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Important Things to Know when Choosing Equipment Shipping Company

Posted on Tue, Oct 15, 2013

Whether you are relocating or buying things on eBay, you need to be sure that your items will get to their destination in one piece. It does not matter whether the items you are shipping
are valuable or fragile, you need to choose a company that will ensure your items arrive safely and on time.

There are a number of reasons why you need to use professionals. For starters, they have the necessary experience and expertise. In addition to packing and shipping simple things like your
household furniture, they also deal with chinaware, sculptures and even paintings. It is interesting to note that there are companies out there that also transport prototypes.

 Another benefit of hiring professionals is that they help you save not only time and money but precious energy as well. Choose a company that has been in business for a significant amount of time, and is able to make the shipping arrangements easily. Consider over 15 years as your
benchmark for the number of years.

You do not want to waste a lot of time if you were to personally make transport arrangements. Think of how much energy you would spend tracking down blank newsprint, the proper size bubble wrap, Styrofoam, the proper size box and  looking for packing materials. 

If you are shipping large pieces of equipment, you need to consider shipping the equipment via freight. Look for a company that can pick up, pack and palletize your freight shipment. If it is
going to a business, check to make sure there is a loading dock at the receiving end. If your equipment is going to a residence, be sure to ask for both the residential delivery fee and the lift gate fee. In any case, make sure to have a current contact phone number for the receiver of the equipment.

 

If you are shipping equipment with a small load mover, ask about valuation coverage.

According to marketwatch.com: “Because moving is so costly – both in terms of the price paid to the moving company and the likelihood of lost or damages items – it’s particularly important for consumers to find affordable, but quality, moving company.

This is to say that you should not settle the first company you come across. It is necessary to do your research before settling for a particular company. It is also important that you select
a company with a good reputation. Choose a company that has been in the equipment shipping business for a considerable period of time as it is likely to be experienced and stable.

If you are shipping your equipment in an international destination, be sure to ask about cubic meter shipping, as well as 20 foot and 40 foot containerized shipping.

If you are planning to move equipment and still have questions, do not hesitate to

 contact pack n send in Houston. It does not matter whether the move is domestic or international; you need to be sure to find a company that will ensure that all your items arrive intact and on time.

For our international customers, we have listed below the countries that we can ship to on your behalf.

Afghanistan

Albania

Algeria

American Samoa

 Andorra

 Angola

Anguilla

 Antigua and Barbuda

Argentina

Armenia

Aruba

 Australia

 Austria

Azerbaijan


Bahamas

Bahrain

Bangladesh

 Barbados

Baruba

Belarus

 Belize

 Belgium

 Benin

Bermuda

Bhutan

 Bolivia
|

Bonaire

Botswana

Bosnia and
Herzegovina

 Brazil

BrittishVirgin Islands

 Brunei

Bulgaria

 Burkina Faso

Burundi


Cambodia

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: Crating and Packing Houston, Equipment Shipping

Trade Show Advice Around the World from Houston Freight Co.

Posted on Fri, Jun 07, 2013

We are offering a few observations and suggestions about trade shows in today’s economy.

 Exposure is everything. Without business contacts and new customers most businesses will stay stagnant or decline in size. The objective here is growing your business. Trade shows are an excellent way to show interested customers what services and goods you offer and to update current clients on new products that your company is offering for sale. Trade shows also give you the chance to see what other businesses in your selling arena are offering their customers.

 We recommend sending two teams to trade shows. One team is to sell at a trade show. The other team you take should scope out your competitors and see what they are doing to attract clients. In a multi day trade show, why not have some employees to out the first day and see if there are possible business contacts that your company would like to attract. On days two and three, high level executives can zero in on these contacts and meet with their trade show representatives.  

 In a sense, you also need to be careful when sending out your best employees to trade show.  This is a great mining way for companies to hire employees from competing companies.

 There are few rules to follow when shipping booths to trade show exhibits. First and foremost when preparing for an out of town trade show, make sure that your booth is shipped in a crate or container that can be reused for shipping after the trade show.  Look for a crate builder that specializes in commercial crating. The center where you have the trade show should be able to store this container for you during the trade show.

 The trade show should provide its own outline of requirements. However, here are a few suggestions to ensure a hitch-free exhibit:

 Contact your shipping company well in advance of the trade show.  Ask for accurate shipping times. This way, you will be able to receive the most cost effective quote.

