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How Can You Go About Shipping Electronics Safely?

Posted on Tue, Apr 17, 2018

How Can You Go About Shipping Electronics Safely?

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Shipping electronics  can be stressful. People who move will often keep their most important and expensive electronic devices in their cars in order to exercise maximum control over what happens to them. But if your business needs to ship large amounts of electronic equipment as part of a move or send an item from one location to another, that's not an option. You need to pack everything so it makes the trek safely and comes out of the truck without any damage.

There are specific methods of packing certain items, but a few general rules also apply.

The Best Tips For Shipping Electronics Safely

  • Break the equipment down into the largest number of separate components possible. Electronic equipment is often shaped in a way that does not make for easy packing (ie. not all sides are flat). By separating out as many parts of the equipment as you can, you make the flattest possible surfaces, allowing parts to sit flush against their boxes and not shift during transit. A box with contents that don't move is safest for those contents.
  • Use loose packing material that can fill in the small gaps. If you ship equipment that is irregularly shaped but also does not break into smaller pieces, your goal is still to minimize movement within the box. With lighter electronic items, anti-static packing peanuts that take up the open space can be enough. Heavier equipment may require more durable packing material such as Styrofoam. You can use anti-static packing material or some type of anti-static protection to keep the items safe from other kinds of packing material.
  • Double box items. Much like double-bagging at a grocery store, double boxing maximizes the safety of your equipment. Take the box with your item, put it in a larger box, fill it with more packing material, and ship. It can be reasonable to fit several smaller items in one much larger box, either stacking the smaller boxes together or separating them from each other with packing material. Regardless, make sure the packing material covers all four sides of the larger box. Electronics are fragile, and you don't want anything to break because the box tipped onto the one side without enough padding.

Use Pack n Send to Ensure Your Electronics Ship Safely

Shipping electronics requires more caution than the average office item, and needs to be done right the first time. Are you interested in hiring an experienced packing and shipping company to handle your electronics with the care they require? Contact us today!

 

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Custom Crating for Your Unusual and Unique Items

Posted on Thu, Apr 12, 2018

Custom Crating for Your Unusual and Unique Items

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How Does Custom Crating Work?

When moving fragile and valuable items, oftentimes the best way to do so is by asking a moving company to make custom crates for your items. This means the moving/packing company will come evaluate your fragile items beforehand to determine the best way to move them and collect dimensions. The custom crating begins when carpenters make the crate in a warehouse. They then take the crate to the job site, place the item inside, and close up the crate. Very delicate items may be moved to the crating warehouse to be blocked and braced before they are shipped.

Common items for custom crating include chandeliers, paintings, sculptures, antique furniture, expensive collector's items, mirrors, and other breakable and irreplaceable items. But movers also end up crating some not-so-common items too. Here are a two stories of unusual items that require crating.

Custom Crating for Taxidermied Animals

Joshua Green, a moving professional and writer, talks about moving taxidermied animals in a blog post. In one situation Green spoke of, moving professionals had been warned before a job that the home belonged to an avid hunter that kept many trophy animals around the home. Movers came face to face with various heads and stuffed animals. But the one that topped it all was an 8-foot tall bear! 

Crating for The Vatican Library

Imagine being a moving company called up to give a bid on moving one of the most priceless libraries in all of humanity! In a blog post by Martin Panayotov, Panayotov interviews the moving company that ended up getting the job. The job including moving some of the oldest books and documents that exist today. The process involved removing all the books and manuscripts during the refurbishment of the library and then returning the texts to the library when the job was done. Check out the aforementioned link to read the fascinating details.

Contact Pack n Send With Your Custom Crating Needs

While these are just a few examples of items that needed custom crates, Pack n Send has had our own fair share of unusual instances requiring custom crating. We too have moved a taxidermied bear (a polar bear no less!), an airplane from an amusement park ride, and a computerized dragon, just to name a few.

For more information about custom crating your unique and unusual valuables, contact us today!

