GWP Group Logo
GWP Group Logo
Phone GWP Packaging - 01793 754 444
01793 754 444
Mon - Fri / 08.00 - 17.00
Email GWP Packaging -
Free advice and quotes
GWP Packaging

Corrugated cardboard packaging expertise and innovation

GWP Protective

Widest range of protective cases with custom foam in the UK


UK leading independent Correx® packaging manufacturer

GWP Conductive

Providing cutting edge ESD safe packaging for 30+ years

GWP Coatings

Supplying sheet plants with coated corrugated material

Reduce packaging costs

A range of strategies and ideas to reduce your ongoing packaging costs

Protective packaging

Protection for your products and equipment to prevent costly damage in transit

Improve packaging efficiency

Streamline your operations, enhancing efficiency and productivity

Environmentally friendly packaging

Minimise the environmental impact of your packaging and business

Packaging design service

Custom packaging to your exact requirements, designed by an award winning team

Packaging guides and blog

A range of guides, tips and detailed articles to improve your packaging

Case studies

Examples of successful packaging, and how your business can benefit

Packaging markets

Specific industry knowledge and expertise relevant to your business

Quality standards

Accreditations / standards to ensure you get the highest packaging quality

Packaging news at GWP

The latest news, events and community projects happening at GWP Group

BDC Cartons

Custom design

Tailored to your requirements

UK trade supplier

Huge product selection

Reduce costs

Range of strategies and services

BDC boxes

Standard Sized Cardboard Boxes

Widely used in fashion and retail applications

The standard range of BDC cartons (Bulk Distribution Cartons) are manufactured to industry standard sizes / specs. They’re widely used for shipping multiple items, particularly garments for retail businesses.

GWP Packaging manufactures the full range of BDC and BDCM (Bulk Distribution Carton Metric) boxes, as well as custom sized packaging tailored to your specific business requirements. They can also be enhanced with custom print and a range of other options. Read More

Available Colours:

Brown Kraft cardboard material swatch
White cardboard material swatch
Cardboard with single colour print swatch
  • No obligation (and no pressure) quotes for any packaging
  • Free and impartial advice from UK based experts
  • Competitive pricing and full customisation options
FSC logo applied to Packaging manufactured by GWP (certificate FSC_C161914)

This product
can be
FSC® certified
on request


Detailed information on BDC Boxes

BDC boxes (and the related BDCM range) are industry standard cartons in a small range of sizes. Typically used for fashion, clothing and catalogue businesses, many large organisations will stipulate that these boxes are used when receiving goods from their suppliers.

These shipping / postal boxes are typically manufactured from a durable yet lightweight single wall material (although double wall can be specified for specific applications as required). This allows for efficient and cost effective transit of the goods within.

BDC Cartons are also usually printed with a panel / table allowing for important information on the shipment to manually written on the box. This includes information such as the catalogue number, season, quantity being shipped, colour-ways, sizes and so on. You can select either an industry standard layout, or have one which is tailored to your own specific requirements.

Printed BDC Boxes

On the subject of print, they can also have a “cut line” printed on one face the boxes, to indicate where remove a section of material that will allow easy picking / retrieval of items in your or your customers warehouse. This is in addition to adding your branding and logos as required too.

BDC Boxes are also supplied flat to allow for easy storage at your premises, and they are easily assembled with a tape fixture (they are an 0201 FEFCO style).

However, if you do not specifically need to ship using BDC cardboard cartons, you can specify bespoke sizes / styles that can be tailored to the particular requirements of your business or products.

Key features of BDC boxes at a glance

  • BDC (Bulk Distribution Carton) and BDCM (Bulk Distribution Carton Metric) available
  • Standard sizes include BDC 1, 2, 3 and BCM 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Typically manufactured from a durable single wall material
  • Stock black text / table printed for manual addition of shipment details
  • Can be customised with branding / logos
  • Delivered flat packed to minimise storage requirements
  • Easy assemble design for improved packing efficiency


BDC Carton technical details

Please use the tables below for the specific dimensions / weights etc. that apply to these BDC boxes

BDC Carton Sizes (L x W x D)

610 x 280 x 356 mm
405 x 280 x 356 mm
405 x 280 x 178 mm

BDCM Carton Sizes (L x W x D)

595 x 289 x 390 mm
394 x 292 x 394 mm
597 x 292 x 191 mm
400 x 300 x 200 mm


BDC Carton FAQs

Please see below for a number of commonly asked questions regarding BDC boxes.

