Is Co-Packing the Same Thing As Repacking?

by Michael Kotendzhi | Warehousing
Is Co-Packing the Same Thing As Repacking

When a company either produces a large volume of product, shipping and logistics is often farmed out to professionals. Co-packing and repacking are often services offered by the shipping company, but they are not exactly the same thing. Something they mean the same thing, but not always. Let’s take a look at each of them.


Repacking means taking delivery of product, unpacking it, and then repacking it. The repacking can serve several purposes. Repacking can reduce the size (volume) or weight of the final package, which in turn lowers shipping costs.

This change in packing weight or volume can be critical if the product if moving from one type of shipping to another, for example, from a truck to container ship.

Repacking can also mean changing the packing type so that something fragile or perishable will travel better on the next leg of the journey. There may also be different standards required for packing that have to be met when goods travel across international borders.


Co-packing includes the same advantages of repacking, noted above, but also includes branding. That means that a product may be repackaged into your specific brand colours with labelling and possibly stickers to match.

Whatever it is that makes your product look like it specifically comes from you, including packaging, labelling, stuffing, and anything else that is unique to your brand is part of co-packing. So, repacking is an element of co-packing, but not all co-packing is repacking. We are experts on repacking and co-packing.

For over 30 years, 18 Wheels Logistics has strived to be the most customer-centric trucking, warehousing, and logistics company around. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 18 Wheels relies on experience and integrity to make customers happy and remain on the cutting edge of shipping and logistics management.

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Michael Kotendzhi is President of Operations & Transportation and a partner at 18 Wheels. Michael has over 15 years of experience and is equipped with a degree in Logistics from the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business. As well as a background in logistics from XPO Logistics (formally Kelron Logistics), North America's largest contract warehousing provider.

Michael's experience includes supply chain management, reverse logistics, & domestic transportation. He has developed 18 Wheels' trucking solutions, effectively utilizing the sister company's vehicle fleet and building a transportation supply-chain network across North America.