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Three Tips for Chandelier Shipping

Posted on Thu, Mar 13, 2014

So you have found the perfect chandelier. Whether it is made out of crystal, wrought iron, wood or ceramic or antler horns, there will be a safe way to ship your chandelier.


 You know it will look great hanging over the dining room table. The only problem is you are on vacation in a completely different part of the country than where you live. You need to ship your chandelier home, and you want to make sure it gets there safely. There are three things you will want to consider when it comes to chandelier shipping.


Look for a company that has experience shipping chandeliers.  We have listed below a few questions that you should ask.


 For shipping, specialized crates must be for each chandelier. The crates need to be lined with Styrofoam and then most chandeliers should  be hung for shipping. Chandeliers needs to be braced or the space filled with peanuts for safe travel.


 For crystal and glass chandeliers pieces will need to be cushioned separately with soft Styrofoam or bubble wrap. Each and every chandelier will need to be looked at separately to determine the safest way to pack it for safe shipping. Designers and private individuals ship chandeliers as well as individuals purchasing chandeliers for overseas shipping.
Office buildings throughout the country are hanging chandeliers in their atriums.


When looking for someone to crate your chandelier look for a company that has expertise in shipping high value and delicate items. Make sure that your chandelier is fully valued for both loss and damage.


If you are shipping your chandelier internationally, make sure that you have requested wood that can be used to ship outside of the United States. If your chandelier is valued for more than $2500, be ready to pay to have international documentation prepared in addition to the commercial invoice.


Here are some other helpful questions you should ask about the company that you are looking at using when you are considering shipping a chandelier.


1. You should ask how they are going to pack your chandelier. Do they take it apart to ship it? If they do take it apart, are all the parts ships in the same container, or will you be getting several boxes or crates? What sort of materials do they pack it in, and how do you know that will properly protect your chandelier? Do not be afraid to ask these questions. It is important to know your chandelier is properly packaged to ensure safe delivery.

 
2. Know their reputation for shipping chandeliers. If the company has never shipped a chandelier before, you might want to reconsider using them. You should get a feel for the company’s reputation concerning shipping chandeliers. If possible, talk to someone else who has used them for the same service or for a similar shipping need. Previous customers can give you a good feel for what to expect.


3. You should know how long it will take to ship it, and if you are shipping across state or country lines or to another country, make sure you know if there are any added costs for the service. It is also important to make sure the company can ship your chandelier to its ultimate destination. If you are going to be traveling for a while, and you do not want your chandelier to beat you home, it would be a good idea to know how soon you should have the company send your chandelier. Some companies also build specific crates for your chandelier’s trip. It is a good idea to know if that service is going to require extra time and if you will need to let the company know in advance you need a container for your product.


If you would like more information, please Contact us  at pack n send in Houston to learn more about chandelier shipping options.

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Antique Shipping Houston- A Special Service

Posted on Wed, Feb 23, 2011

 

 Antique desk on display at the old courthouse museum in Tombstone, Arizona.

Antique shipping and moving is a very specialized service.  When you want to move just a small amount of antique furniture, you can have it custom crated and then freighted. 

Some pieces of antique furniture can go on a pallet, surrounding the furniture with protection and stretch wrap, and shipping the furniture via truck to its new city.

Some pieces will need to be custom crated. The crate will need to be built specifically to fit your antique.

The crating company should have years of experience both handling and valuing antiques. Remember: every crate will need to be built to specifically fit your individual item.

If you have many pieces of antique furniture you may use a special mover that specializes in moving antiques.

Make sure they know how to properly pack and prepare the furniture for your move.  Some of it may be blanket wrapped, some of it may be wrapped in flexible cardboard and some may need to be crated for the move.

You will want to make sure that you have a current appraisal before valuing the antique for shipping.

If you are shipping antique sculptures or art work, look for a firm that specializes in packing and crating high value items from one city to another.

Finding a company that can offer varied services when shipping antiques will help save you money.  You want to make sure that your antiques arrive in pristine condition.

For help with antique furniture shipping or if you have any questions about shipping antiques, please feel free to contact pack n send at  713 266 1450.

