August 3, 2023

Our customers often find themselves asking us how long until our boxes are ready? or I need my boxes ready in a week, can you help? Maybe you’re just starting your custom cardboard box journey, or maybe you’re ready with a plan and about to order – no matter what stage you’re at, understanding how long it takes to manufacture custom boxes is key in helping you schedule, plan and budget. This is especially important if you have deadlines to meet.

Before we unpack the process of creating and manufacturing custom boxes, you need to understand some vital terminology. In the world of packaging, we use the term lead time to describe how long it takes to make your boxes from start to finish.

Read on for our guide on how long it takes to make a custom cardboard box and all about the production of custom corrugated cardboard boxes from start to finish!

The 3 stages of production are:

  1. Pre-production
  2. Production
  3. Post-production

Let’s break down exactly what each stage of production entails.


Pre-production is all about you and understanding what your business needs. During this stage, you will be researching manufacturers, evaluating quotes and receiving and then approving proofs. We generally estimate that this stage of production can take up to 3 days – however, with Jetbox’s fast and easy online cardboard box calculator you can instantly receive a quote from wherever you are. You have the ability to edit sizing and quantities to compare prices instantaneously – no more going back and forth over the phone or via email.

Cut down your pre-production by using our online cardboard box calculator, and make choosing a manufacturer as easy as can be!

We offer proofs for our boxes and have small minimum order quantities – allowing you the flexibility of custom boxes in a way that suits you.


Production is all about making your boxes. Each business has different lead times, and at Jetbox our lead times are dependent on quantity and size. Generally speaking, the majority of our boxes will be available 7-10 days after you place your order. For some boxes, such as our Custom Die Cut Gift box, the lead time is as low as 3-5 days for orders under 100 boxes!

If you need your boxes by a certain date, especially if you are looking to have your boxes delivered, it is important you reach out to us. There are often ways we can help reduce the lead time or work with you to choose a product that will arrive on time.

We always recommend getting your custom box order in as soon as possible. At Jetbox, we have a multitude of resources regarding custom boxes, from measurements to board grades. Read some of our latest blogs and take a dive into the world of custom corrugated cardboard boxes on our News page!



The post-production stage is mainly centred around transportation. How are you going to get your newly manufactured custom boxes to your door? Some manufacturers offer shipping, other times you can choose between shipping or pick-up. Rarely do you have to organise your own shipping, but it is an important question to ask.

At Jetbox, we offer both shipping and click & collect for our Victorian customers. Visit our Shipping FAQ page to see the areas within Victoria we are guaranteed to ship to. If you are outside of this area, get in touch and we can work together on a quote and discuss whether shipping is available for your order.


It is important to us that custom made boxes are accessible for everyone. No matter the size of your business, your budget, or your required number of boxes – we will work with you to make custom boxes a reality.

We hope that now you understand lead times, and roughly how long custom boxes take to make, you can more easily plan for your upcoming shipment. Jetbox offers a wide range of Australian custom made and ready made boxes for all your businesses and moving needs. Our ready made boxes and packaging products are ready within 3 days, sometimes they’re even available for same day pick-up!

Make the switch to custom made corrugated cardboard boxes and see for yourself why so many businesses love custom boxes.

If you have any questions, we’d love to help! Contact us online or call our Dandenong store on +61397933520.

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How To Pack Your TV Box

We understand that packing TV’s without the original packaging can be a stressful task.

Every Jetbox TV will be supplied with more than enough bubble wrap to wrap any size TV!

To put your TV box together, follow these instructions:

  1. Please start by taping the bottom of the box – pre-fold the flaps to make it easier to close.

  2. Use a blanket to cover your TV before applying bubble wrap.

  3. Lay it down (if the manufacturer recommendations specify that you can) and wrap it in bubble horizontally.

  4. Then wrap again vertically ensuring the corners, front and back are covered well. Tape up the bubble so that it doesn’t come undone.

  5. You can then slide the TV into the box, make sure it fits snugly and close the box with some strong tape.

Bulky Item Delivery Terms & Conditions

Some of our products are large, heavy and bulky and require extra care or special shipping. If your order requires a forklift we will advise before delivery, and if no forklift is available upon delivery a surcharge will apply.

Bulky deliveries that require hand delivery (but no forklift) to the first floor or above and require stair or lift access will also be subject to a delivery surcharge. If you advise at checkout that your delivery is above the ground floor, we will be in touch regarding the surcharge. This surcharge is from $50 per pallet.

Over & Under Runs

Manufacturing processes require machinery to work at quite high speeds. During production, some sheets may be damaged and need to be replaced. In some instances, we cannot replace the sheets at that time and you will be met with a slightly lower Quantity than ordered. This amount will be credited to you.

In most cases though, there will be overruns, as the machinery cannot come to a complete stop in an instant – we require a gradual slow down, which will give us more cartons produced, than what are ordered. These overruns are payable by the client. And taking them also helps save on recycling, which is more sustainable and better for the Environment in the long term.

If you require EXACT Quantities, we may have to make some boxes in a different grade than ordered, to make up your order in the Exact Qty required. These requests will also Incur higher unit costs. This cannot be avoided, as we must consider the recycling processes and costs involved, in helping to reduce our carbon footprint.

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5C or B – Light single flute cardboard used for light packaging requirements or for products that support themselves.

4C or B – Slightly stronger single flute cardboard used for packing paper/notes/pads, etc. Usually for products that self support.

3C or B – Most common board grade usually used for virtually any standard light weight packing.

3C or B Super – Medium strength board that is slightly stronger than the above 3C/B board and can also be used for frozen goods.

1C or B – Strong single flute carboard used mainly for products that need extra support when stacking.

1C or B Super – Super Strength Cardboard that is mainly used for frozen food products that are transported long distance.

3 BC – Twin Cushion cardboard used for Removal Boxes and products that need that little extra care when packaged or for bulky items that may need thicker board when transported.

1 BC – Twin Cushion cardboard with some of the highest grade board for Superior support and stack-ability. Primarily for items over 30KG.