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Packaging tape and strapping

Secure parcels and pallets with high-quality packaging tapes and strapping

RAJA has everything you need to secure pallets, bundle products, and seal your boxes effectively so contents arrive at their destination safely.

What’s the difference between tape and strapping?

Both tape and strapping are designed to secure boxes and pallets, but they can have very different applications. Packaging straps are used to bundle multiple packages together, especially palletised goods. Packaging tape on the other hand is used to construct and seal boxes. Whether you are using packaging tape or strapping, both are available in a range of widths and lengths, suitable for all box sizes. Wider tape and strapping is often stronger too.

How do I decide what tape or strapping to use?

There are a lot of things to consider when choosing tape and strapping, from your package weight to how long it will be needed. Here’s a quick overview of the different features of our packaging tape and strapping:

Packaging tape

Packaging tape is used to pack and seal boxes. There are many kinds of package tape, each with different properties and uses. Standard vinyl adhesive tape is great for getting packages from A to B, but for items in storage polypropylene tape provides a strong, long-lasting seal. Hot melt tape is best for heavy duty packaging, as this is the strongest type of adhesive available. Package tape can be decorative too, with custom printed packaging tape available via our Rajaprint service.

Masking and paper tape

Paper tape is a type of package tape that can be used for sealing boxes and cartons. It is made from a natural adhesive applied to a paper backing, which makes it easily recyclable. Paper tape is strong too, able to hold packages up to 20 kg in weight for self-adhesive tape and 75 kg for hot melt tape.

Masking tape is a low adhesion tape that doesn’t leave behind marks once it is removed. It’s ideal for masking off when decorating to create clean painted lines. While its low adhesion means it isn’t suitable for sealing boxes, it is excellent for creating labels for stored items.


Packaging strapping is designed to bundle and reinforce larger heavier packages, and secure pallet loads. We stock strapping suitable for securing everything from very heavy, sharp-edged items such as concrete blocks, to lightweight goods like padded envelopes. This includes strong polypropylene strapping, which is useful for securing medium-weight items. We also stock polyester strapping, which is twice as strong as polypropylene strapping. It’s more flexible too, so it bends easily around more awkward shapes. Alternatively, paper strapping is perfect for bundling lighter items, and when combined with boxes sealed with paper tape, it completes a 100% recyclable packaging solution.

Industrial tape

Packaging tape and strapping generally perform different roles in sealing and securing your boxes. However, industrial packaging tapes can be used to bundle and reinforce groups of items or boxes, in a similar way to strapping. This includes our ultra-tough cross woven filament tape, which can be used to for strapping heavy goods and export consignments.

Is there equipment to help package a large quantity of goods?

If you’re handling high volumes of packages, there are many strapping and packaging tools that can help make the job quicker and easier. To quickly secure shipments, try our strapping machines that produce strapping, and automatically tension, seal and cut the strapping too. Our tape dispensers can also help speed up the process of sealing your boxes.

Our packaging tape specialists can help you find the best tape for your packages, or the right types of strapping to secure your pallets. Call 0800 542 44 28 for expert recommendations and advice.

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