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Shipping Medical Equipment Made Easy in Houston

Posted on Tue, Apr 10, 2018

Shipping Medical Equipment Made Easy in Houston

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Houston is the home of the Texas Medical Center, one of the largest life science hubs in the world. With over 106,000 employees in 54 institutions, nearly one million patients are seen at the Texas Medical Center in Houston each week according to Visit Houston. In fact, people travel from all over the world to see the best specialists and physicians in Houston at establishments like the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Texas Children's Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, and Houston Methodist Hospital, to name just a few.

Houston's Booming Medical Industry Calls For the Ability to Ship Medical Equipment

With all of these world-renown institutions right here in Houston, there are a lot of shipping needs for medical equipment to keep the medical industry functioning optimally. And the need will only continue to rise since there are $3 billion of new development occurring right now according to the Texas Medical Center website. However, medical equipment shipping is simple when done right—through a knowledgeable and experienced shipping company. 

How to Ship Medical Equipment

If your practice needs to ship medical equipment, you might be wondering how to ship medical equipment because it is often large, bulky, heavy, expensive, or all of the above. A shipping company will take several approaches to moving medical equipment. Depending on the size and weight of the shipment, medical equipment can be shipped in custom crates or palletized for international or domestic shipping. If your practice is buying new medical equipment, buying or selling used equipment from an auction or from eBay, or you need to ship or move equipment to another location, the right shipping company can help with any of those transactions. Medical equipment that can be shipped includes:

  • MRI machines
  • X-ray machines
  • CT scanners
  • Lasers
  • Surgical equipment
  • Hospital furniture
  • Diagnostic equipment

Use a Reliable Shipping Company in Houston

If you work for a practice in the Texas Medical Center and need to know how to ship medical equipment, Pack n Send can help. We promise to work carefully with each item and have plenty of experience packing and shipping medical equipment throughout Houston and around the world. Contact us today for more information.

 

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Office Moving: How To Do It Right

Posted on Fri, Apr 06, 2018

Office Moving: How To Do It Right

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Relocating an office is a long and involved process, even for a small business. If not handled with due diligence, moving your office doesn't end when you're in the new building; everyone working there can spend weeks or months trying to find the things they need in an office where everything was shoved in with insufficient planning!

If you need to embark on a big office move, here is a brief overview of tasks necessary to smooth both the move itself and the adjustment to your new surroundings.

Tips For Relocating an Office

  • Find a commercial realtor to help find the new office. When you decide on one, don't forget to tell your building owner about your plans to vacate. Know how much lead time you have to give.
  • As early as possible, decide who will be in charge of the overall move - you or an employee. If your company is large enough to have separate departments, make sure each department has one person named to voice any move-related concerns they have.
  • Research moving companies, especially ones that have experience (or even specialize) in commercial moves. Every office has heavy furniture and fragile items, and even if yours has relatively few, it's more efficient to hire a professional packing and moving company to pack, move, and unpack your office. Reserve their services early.
  • If the move is far enough to affect commutes, make lists of which employees will stay with the company and which will leave.
  • Draw up a plan for how the items from the current office will fit in the new one. Make lists of what will need to be acquired for the new office and what can be discarded (preferably sold) from the old one. Make widely available floor plans detailing where employees can find people and equipment in the new office. De-clutter as much as you can.
  • If relevant, let other businesses in the building know when you plan to move in and work with them to smooth out any conflicts ahead of time.
  • Call the utility companies and make sure everything will be turned on. It's such an obvious thing that you can forget it with all the other tasks that need to be accomplished.
  • In the new office, connect your computers first, along with whatever routers, switches, and other IT equipment needs to be installed. Even if you have all the same equipment, there is never a guarantee everything will function correctly right away. By connecting your computers first, IT can discover and fix problems before your employees are ready to get back to work.

Contact Pack n Send With Your Office Relocation Needs!

Office moving is a major undertaking, and doing it well will save you months of future headaches. Have more questions about an office move? Contact us today.

 

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What You Need to Know About Shipping From Houston to Mexico

Posted on Thu, Apr 05, 2018

What You Need to Know About Shipping From Houston to Mexico

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Houstonians are prone to having good business and personal relationships with Mexican businesses and friends -- certainly, the location encourages it! 