If you are going to a trade show outside of the United States. There may be special requirement for any films or DVDs that you may want to have running at your trade show. Think modesty in dress, or alcohol and cigarettes. Review these guidelines before your make your video.  For example: Singapore has its own regulations and care should be taken when planning to attend a trade show in Singapore. We recommend that you do not carry your videos with you when you travel. It may delay your customs clearance.

 Be advised while promptness is a wonderful quality for any business…usually…, it’s best to not ship your exhibit too far in advance. If you do happen to ship your exhibit early you are responsible for any freight you have sent. The receiving venue should provide you with receiving dates for the trade show that you are attending.  They have these in place for a reason, since they probably have back to back trade shows scheduled. Although some hotels may accept your freight, if you ship it to the hotel that you are staying at, you are still responsible to transport your exhibit to the trade show.

Lots of exhibits rely on giveaways containing product branding.  Again; here you will need to check the countries local laws for compliance. Some goods may be subject to duties or taxes. Prohibited items may be confiscated and not returned to your company.

Ask for the layout of the venue at least one week in advance. This will help you know if you need extra lighting or extra extension cords for your visit.

 When it comes to packing make sure your equipment and displays are packed properly. You can either do it yourself or have a packing specialist do it for you.

 We have offered only a few suggestions but they should help you have trade show that will you to focus on developing new business   and assist getting your product and information out in the public.

 For more suggestions about setting up for trade shows and trade show shipping, please feel free to contact pack n send in Houston. We not only handle domestic trade show shipping, but also international freight shipping from Houston Texas.

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Dads Gifts for Father's Day from Houston Shipping Company

Posted on Mon, Jun 03, 2013

Father’s Day is approaching quickly.  If you need to send your gift to your father, this blog has gift ideas as well as information about your shipping options. While we do list gift cards in some of these ideas, Father’s Day may be the one time that you should pick out a special gift that your Father can keep and cherish.

This year we are adding items that you probably would like to skip buying for Father’s Day. We recommend staying away from items that would indicate that you expect more work from your father.

Tools are always nice, but we have compiled at list of common and not so common gifts for Father’s Day.

New pictures of your children, Picture Frames, Gardening tools, Tools, Custom Mugs, Watches, Wallets, Personalize Magazine cover prints, Digital Photo Frame, Engraved Photo Frame, Socks, Shirts, Band Aids, Personalized Cookie Jar, Spa Gift Certificate, Candy, Gift cards to his favorite restaurant, Chocolate, Gift cards to the movies, Magazine Subscription, Tickets to a sporting event, A new cell phone, Candles, A new tablet, Glider, Outdoor Furniture, Noise reducing earphones, Comforter, Fruit and Nut Basket, Cheese Basket, Monogrammed Towel, Monogrammed Bath Robe, Hat, Buffet, New Furniture, Money clip, Breakfast, Dinner, Homemade cards, New Flat Screen TV, A weekend getaway with friends 

Unless your father is a gardener, try and stay away from gardening tools. Unless your father likes to cook and is a gourmet cook, keep away from new pots and pans, aprons, serving utensils, a new food processor, and a new grill. Unless your father loves to do laundry, now is probably not then best time to surprise him with a new washer or a new dryer. 

You should probably stay away from cleaning supplies. Plan on skipping a new vacuum cleaner, new duster, or a new floor cleaner.  A maid may be a nice treat, if you pair the gift card with sports. Other items to stay away from are books and DVD’s about dieting or the gym or hair implants. For that matter, this is not the day to present dad with any sort of exercise equipment, unless he has specifically asked for it. 

We recommend taking your father to the following places on Father’s Day: The picture show, the boat show, or the car show. 

While pack n send may not have listed every Father’s Day gift that can be shipped, made or given, we have tried to help out the “Gee I cannot think of a gift” customer. 

Here at pack n send, we are recommending that you ship early this year. Due to weather conditions, we suggest that if you live out of town, that you send your gift early. First and foremost, this will save you on overnight shipping charges. Secondly, it will make you look like you did not wait until the last minute to think about your father this Fathers’ Day.  

For children that need to ship internationally, remember that packages are charged based on length, width, height, weight and value of the item that you are shipping.  If you are shipping a large item –think international freight shipping Houston Texas, or international freight from any city in the United States, you will need to look at your options. For antique shipping, you may need a custom built crate, or you may want to consider a blanket wrap move. If you are considering international freight shipping, as a shipper in Houston Texas we recommend shipping by ocean by the cubic meter if possible.