What does BDC Stand for?

BDC stands for Bulk Distribution Carton. BDC boxes are a range of specific size of box that are commonly used for shipping garments, and as a result are commonly used by retail, catalogue and large ecommerce businesses.

What sizes are available?

There are 3 size BDC cartons available. These are BDC1 (610 x 280 x 357 mm), BDC2 (406 x 279 x 356 mm) and BDC3 (405 x 280 x 185 mm). All dimensions relate to the internal length x width x depth.

What material are BDC boxes made from?

As they are commonly used for shipping garments, material strength is not generally a key requirement. As such, a lightweight single wall material is commonly used in order to maximise available space within the box, and minimise the weight during shipping.

Can BDC boxes be printed?

Standard BDC boxes come with a standard printed panel / table that allows for manual addition of key information (e.g. colours, sizes, catalogue no. etc.). You can also add custom graphics and logos as required.

Will BDC boxes be accepted by my customers?

Some large retailers may only accept deliveries in specific cartons, such as BDC and BDCM. Whilst you must always check with the specific businesses involved, GWP will be able to manufacture your BDC cartons to meet any specific requirements.

Tailored Pricing / Sizes

Tailored quotes for your business' packaging

GWP Packaging do not list prices on this website for a number of reasons, the main one being that we will provide your business with a no obligation quote that is tailored to your specific requirement.

By placing a strong emphasis on both design and manufacture, it means we do not hold stock of standard products, but will produce your corrugated cardboard packaging to a specification that matches your requirements for budget, performance and durability.

Whilst this means we are not able to help with very low volume orders, if your business requires genuinely cost effective packaging, we would be delighted to help.

Customisation / Options

Enhancing your standard packaging lines

Although BDC cartons are offered in standard sizes, there are a number of ways that you can enhance them.

This includes adding your logo and branding to the exterior, as well as custom information panels too. If not being used for clothing, you can also dividers and layer pads in order to maximise the available space within the boxes, as well as improve packing efficiency

Cardboard box dividers inside outer corrugated packaging

Adjustable Divider Sets

Enhance space and packing efficiency

Waterproof cardboard packaging

Water Resistant Coating

Protect your deliveries from rain and moisture

Cardboard layer pads slip sheets

Cardboard Layer Pads

Layer separation to maximise space

Printed BDCM boxes

1, 2 or Full Colour Printing

Add logos, graphics, instructions and more

Similar Postal Boxes

Similar options for your shipping cartons

BDCM box

BDCM Boxes

Postal packaging colour options

4 Standard Sizes
Enquire for details

Long cardboard boxes

Long Boxes

PiP Box colours

Custom Sizes
Enquire for details

Custom mailing boxes

Custom Mailers

PiP Box colours

Custom Sizes
Enquire for details

Telescopic boxes

Telescopic Boxes

PiP Box colours

Custom Sizes
+ Adjustable Dims.

PIP Boxes

PIP Boxes

Cardboard boxes compatible with Royal Mail guidelines

Postal packaging boxes and mailers

View All Postal Boxes

View all available postal packaging options

Quotes, Technical Info, Advice...

Get your no obligation, tailored quote (or impartial product advice) now

    Your contact details

    Additional info

    For full details on how GWP will treat your data, please view our Privacy Policy. Your information will not be shared with any third party.

    Here to Help

    Contact a member of our sales & support team directly

    John Elliott GWP Packaging

    John Elliott

    Product Adviser
    01793 754 444

    Bill Chapman, GWP Packaging product adviser

    Bill Chapman

    01793 754 444

    Ian Heskins

    Ian Heskins

    New Business Director
    01793 754 444

    Phone GWP Packaging

    01793 754 444

    Mon – Fri 08.00 – 17.00

    Email GWP Packaging

    Email a packaging expert

    Need industry standard / accepted boxes, but not sure BDC Boxes are what you need? Please view other postal packaging options...