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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

Art Work Shipping Needed by Companies Selling off Art

Posted on Thu, Apr 07, 2011

The Associated Press has an article about companies selling off art work.  While some are using the money to pay off debt others are re evaluating their art colletions.

First it was individuals selling art work, then Universities, now banks and companies.  At pack n send we have put on ebay art work for customers.

While it has sold, the customers have asked substantially less than the appraised value.  As clients also need cash, they are  delving into their art reserves as a way to make quick money.

We have seen companies that are closing put up both their high value art work as well as their framed posters and  prints.  It has been good for both the sellers and the buyers.

At pack n send we build custom crates for the higher valued pieces, and box the lower priced  items.  Delicate statues are crated, while the less expensive, less valuable statutes are double bubbled,  put in a box with peanuts and then put inside another box for shipping.

For more information about pack n sends crating and art shipping please contact us at 713 266 1450.

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Freight and Cargo Seminar

Posted on Wed, Aug 18, 2010

Pack n send is publishing this article from Handy  Shipping News as a service to our customers.

Shipping News Feature

US - Always keen to promote  innovation  and  education throughout the shipping industry, German heavy lift and oversize project freight specialists Beluga  Shipping  GmbH is the latest company to support a short  course designed to fast-track project cargo management skills that otherwise may take years to acquire.

Beluga will join the sponsors supporting the Certificate of Achievement in Project Cargo Management that will be offered during the education component of the 21st Annual JoC Breakbulk Americas Transportation Conference & Exhibition at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston from 12th to 15th October.

Port Corpus Christi is also a sponsor of the training that will be run over two days from October 14-15 and is a joint venture initiative between the JoC Break Bulk Conferences (a division of UBM Global Trade) and international over dimensional 3PL network, Project Professionals Group. Course trainer and the general manger of the Project Professionals Group, Kevin Stephens, said the support from the project forwarding industry was much appreciated and showed that they were committed to education and training that delivered a higher standard of handling services for clients:

“Understanding how to manage multimodal project cargoes is extremely challenging and increasing skills through practical training is in everybody’s best interests to ensure the successful delivery of the freight.”

For more information about freight and cargo shipping as well as household goods shipping overseas, please fell free to contact pack n send at 713 266 1450.

 

Tags: Cargo Shipping from Houston, cargo shipping, crating

More Challenges for the Cargo and Shipping Industry

Posted on Wed, Aug 11, 2010

  • Global Warming
  • Now that a one hundred square ice piece has broken off a glacier, the cargo ships now face a new peril. 

    After dealing with pirates and colliding ships this floating island is another worry for boat captains.

     This ice island break off follows six months of unusually warm record.  These past six months have recorded the warmest temperatures since 1962.

    Since glaciers are melting faster than any one had anticipated, they are adding to threats of flooding coastal cities all over the world.

    It should take approximately two years for this latest breakaway piece of ice to melt. At this point, the worry is that the iceberg may head toward shipping lanes off of the Canadian Coast, and also in the North Atlantic Ocean.

    By monitoring the progress of this large ice mass, ships should be able to adjust their course during the next two year time period.

    For information about freight and cargo shipping, please contact pack n send at 713 266 1450.

      

     

     

     

    Tags: cargo, cargo shipping, cargo containers, custom packing, crating

    Temporary Shutdown of Freight and Oil Terminal

    Posted on Tue, Jul 20, 2010

    China– The North Eastern port of Dalian which had been closed to freight traffic has just reopened.  Friday there was  after a huge explosion and fire left the oil terminal there in flames. The explosion was caused by a pipe from the tanker caught fire.  The pipe exploded  and then burst  an adjacent pipeline which also ignited.

     There is a cleanup underway with about 800 vessels. It is reported that they hope to have the clean up completed by July 24th. At this point in time, due to heavy winds and rains, the 800 vessels have exited the area until the weather improves.

     Both Chinas oil and grain markets are affected by the closure of this port.

     Pack n send monitors ports throughout the world.  When we ship cargo and freight, we watch water ways and ports that are affected by both closures and personnel strikes.

     For information on packing, crating shipping and freighting, please contact pack n send at 713 266 1450.  We offer both domestic and international shipping.