Shipping large items via air can be costly when shipping outside of the United States.  Ocean shipping is an option, but is not as speedy as air shipping. Either way that you ship, you will need to consider the amount of time that it will take an item to clear through customs.  You also need to look at any weather delays.  For ocean shipping, ships can be delayed leaving the United States due, to weather or while the ship is waiting to fill up with more cargo. If you are looking for freight companies in Houston please call pack n send and we will help  answer your  shipping questions

 We wish all of our customers who are fathers, A Happy Father’s Day!

 

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Houston Shipper Offers Advice When Packing Chandeliers

Posted on Thu, May 30, 2013

Many chandeliers are ornate artifacts passed down through families or through. Some are new chandeliers made out of offbeat items.  Think Barbie dolls, antler heads, and cd cases.  Often a grand centerpiece of your room, they proclaim their presence by illuminating and brightening up any room. Few works of art will catch your attention and delight your eyes when you enter a room.

 Whether a family heirloom or crafted for the enjoyment of others or if it  is a chandelier that is to be  used to adorn the entry of a hotel or office building, shipping a chandelier  requires  much attention.

 The process starts with building a custom crate.  This is followed by lining the box with Styrofoam.  We recommend at least a one inch lining to protect the chandelier during shipping. Next, you need to hang the chandelier. For chandeliers with crystals, each crystal may need to be wrapped separately before you hang the chandelier. Usually, the space is filled with peanuts, but some chandeliers may need to be braced for shipping. Any chandelier from modern to elegant will be packed securely. Crafted from many different materials each chandelier will need to be shipped with care.

 Currently, given the trends in environmentally friendly products chandeliers made from reusable items are an excellent way to show off your commitment to sustainability.  Think a chandelier made from milk crates.

 Custom items deserve custom care.  If you happen to be an interior designer and need your chandelier carefully shipped across the country you need to look for a company that has experience shipping chandeliers. If the company you call to ask about shipping does not ask for dimensions, value and composition of your chandelier, then keep looking for someone to ship this for your customer. It is not unusual for a shipping company to also ask for a picture of the chandelier before they quote the packing and shipping.

Here is a list of some common types of chandeliers: Waterfall or Wedding cake,Montgolfiere Chandelier, Neoclassical Chandelier,Regency Style Chandelier and Adam Style.
Each of these chandeliers will be packed just a little differently.

 Interior designers often shop at estate sales in order to find the perfect chandelier for their clients.  An appraisal may be necessary for high value chandeliers. 

  Chandeliers are often moved by movers, but when time is of the essence look for a company that can also ship your chandelier via freight.  You may want to send the chandelier to a job site or to a receiving company if you are designing and entire home for a client.

 At the receiving end of an out of town shipment look for a company that is willing to unpack your chandelier.  If you are moving a chandelier from a residence, be sure to hire an electrician to disconnect the chandelier. Have another electrician ready at the receiving end to hang and connect the chandelier. While a handy man may be less expensive, we recommend using a licensed electrician.


            Here’s an interesting fact. The largest Bohemian crystal chandelier is located in Istanbul, Turkey. This was a gift from Queen Victoria and weighs 4.5 tons. It also contains 750 lamps. You can find it in the Dolmabahçe Palace. 

While many chandeliers are shipped domestically, there is also a need to ship chandeliers internationally. Look for a packing company that will use wood suitable for international shipping. Search for a freight company that specializes in international shipping.

 For more information on the moving a chandelier within the United States either by moving it or freighting the chandelier, please feel free to contact pack n send  in Houston at 713 266 1450. Pack n send is an international freight shipping company and can answer your questions both about shipping chandeliers, and furniture anywhere in the world.

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Houston Shipping Company Offers Rodeo Shipping Advice for HSLR

Posted on Wed, Jan 30, 2013

Once again Houston is welcoming both domestic and international travelers at the Houston Live Stock Show and Rodeo.

While the rodeo offers world class rodeo entertainment,there is also plenty of shopping to do at the rodeo itself. Since the rodeo runs from February 25 to March 17 2013, many out of town guests will stay for all or part of the rodeo. We suggest eating as you shop to keep up your energy.  The food tents offer a variety of healthy options. There is also healthy food sold in the shopping areas.