The everyday casual nature of communications between Texans and Mexicans makes it easy to forget that, due to customs regulations, international trade laws, and more, shipping from Houston to Mexico is actually something of a complex process. Shipping companies in Houston, Texas generally have experience with the process, but hiccups remain common.

Here are the basics on what you need to know to make sure your item gets over the border:

Shipping Restrictions to Mexico

Outside of the complex customs process, which we'll address shortly, there are few barriers to shipping items from Houston to Mexico.

Due to fluctuating exchange rates and tariffs, many items shipped from Houston to Mexico are not heavily regulated, like video game consoles and other consumer electronics, vinyl records  and even simple kitchen or home appliances.

 

Notable restrictions to keep in mind before shipping:

  • Textiles are limited. If shipping raw materials, you'll have to apply to do so first.
  • Cosmetics and toiletries require prior approval from the Mexican Department of Public Health before shipping.
  • Coins, precious stones, or jewelry made of precious metals/stones are prohibited.

Set Up Your Shipment Beforehand

There's a bit more documentation than average required for shipping from the U.S. to Mexico, despite sharing a direct border!

First, of the many shipping companies in Houston, Texas shipping to Mexico, try to go with one that has a great deal of experience with the process and lots of positive feedback from customers. Changing customs requirements are always a complex process to navigate, but more importantly you'll appreciate the advice they'll pass along for getting your Mexican customer the information they need to receive your shipment.

Lucky for you, much of the process happens from the receiving end in Mexico. They will arrange a Mexican-based shipping company to pick your item up from customs, examine it for proper documentation, and finally reach the destination.

You'll need to let your recipient know when you're sending the item and arrange the process to have their carrier pick it up. An experienced Houston shipping company will help you smooth this process along and help  eliminate issues along the way.

Go Through Your Shipping Checklist

Before shipping, make sure you have all your bases covered, especially for commercial-level transactions. One of the better shipping companies in Houston, Texas will have the know-how to guide you through the process, but in the interest of being prepared, here is the documentation you'll absolutely need to have in order and affixed to your packaging:

  • Import/Export form
  • Commercial Invoice
  • Bill of Lading
  • NAFTA Certificate of Origin (for commercial transactions)

Find the Right Houston Shipping Company

Few Houston shipping companies will have zero experience with sending items to Mexico. However, you'll want to make sure you go with a company that has both years of experience with the process and prioritizes staying on top of the rapidly changing standards and requirements. To learn more about the right way to minimize issues getting your items across the border, contact us today!

 

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Finding Shipping Companies and Single Piece Furniture Shippers in Houston

Posted on Mon, Apr 02, 2018

Finding Shipping Companies and Single Piece Furniture Shippers in Houston

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People use shipping companies for a variety of purposes. A good shipping company can do it all. Single piece furniture shippers can send a bed off to a college student from their parent's home a few states away. Other shipping companies can move your entire home overseas if needed. They also ship for individuals as well as businesses. If you are needing to get something from here to there and aren't sure where to begin, this blog lists some of the services shipping companies provide.

Moving a Single Piece of Furniture: 

When you're moving a single piece of furniture, movers and shippers will load the piece of furniture up in a truck and get it to where it needs to go. If the piece of furniture is going overseas, it will can be palletized and sent via air or sea.

Distributing an Estate:

When a loved one dies, a shipping company can help distribute family heirlooms, possessions, and furniture to other family members throughout the country. This article from caring.com shares some important ideas on splitting an estate between siblings that you may find helpful.

Bringing Inventory Right to Your Business: 

If you run a business, you will have the option to discuss with the shipping company if you will need to come to a shipping center to pick up your inventory or if they will do curbside delivery. Inventory can also be sent to a receiving warehouse un-palletized and then shipped to you directly.

Shipping Large Amounts of Freight:

Whether you are shipping your entire household or all the furniture of a business, it is best to get all the furniture into one shipment if possible. The furniture can be palletized and then transported, or else placed on a moving truck and driven to its destination.


At Pack n Send in Houston, we can help you with all of these shipping needs and more. Contact us today for more information!

 

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Freight Your Furniture or Move Your Furniture?