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Chandelier Shipping Houston

Posted on Fri, Feb 18, 2011

 

Swarovski crystal chandelier

With new homes adding chandeliers as enticement to purchase homes and older residences  adding chandeliers as an  enhancement,  chandeliers are now being shipped throughout the world

Most chandeliers are now made out of crystal, wrought iron, wood or ceramic.  

 For shipping purposes specialized crates must be for each chandelier. The crates need to be lined with Styrofoam, and then the chandelier must be  hung for shipping. The chandelier needs to be braced or fill the space with peanuts for safe travel.

 For crystal and glass chandeliers pieces will need to be cushioned separately with soft Styrofoam or bubble wrap. Each and every chandelier will need to be looked at separately to determine the safest way to pack it for safe shipping. Designers and private individuals ship chandeliers as well as individuals purchasing chandeliers for overseas shipping.

Office buildings throughout the country are hanging chandeliers in their atriums.

In Texas, deer antler chandeliers are popular.  These also require special wrapping and packing before placement inside specially made crates.

When looking for someone to crate your chandelier look for a company that has expertise shipping delicate and high value items.  Make sure that you chandelier is fully valued for both loss and damage.

For more information on safe chandelier shipping, please fell free to contact pack n send at 713 266 1450.

 

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Cargo Shipping Houston, Delayed

Posted on Wed, Oct 06, 2010

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 Pack n send is posting this article from the Houston Chronicle.  This is the most current update on the closure of the Houston ship channel.  While it was anticipated that the ship channel would be open this morning, it looks like there is a slight delay.

 Ship Channel closure could be lifted today

By ZAIN SHAUK and JENALIA MORENO
HOUSTON CHRONICLE

Problems clearing electrical tower delayed plans to reopen sooner

 After encountering unexpected difficulties Tuesday in clearing a damaged electrical tower from the Houston Ship Channel, workers hope today to end a three-day bottleneck at the Port of Houston.

At least 70 ships, including 33 oil tankers, were waiting Tuesday to leave or dock at the port. The U.S. Coast Guard cut off access to about three-fourths of the 150 terminals Sunday after a tug pushing three barges crashed into the 300-foot-tall electrical tower.

An average of two dozen vessels move through the port daily, generating about $322 million in economic activity.

Houston-area refiners receive crude oil shipments through the channel and have said that so far they've been able to continue operations using oil already on hand.

"Certainly having the Ship Channel open will improve conditions for everyone and we're eager to see the channel opened as quickly as possible," said David Harpole, a spokesman for LyondellBasell.

Valero had not expected a crude shipment before today, and a spokesman said its operations were not affected.

Unexpected delays

The Coast Guard and CenterPoint Energy, which owns the tower, had hoped to reopen the channel Tuesday night, but faced delays in cutting down some of the 14 cables — including 12 high-voltage wires — from the damaged structure, which was leaning precariously on one of the barges involved in the collision

An investigation continues into the cause of Sunday's accident.

Tuesday afternoon, a crew of 40 using four barges, two cranes and three tugboats was removing a cable from the tower when the cable hung up on other equipment, one of several unexpected delays, said Capt. Marcus Woodring, the Coast Guard's sector commander in the Houston-Galveston area.

"That's going to take a little while to untangle," he said. "It's not a showstopper, it'll get untangled, but it's just one of those unforeseen things."

No electricity was flowing through the lines.

After removing the cables, CenterPoint was expected to begin an operation to sever the steel tower from its crumpled base in the waterway, Woodring said.

"We have a shearing tool — like a hydraulic cutter — that hopefully will cut through the legs very easily and then we'll be able to lay the tower down on a barge," he said.

"We have a shearing tool — like a hydraulic cutter — that hopefully will cut through the legs very easily and then we'll be able to lay the tower down on a barge," he said.

Some optimism

Meantime, shipping companies awaited word on when they can resume transiting the channel.

"Every day that goes on, it gets more and more serious and there are more backups," said Niels Aalund, vice president of the West Gulf Maritime Association, which represents 183 shipping industry firms. Still, he said, "there's optimism that this can get opened up quickly."

Buffalo Marine Service, a Houston bunkering company, continues to work in terminals that remain open in Galveston and Texas City. But its business in the closed area of the channel has come to a halt.

"If there aren't any ships coming in that need fuel, we don't have much work to do," said company Vice President Chuck King.

For information about Houston shipping, crating and freighting, please contact pack n send at 713 266 1450.

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