Some visitors purchase items such as cowboy boots, cowboy hats and jeans. Jewelry, chocolates, and custom signs are also big sellers at rodeo booths. Others prefer to shop and purchase western furniture or rugs. 

When making your purchases make sure that you have a way to get them delivered either domestically or internationally.

Rodeo customers in Houston contact pack n send to arrange their rodeo shipping. Pick up service is available, and we also pick up at local hotels, motels, rented apartments and homes. Pack n send can ship anything from jewelry to 40 foot containers of purchases worldwide.

We recommend contacting us before your purchase has been completed so that we can give you a price quote. International shippers will want us to accumulate all of their purchases in our warehouse, so that at the end of their stay, we can ship everything at one time.

When purchasing food that is going as an international shipment, please make sure ahead of time that this type of food is permitted to be shipped to your destination country.  This also goes for seeds and many other items.  Jewelry is not permitted to be shipped to some countries.  Please check before you make a purchase.

 Domestic shippers may choose to have their items shipped to various cities throughout the United States. All we need are addresses and phone numbers –and payment of course- in order to complete shipping.

We suggest purchasing the items that you are going to carry around and take back to your hotel at the very end of the day.  This lets you continue to shop without carrying around your purchases. For assistance with your purchases please feel free to call pack n send at 713 266 1450.

We have listed below some of the countries that we can ship to on your behalf.

Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
American Samoa
Andorra
Angola
Anguilla
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Aruba
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Barbados
Baruba
Belarus
Belize
Belgium
Benin
Bermuda
Bhutan
Bolivia|
Bonaire
Botswana
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Brazil
Brittish Virgin Islands
Brunei
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Canada
Cape Verde
Cayman Islands
|Chile
China
Colombia
Congo
Congo Republic of
Cook island
Costa Rica
Croatia
Curaco
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Dominica
Dominican Republic
DPR of Korea Republic
East Timor
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia |
Faeroe Islands
Falkland Islands
Faroc Islands
Fiji
Finland
France
French Guinana
French Polynesia
Gabon
The Gambia
Germany
Gibraltar
Ginvea-Bissau
Ginvea-Exquatorial
Greece
Greenland
Grenada
Guadeloupe
Guam
Guatemala
Guernsey
Guinea
Guinea Republic
Guyana Haiti
Honduras
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran-Islamic Republic of Tersey
Iraq
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Ivory Coast
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Korpa
Kosovo
Kosrae Island
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Libyan Arab Jamahiriy
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macao
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Malta
Marshall Islands
Martinique
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mayotte
Mexico
Micronesia
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Montserrat
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal
Netherlands
Netherlands Antilles
New Caledonia
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Nive
Northern Mariana Islands
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
Panama
Papa New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Phillipines
Poland
Portugal
Puerto Rico
Qatar Reunion
Romania
Rota
Russia
Saipan (Northern Mariana Islands)
Samoa
San Marino
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Slovak Republic
Slovakia
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia
Somaliand
South Africa
South Korea
Spain
Sri Lanka
St. Barthelemy
St. Croix
St. Eustatius
St. John
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Maarten
St. Thomas
St. Vincent
Sudan
Suriname
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland
Tahiti
Taiwan
Tanzania
Thailand
Tinian
Tonga
Tongo
Tortola
Trinidad and Tobago
Turkey
Turks and Caicos Islands
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States of America

United States of America

U.S. Virgin Islands
U.S. Virgin Islands(Brittish)
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Vatican City
Venezuela
Vietnam
Virgin Gorda
Wallis and Futuna
Zimbabwe





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Early Holiday Shipping Advice from Houston Packing Company

Posted on Fri, Oct 05, 2012

 

Updated information about holiday shipping from Houston Custom Crating Company. 

Thanksgiving and Christmas are  around the corner.  With more and more families traveling for Thanksgiving and staying at home for Christmas, we are offering advice earlier in the year. You've bought tons of gifts for friends and family. All you need now is to pack up your presents and ship them, right?

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. 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 shipping company 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, packing, freight or moving  questions, please call us in Houstonat 713-266-1450, or visit us at www.pack-n-send.com.

Happy Holiday Shipping!

Updated information about holiday shipping from Houston Custom Crating Company.

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Mississippi Barge Update from Houston Shipping Company

Posted on Mon, Aug 27, 2012

Pack n send is updating our blog posted on 8 22/2012. 