     

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    Harris County and City of Houston Reappoint James T. Edmonds to Sixth Term as Port Commission Chairman

    Posted on Wed, Jun 23, 2010

    Pack n send is posting this press release issued by the Port Authority of Houston.  Pack n send ships cargo and containers through the port of Houston. 

    Freight shipping from Houston has a major impact on the Houston economy.

    By unanimous vote, the Harris County Commissioners Court and the Houston City Council today jointly re-appointed James T. Edmonds as chairman of the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority. County commissioners and city council members gathered at Houston City Council Chambers for the re-appointment vote.

    "I am deeply honored and grateful for the confidence Harris County Commissioners and the Houston City Council have expressed in me since I was first appointed chairman in 2000," Edmonds said. "I will work even harder over the next two years to ensure that confidence is well-placed."

    Initially appointed to the port commission in October 1996 to represent Harris County, Edmonds was first appointed chairman in 2000 by the city and the county. Edmonds is also a member of the board of commissioners for the Houston Pilots Association. Port of Houston Authority (PHA) commissioners serve two-year terms without pay.

    Under Edmonds' leadership as chairman, PHA has implemented some of the most innovative initiatives in environmental stewardship, security and facility operations while experiencing the most aggressive growth, capital expansion and profitability in the organization's 96-year history.

    "I'm glad to see Jim Edmonds reappointed for another term as chairman of the Port of Houston Authority," said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. "It's in times of economic uncertainty like these that Jim's foresight and calm, steady guidance are most needed. All of us in Harris County benefit from Jim's experience and wisdom."

    The port authority made history in 2002, when it became the first U.S. port facility to implement an Environmental Management System (EMS) that meets the rigorous parameters of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 system. Under Edmonds' leadership, the port authority continues to set standards in environmental stewardship and security measures. In 2008, PHA became the world's first port authority to initiate a Security Management System worthy of certification for ISO 28000:2007. In 2009, the recertification of its EMS raised the bar yet higher, with the additional certification of the Bayport Container Terminal. Opened in February 2007, the Bayport terminal has added to PHA's capability to process 1.8 million in container TEUs annually.

    Houston Mayor Annise Parker stated, "I am pleased to join Harris County Commissioners and Houston City Council in reappointing Jim Edmonds as chairman of the Port of Houston Authority. He is a proven leader who has guided the port through a period of unprecedented growth and environmental advances. Keeping him at the helm will help ensure this progress continues."

    In addition to operating or leasing the public port facilities, the Port of Houston Authority is the sponsor of the Houston Ship Channel. In 2009, Chairman Edmonds worked closely with U.S. Rep. Gene Green and other members of the Texas congressional delegation to help the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers receive $98.8 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. It was the largest single allocation of federal funding for infrastructure projects the channel had ever received. The waterway's impact on the region includes about 785,000 jobs and $118 billion in economic activity. Across the U.S., 1.5 million jobs and $285 billion worth of economic activity are related to the ship channel.

    Edmonds' leadership also enabled the port authority to play a major role in advancing railroad transportation efficiency by helping create the state's first Gulf Coast Rail District. The Houston Ship Channel Security District also gained state legislative approval during Edmonds' tenure. Both projects are highly regarded for setting standards of excellence in public- private partnerships.

    The completion of the $700 million Houston Ship Channel deepening and widening project in 2005 is considered a testament to Edmonds' strength in building coalitions among congressional members and various local stakeholders. In addition to enhancing navigational safety for commercial vessels, the project created more than 4,200 acres of wetlands and wildlife habitats.

    PHA's opportunities with small businesses also were elevated under Edmonds' leadership. In 2002, PHA created and implemented its Small Business Development program with a 35 percent participation goal and - since its inception - the program has awarded nearly $285 million in PHA eligible contracts to registered firms.

    In addition to his civic service with the Port of Houston, Edmonds also serves as a board member of the Memorial Hermann Hospital System, Gulf Coast Rail District, I-69 TxDOT Advisory Committee, and the Alliance for I-69 Texas. Edmonds is president of Edmonds & Company, a business consulting firm. business consulting firm.

    For more information on shipping freight through the Port of Houston, please contact pack n send at 713 266 1450.

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