Posted on Sat, Mar 31, 2018

Freight Your Furniture or Move Your Furniture?

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When it comes to packing, shipping, moving, and freighting furniture, it can be confusing to know which methods are going to be the most cost effective and which ones are even appropriate. In this blog post we hope to answer some of your questions about freight shipping and moving furniture so you can figure out what steps to take next.

How can I send just one piece of furniture?

A good shipping company is happy to help you move even just one piece of furniture. Whether that means moving a desk in a truck from one office to another across town or freighting that desk across the ocean to a buyer overseas, a shipping company can do either one. It's important to make sure the company doesn't have any weight minimums before you begin. 

How do I choose between air shipping and freight shipping?

The costs vary between these two methods based on the speed you need and the size of your shipment. When freighting by sea, the charge is based on the size in cubic meters of your furniture. Ocean transportation generally costs less and can hold more, but also takes longer. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, a sea shipment from China to the U.S. takes anywhere from two to four weeks. Air shipping is based on the weight and the size of the shipment, and is usually more expensive but much quicker.

What if I'm not able to unload the shipment myself?

Talk with your shipping company and most will give you the option to choose between unloading the shipment yourself with curbside delivery or inside delivery.

What if I'm in Houston and am moving a long distance?

If you need help with long distance moving in Houston, a packing and shipping company can move your items in a truck if you are moving within the continent. If you are moving overseas, you can have your belongings shipped overseas via air or sea as we mentioned earlier. For tips on moving to another country, check out this post from The Spruce.


We know this might not answer all of your questions about freight shipping and furniture shipping, but hopefully it will give you some idea of where to start. At Pack n Send we can help you with any packing, moving, and freight shipping needs you have, so please feel free to contact us!

 

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International Freight and the Attractions of Israel

Posted on Thu, Mar 29, 2018

International Freight and the Attractions of Israel

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Located in the Middle East and south of the Mediterranean Sea, Israel is considered one of the most divine countries on Earth. Israel borders The Dead Sea, also referred in Hebrew as "Yam Melakh", which means the Sea of Salt. It has been a place of popularity for tourists to travel for relaxation and to experience the benefits and medical advantages of the water. The state of Israel has also become one of the best-industrialized and economically developed countries, offering relaxation for tourists and business opportunity for international cargo.

Marc Chagall: The Chagall Windows

The state of Israel offers a contemporary and modern display of art, and is very dynamic with many different cultural traditions. Israel is also known for many of their contemporary art museums, especially the Litvak Gallery, which showcases Israeli and international artists in the field of glass art.

The Chagall Windows are some of the most important series of Marc Chagall, and are also referred to as The Twelve Marquette's of Stained Glass Windows. The Chagall Windows of Jerusalem are a known attraction for tourists and represent a beautiful and intricate depiction of the twelve tribes of Israel, each being descendants of the twelve sons of Jacob. The masterpiece can be viewed at the Hebrew University Medical Center.

International Freight and Cargo in Israel

Israel has ocean freight routes and has imported approximately billions of goods, including diamonds and military equipment. There are two ocean freight routes for international cargo in Israel. Port Ashdod is one of these ports, and the other is The Port of Haifa. The Port of Haifa is Israel's largest international shipping port and one of the busiest ports of the eastern Mediterranean in terms of international freight volume. Port Haifa can service many ships and is included with several cargo terminals.

 Learn More About International Freight in Israel

Find more information about international freight shipping click here or contact us! At Pack n Send, we're experts in shipping internationally from Houston to locations across the globe. When you work with us, you have our guarantee that your freight will arrive  safely!

 

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Moving Tips For Seniors: How to Pack and Ship Furniture and Other Belongings

Posted on Fri, Mar 23, 2018

Moving Tips For Seniors: How to Pack and Ship Furniture and Other Belongings

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Making the decision to move a parent or grandparent to a smaller space or perhaps assisted living home can be a difficult one. At Pack n Send, we see a fair share of downsizing that comes with age, and so we wanted to provide you with 3 tips on moving a senior into an apartment, senior living center, or nursing home that will help make the transition easier for you and your loved ones.

