Which transit packaging should I use for my bottles?

The ability to safely deliver products to customers is essential to pretty much every business nowadays. What should be the simple art of transporting from A to B, can be anything but. The tools you need and how to use them can be a confusing exercise too and choosing the right packaging for your products can be a difficult task.

To help you figure out which bottle transit box fits which occasion, we’ve developed a simple comparison chart. Ultimately it’s your choice how you send your wine and Champagne gifts, and we’d always recommend discussing your options with your courier in advance. We have options that meet every need and budget and the star system will help you decide just that.

Repacking Cases

Repacking cases are the entry-level transit with minimal protection designed for repacking mixed cases in-store. They are perfect for ‘case of the month’ or selection boxes, local shop deliveries or for customers carrying wines from your premises to their cars.

  • Breakout
  • Single wall
  • Includes lightweight removable dividers
  • Quick & easy to assemble
  • Delivered flat packed

Budget Transit Packaging 

The Budget range offers great value transit packaging and is one of our top 10 bestsellers. Made in the UK from strong double-walled BC fluted cardboard, each box includes internal dividers and a base plate. For extra protection add a starburst pad to hold bottlenecks firmly in place.

Mailsafe Transit Packaging

The Mailsafe range is made in the UK from 100% recyclable and biodegradable paper. It’s a space-saving alternative to polysafe that comes flat packed and offers excellent levels of protection. The 6 and 12 bottle packs come with strong quadruple wall protection, double-walled dividers and starburst bottle neck fittings included. Remember, all components can be purchased separately, simply call our team for details.

  • Made in the UK from double-walled corrugated board
  • Courier approved for shipping wine via Parcelforce, Interlink Express and DHL
  • Delivered flat packed
  • Fits standard bottles of wine or Champagne
  • 100% Recyclable

Polysafe Transit Packaging

Polysafe is a lightweight polystyrene packaging for transporting wines. Suitable for international air freight, it’s robust and capable of withstanding the roughest national courier networks using conveyor based sorting systems. Its polystyrene core acts as a good insulator and protects wines from fluctuations in external temperatures. While superior quality and performance don’t come cheap, Polysafe is simply the only range WBC would recommend for high-value wines and champagne distribution.

Top Tip!

To protect bottles that are inside hampers, why not purchase the Mailsafe, Polysafe or Safe Air inserts only for added protection.

Safe Air Transit Packaging 

As strong and protective as polystyrene but without the bulk and need for storage. Surround your bottles with an inflatable bottle bag that you can re-use time and again. Simply deflate after use or dispose in a recycle bin for an option that’s 100% recyclable.

3 steps to Safe Air protection

  1. Insert your bottle into the Safe Air bag, and then inflate
  2. Inflate the Safe Air bag using our standard air-pump (sold separately)
  3. Place the Safe Air bag into your transit outer box and send

For videos on how to use Safe Air, visit our Youtube channel.

Top Tip!

To protect bottles that are inside hampers, why not purchase the Mailsafe, Polysafe or Safe Air inserts only for added protection.


The Science

Protective packaging is made from 100% recyclable corrugated board. It consists of three main components:

• An outer liner
• An inner liner
• A fluting glued between the two

This ‘sandwich’ looking construction gives the corrugated board its strong rigidity, and the unique ability to cushion and protect contents inside. The corrugated board comes in a variety of weights and thicknesses that are either single-walled or double-walled.

Diagram of transit board

In response to customer feedback, we’ve introduced a mixed pallet of 6 and 12 bottle transit boxes, and we also offer bulk buy pricing for those of you who require more than a couple of boxes for your bottles.

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