you deliver throughout the UK?
Yes, we can deliver throughout the UK. If you require delivery to certain areas (e.g.Channel Islands, Scottish Highlands and Islands), our rates may vary from those listed on the online shop but you will be advised of this before the order is shipped.
We do accept returns and will refund on receipt (minus the postage cost) if the goods are undamaged.
Missing incomplete or damaged orders?
If your delivery is damaged, clearly mark on the delivery note ‘damaged in transit’ and get the delivery driver to sign this. If possible take a photo to e-mail us and give us a call to let us know the details.
Please note that if you have ordered more than one type of product they are sometimes shipped from different locations and may not arrive on the same day so please allow the full 2 working days for all orders except for foam liners which are 3-4 working days.
If your order is still incomplete after those periods please contact us and we’ll be happy to advise.
Can I track my order?
Yes. A consignment no. can be supplied if requested.
Which size of box should I use?
Our poly box size list details our standard box range. The Poly boxes are described as "6kg" "20kg" etc as these are the traditional terms in the fishing industry, where many of our boxes are used.
The list details both internal and external dimensions of each box. Once you have confirmed the overall size of the products to be shipped, together with an allowance for ice, please check the list to find the nearest size available. Bear in mind that bubble wrap can be used as a void filler if there is not an exact match.
If you are in any doubt about the correct size to use please do not hesitate to contact us for advice. Remember that samples can be ordered from our online shop if you would like to check the size before ordering a larger quantity.
If you do still however require a certain box size that we do not currently offer, please do contact us as we do have manufacturing facilities and subject to order quantities, we may be able to help.
Is it safe to order online?
Yes, our shop is fully secure. All transactions processed through the JB Packaging Online shop are fully encrypted by our 128bit secure server. This gives you the highest level of protection possible whenever you use credit cards to make a purchase on the Internet. All credit card details submitted are encrypted and stored on a Protx secure server. Details are deleted once a transaction is complete.
I don’t see the size I require. Do you have any others?
Depending on the type of packaging, we can offer customised packs (PE foam liners) or can discuss the steps required to produce a specific Poly Box. We are also continually revising our range so please contact us in the first instance to discuss your requirements.
I'd like my boxes branded with my company details. Can you arrange this?
Polystyrene boxes can be personalised with print or labels and we can also offer printed cartons subject to minimum order quantities. Please call or email us for further details.
Are your products environmentally friendly?
We offer two types of temperature controlled packaging. Both are made from materials which are classified as plastics, and one system also uses paper-based materials.
Our Poly boxes are made from expanded polystyrene which is fully recyclable. In its moulded form it is 98% air and 2% styrene. Poly boxes can be used with or without a carton, are very light and offer unbeatable insulation qualities at their price level. They are non-toxic and all are made in the UK in our own plants.
Our PE foam liners are made from expanded polyethylene, which is also recyclable. The liners need to be used with an outer carton so the weight of the packaging will be higher, but can be reused more than once. PE foam is non-toxic and we use material made in the UK.
For more information on the environment and the recycling of Expanded Polystyrene have a look at the British Plastics Federation website.
For a flexible Recycling range of systems which provide solutions to reduce cost and comply with legislation for your packaging waste, please click the link below:
I’m still not sure which is the best solution for my company.
We are more than happy to personally call or visit our customers to discuss your requirements. Simply contact us by phone or email and we will be in touch!
What are your BACs details?
BACS payments need to be made to our Natwest Bank account as appropriate: -
Bank Account Name: DS Smith Plastics
City Of London Office
PO BOX 12258
1 Princes Street
|Account No: ||39172716 |
|Sort Code: ||60-00-01 |
You can send us a cheque made payable to DS Smith Plastics to the Northampton address below. Thank you.
VAT: 563 0699 25 | Company Registration Number: 53913
JB Packaging is a trading division of DS Smith Corrugated Packaging Limited.
Registered Office: 350 Euston Road, London, NW1 3AX.
Cheques to be made payable to DS Smith Plastics.
Remittances and cheques to be sent to:
Lodge Farm Industrial Estate,