1) Determine the Size of the New Space

Depending on where you are moving your loved one, you will have varying square footage to work with. When dealing with a nursing home move in Houston, consider that a nursing home can place several residents in the same room. If this is the case for you, you may have very little space to work with and have to find other homes for most of your loved one's belongings. To learn more about the best nursing homes in Houston, check out this ranking from U.S. News and World Report.

If you are simply moving your loved one out of their home to a smaller apartment so they have less space to care for, you may be working with a little less than 1000 square feet for a one bedroom apartment or a little over 1000 square feet for a two bedroom apartment. Again, this is likely much less space than your loved one had before, so not all of their furntiture will be able to make the transition!

2) Sort Through Belongings and Furniture

To downsize requires getting rid of a lot of possessions and furniture. As seniors age, they may be relieved to have less things to care for, but it can still be emotional and painful to let go and move on. If your loved one is having a hard time letting things go, you may want to consider having them read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. This book helps readers discard, declutter, or downsize by focusing on what to keep instead of what to get rid of and only keeping items that spark joy.

3) Send or Store Belongings and Furniture

After your loved one has decided what they want to keep, the rest needs to find a new home! You can pack and ship items to other family members, including shipping small amounts of furniture. You can also place things in storage, which will allow you to go through them at a later time, perhaps when more family can be present. The right shipping company will carefully help you redistribute possessions to other family members or even take items to storage for you if needed.

Pack n Send is Here to Help Make the Transition Easier

At Pack n Send, we frequently help families navigate nursing home moves in Houston and senior downsizing. Please contact us today to see how we can help make the transition easier for you and your loved ones!

 

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How to Pack and Send Auction Items By Freight to Hungary

Posted on Wed, Mar 21, 2018

How to Pack and Send Auction Items By Freight to Hungary

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Hungary has a long history of fine art, craftsmanship, and architecture. There's a great deal of demand for paintings, furniture, and more from cultural centers like Budapest. But, as anyone dealing in international auctions for antiques knows, that heritage has cultivated a lucrative demand within Hungary for the finest items from abroad.

Auction winners quite often leave Houston sellers with a tough challenge: how do you pack and send freight items safely from Texas to Budapest?

Don't worry. It's been done, and in the right hands, it's been done exceptionally well. Here are some tips to get you into a foolproof auction house shipping routine for your Hungarian customers:

Approach Each Item From A Unique Angle

Antique auction house shipping is not the kind of process you try to streamline with a one-size-fits-all approach! Whether you handle it yourself or use a full service pack and send freight company specializing in antiques, the process must be tailored to the item.

As an example, check out the process Island Ship Center came up with to pack and send freight items like this gorgeous Kittinger table from New York to Budapest. They're not based out of Houston (although there are similarly skilled full service international shippers based out of here), but they perfectly document what it takes to prepare a large, fragile item to safely make the trip from the US to Hungary.

The process they used -- and what you'll similarly find among fully-trained and certified freight shippers -- involves wrapping the table in synthetic wrapping, adding styrofoam corners for extra impact absorption, and sourcing a heat-treated palette to meet EU standards intended to prevent insects from crossing the ocean along with the intended shipment.

In a nutshell, consult an experienced freight shipper and pin down the exact materials you'll need for your item, whether it's a painting, furniture, sculpture, or any other item your auction house buyers are ready to bid on.

Before the Auction, Know Your Restricted Items

Auction house shipping best practices start with who you know you can sell to beforehand. Every country has some notable quirks when it comes to which items they do and don't allow in as exports. Hungary, however, is particularly open these days, with the vast majority of exports allowed without need to apply for a license, as per the U.S. embassy.

Current restrictions to Hungary are largely the result of larger restrictions from the European Union. For auction house shipping, a handful of these general restrictions may be notable, including:

Finding the Right International Freight Shipper

You should have a hands-on role in shipping your delicate antiques and other auction items. But the actual packing and shipping process should be handled by a professional.

Try to find a Houston shipper with  experience in shipping antiques. The needs of an auctioneer require a different touch as contrasted with freight shippers that largely deal in textiles.


If you have any further questions about auction house shipping from Houston to Hungary, please contact us to learn more!

 

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