Pack n Send Blog

Reasons to Consider Shipping and Crating Christmas Gifts

Posted on Tue, Dec 03, 2013

When choosing gifts for friends and family members, you’ve no doubt went to a great deal of effort to find them just the right one. In order to ensure your gift arrives safely, here are occasions when it might be best to consider shipping and crating them to your loved ones rather than delivering them yourself.

If you’re traveling by plane or bus, getting through the terminal with a large number of packages could be quite cumbersome to do. Not only that, but you could be subject to extra baggage fees, and clearing security checkpoints could be a virtual nightmare. When you ship your gifts ahead of time, you can focus on making your connection rather than worrying about handling packages.

You could want to ship packages even if you are traveling by car. Depending upon the size of your gifts, you might just find there is no room left over for your own luggage, or that you are unable to fit everyone in the car after all your packages are loaded. Even if you do have room for everything, you risk damaging your gifts if you experience a flat tire and need to unload your trunk in order to change it. You do not want to leave the gifts on the back seat of your car as you make a stop for gas or food. Unsavory individuals may consider this a time to to for their “free” gift shopping.

If you’re giving someone an especially large gift, you may find that handling it yourself is too awkward to do. Having a professional moving company take care of this task for you will ensure that you don’t strain your back and wind up spending your Christmas holiday feeling miserable.  

Here at Pack N Send, we can advise you how to ship gifts of any size, and can ensure your Christmas packages get safely to their destination. To find out more, contact us in Houston at 713 266 1450

If you are planning on shipping gifts internationally, it is best to ship as early as possible. There may be customs to consider in the country that you are shipping the gifts to. We have listed below  the countries that we ship to.  Please call ahead to make sure that you can ship the item that you have purchased to the country of your choice.

Afghanistan

Albania

Algeria

American Samoa

Andorra

Angola

Anguilla

Antigua and Barbuda

Argentina

Armenia

Aruba

Australia

Austria

Azerbaijan
B
ahamas

Bahrain

Bangladesh

Barbados

Baruba

Belarus

Belize

Belgium

Benin

Bermuda

Bhutan

Bolivia |

Bonaire

Botswana

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Brazil

Brittish Virgin Islands

Brunei

Bulgaria

Burkina Faso

Burundi
C
ambodia

Cameroon

Canada

Cape Verde

Cayman Islands

|Chile

China

Colombia

Congo

Congo Republic of

Cook Island

Costa Rica

Croatia

Curaco

Cyprus

Czech Republic
  
Denmark

Djibouti

Dominica

Dominican Republic
East Timor

Ecuador

Egypt

El Salvador

Eritrea

Estonia

Ethiopia

Faeroe Islands
 
Fijii

Finland

France

French Guinana

French Polynesia
 
Gabon

The Gambia

Germany

Georgia

Ghana

Gibraltar

Greece

Greenland

Grenada

Guadeloupe

Guam

Guatemala

Guinea

Guyana
 
Haiti

Honduras

Hong Kong

Hungary  
Iceland

India

Indonesia

Iraq

Ireland

Israel

Italy

Ivory Coast


Jamaica

Japan

Jordan
Kazakhstan

Kenya

Kuwait

Kyrgyzstan
Laos

Latvia

Lebanon

Lesotho

Liberia

Libya

Libyan Arab Jamahiriy

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg
Macao

Macedonia

Madagascar

Malawi

Malaysia

Maldives

Mali

Malta

Marshall Islands

Martinique

Mauritania

Mauritius

Mexico

Micronesia

Moldova

Monaco

Mongolia

Montenegro

Montserrat

Morocco

Mozambique

Namibia

Nepal

Netherlands

Netherlands Antilles

New Caledonia

New Zealand

Nicaragua

Niger

Nigeria

Norway
Oman
 
Pakistan

Palau

Palestine

Panama

Papa New Guinea

Paraguay

Peru

Phillipines

Poland

Portugal

Puerto Rico
Qatar

Reunion
 
Romania

Russia

Rwanda

Saba

Saipan (Northern Mariana Islands)

Samoa

San Marino

Saudi Arabia

Senegal

Serbia

Seychelles

Singapore

Slovak Republic

Slovenia

South Africa

South Korea

Spain

Sri Lanka

St. Barthelemy

St. Eustatius

St. Kitts and Nevis

St. Lucia

St. Maarten

St. Vincent

Suriname

Swaziland

Sweden

Switzerland

Syria
Taiwan

Tanzania

Thailand

Tonga

Tongo

Trinidad and Tobago

Tunisia

Turkey

Turks and Caicos Islands
Uganda

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom

United States of America

U.S. Virgin Islands

Uruguay

Uzbekistan

Vanuatu

Vatican City
Venezuela

Vietnam

Wallis and Futuna
Yemen
Zambia

Zimbabwe

 

Tags: Christmas Shipping, crating

APO/FPO/DPO USPS Holiday Shipping Dates

Posted on Wed, Oct 30, 2013

Direct Link to all 2013 Holiday Shipping dates published by USPS

http://about.usps.com/mailpro/2013/septoct/page6.htm 

The rates for shipping to APo/FPO/DPO are published below

2013 Holiday Shipping Dates 

Military
  Mail

  Addressed to:

Priority
  Mail Express Military Service (PMEMS)1

First-Class
  Mail Letters and Cards

Priority
  Mail

Parcel
  Airlift Mail (PAL)2

Space
  Available Mail (SAM)3

Standard
  Post

APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 090-092

Dec.17

Dec. 10

Dec. 10

Dec. 3

Nov. 26

Nov. 12

APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIP 093

N/A

Dec. 3

Dec. 3

Dec. 3

Nov. 26

Nov. 12

APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 094-098

Dec.17

Dec. 10

Dec. 10

Dec. 3

Nov. 26

Nov. 12

APO/FPO/DPO AA ZIP 340

Dec.17

Dec. 10

Dec. 10

Dec. 3

Nov. 26

Nov. 12

APO/FPO/DPO AP ZIPs 962-966

Dec.17

Dec. 10

Dec. 10

Dec. 3

Nov. 26

Nov. 12

1 PMEMS: is available to selected military/diplomatic Post
Offices. Check with your local Post Office to determine if this service is
available to an APO/FPO/DPO address.

2 PAL: is a service that provides air
transportation for parcels on a space-available basis. It is available for
Standard Post items not exceeding 30 pounds in weight or 60 inches in length
and girth combined. The applicable PAL fee must be paid in addition to the
regular surface price for each addressed piece sent by PAL service.

3 SAM: parcels are paid at Standard Post prices
with maximum weight and size limits of 15 pounds and 60 inches in length and
girth combined. SAM parcels are first transported domestically by surface and
then to overseas destinations by air on a space-available basis.
 

Pack n send is posting these dates to help out military families that are planning out their holiday shipping of packages.


 

Tags: Christmas Shipping, Houston Shipping

Advice for holiday shipping from Houston Logistics & Crating Company

Posted on Mon, Nov 12, 2012

Thanksgiving is around the corner.  And, Christmas follows soon after.   With more and more families traveling for Thanksgiving and staying at home for Christmas, we are offering advice earlier in the year. Once you’ve bought the gifts for friends and family you need to pack up your presents and ship them.

Our best advice is to ship very early. When carriers have an overload of packages being shipped all at once, there are bound to be more errors in the deliveries.

 With so many people sending gifts across the country, you need to think strategically about when, how and where you'll send. Logistics is the answer. Plan ahead and use the most cost effective way to ship your gifts. Keep reading for solid tips on avoiding shipping headaches this holiday season.

1. Go with an experienced shipping company. Use an experienced packing company to pack and ship your holiday presents. How sad to buy a lovely vase and have it damaged during shipping. Packing professionals will know how to handle your delicate gifts.

If you are shipping family heirlooms, always let an experienced mover or shipping company pack and ship these for you. Some things are worth paying for, and irreplaceable items surely fall into this category. If one of your antiques needs to be crated, ask the company if they build a custom wood crate to specifically fit the item that you are shipping.

2. Send items early, even if you are taking a plane. Having your gifts arrive separately spares you the hassle of carrying items through the airport. You also avoid the extra baggage fees. Many companies will pick up, pack, gift wrap and ship your packages for you. One less worry!!

An added bonus? Family members will wait with anticipation when they see a box of gifts arrive at their doorstep.

3. Ship early, ship early, ship early. This cannot be stressed enough times. If you are looking at saving money, you do not want to wait and ship until the last minute. Overnight shipping is more expensive, as is two day and three day shipping. Ground shipping is reliable, and not nearly as expensive.

The major shipping companies list the last day you should ship and hope to get your package there on time, but, starting the day after Thanksgiving guarantees by the major shipping companies are adjusted or suspended until after Christmas. This is due to the weather and volume of packages.

4.Use UPS, Fed Ex and DHL. When you use these companies, you can track your package from the time it leaves the store until the time it is delivered. The satisfaction of knowing exactly when it has arrived at its final destination is great.

5. Ship suitcases before you travel. Suitcase shipping starts to pick up this time of year - and with good reason. With crowded airports and extra fees imposed by the airlines, customers now request luggage pick up at their home or office and delivery at their final destination. Pick up service for your luggage can also be arranged for the trip home. 

When it comes to Christmas and holiday shipping, plan ahead, ship early and go with an experienced shipper.

6.  Go ahead and send furniture as gifts. If you plan on giving a piece of furniture as a gift, look for a company that specializes in logistics that can arrange delivery for this piece of furniture either a few days before Christmas, or even on Christmas Eve.

If we can answer any of your holiday shipping, logistics, packing, freight or moving  questions, please call us in Houston at 713-266-1450, or visit us at www.pack-n-send.com.

Happy Holiday Shipping!


Tags: Christmas Shipping, Houston Logistics

Christmas Shipping from Houston to APO/FPO/SPO

Posted on Wed, Dec 01, 2010

 Cutoff dates for Priority Mail

Cut off for Christmas Delivery to the following zip codes is December 10, 2010

APO/FPO/DPO Zip codes 962-966

APO/FPO/DPO Zip code 340

APO/FPO/DPO Zip codes 094-098

APO/FPO/DPO Zip codes 090-092

stars and stripes

Cut off for Christmas Delivery to the following zip code is

December 14, 2010

APO/FPO/DPO Zip code 093

Pack n send is updating Holiday shipping dates for our customers. As we receive more current or updated information, we will continue to update our blog.

For information about shipping machinery, computers and freighting of furniture both within the United States and world wide, please feel free to contact pack n send at 713 266 1450.

Tags: Christmas Shipping, APO Shipping, Houston, Shipping