 Update: The Mississippi River was closed to shipping as of Sunday. It is supposed to reopen some time today.   A barge grounded near Greenville, Miss. This was reported by the Assoicate press.

 There were a total of  thirty nine vessels stranded on the Mississippi.

Prior Article

Pack n send is reprinting this article from Time.com as a service to our customers.  While this article states that the idle barges along the Mississippi, does not directly effect consumers, this shut down does affect businesses on the Gulf Coast.  The crop going for overseas shipping, are not leaving the Gulf Coast Ports. This does effect the jobs and livelihoods of companies and individuals along the Gulf Coast.

  Time.com

Barges and their towboats accumulate alongside the Mississippi banks of the Mississippi River near Greenville,Miss.,Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012. Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers say low water levels …more  that are restricting shipping traffic, forcing harbor closures and causing towboats and barges to run aground on the Mississippi River are expected to continue into October.

 Close to 100 tows sit motionless in the shriveled Mississippi Riveralong an 11-mile stretch outside of Greenville, Miss. For every day a single towboat sits idle, it costs about $10,000. So when you’ve got at least 97 of them stranded, those costs start piling up quickly.

 As the Midwest experiences its worst drought in 50 years, the Mississippi Riveris hitting water levels not seen since 1988, a year viewed by those in the industry as a benchmark of hard times. Back then, hundreds of barges sat idle near the same location that they’re sitting today:Greenville.

 Until now, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had successfully kept river traffic moving by dredging the river, keeping it at a depth of at least nine feet along its 2,300-mile length all summer, only closing ports here and there temporarily.

 But barges and towboats have now piled up near Greenville, forcing the Coast Guard to close an 11-mile stretch to shipping this week. That closure will really start to pinch shipping operators who use the country’s inland waterways to deliver a host of commodities, goods and products across the U.S.

 It’s difficult to determine exactly how much is being lost due to stopped river traffic. For one, many of the companies along the river are not publicly traded and don’t release financial information.

 “Everybody is making guesstimates,” says Dr. Donald Sweeney of the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. “But it all depends on how long the drought lasts.”

 The point of reference is often 1988 when the shipping industry lost an estimated $1 billion. Currently, 100 tows sitting idle at $10,000 a piece is costing operators $1 million daily. And that’s not factoring in the lighter loads that cargo companies have been forced to carry to stay afloat, as well as the smaller number of barges being towed because the river has become narrower. And while the Coast Guard has reported 97 tows backed up along the river, that number’s growing.

 

“More tows are joining the queue by the hour or have just decided to hold where they are now,” says Lynn Muench of the American Waterways Operators via e-mail Tuesday afternoon. “Most tows will wait further upstream or downstream for the sake of safety, so there are a lot more waiting that we are unable to count.”

 Muench says the best-case scenario for opening up the 11-mile stretch for safe passage could take at least several more days as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues dredging the area. Bloomberg News reported that the Coast Guard expected to open up northbound traffic Tuesday, but it will likely take days to get all of the stalled barges moving again.

 CEO of the Port of New Orleans Gary La Grange has estimated that closing the river to shipping altogether would cost the industry $300 million a day. Even with the low water levels, it doesn’t appear that the situation will get as bad as it did in 1988. But for the $180 billion industry, which transports 20% of the country’s coal and 60% ofU.S.grain exports (much of it along the Mississippi), the costs are beginning to mount.

 Fortunately, U.S .consumers aren’t likely to see much change in prices for farm products like corn, which is widely transported along the river. That’s because most crops shipped on the inland waterways are export-bound, says Sweeney. But shipping operators are initially going to be squeezed, and depending on what products they ship – which can be anything from petroleum to heating oil to chemicals – those costs could eventually be felt by consumers later in the year.

 “There won’t be hardly any impact to U.S. consumers for products like corn or soybeans,” says Sweeney. “Who it’s really bad for right now are the barge companies. They are without a doubt incurring greater costs.” And those costs will get worse every day there’s a stoppage.

 “The daily costs increase as more and more vessels are delayed and it takes longer and longer to ultimately return to normal operating conditions,” says Sweeney. We’re unlikely to know how much until the drought has ended and barge operators return to business as usual, which at this point doesn’t seem likely for months.

 Pack n send does not ship on the Mississippi, but does pack, crate and freight furniture and office equipment from Houston,Texas. To contact pack n send, please feel free to call 713 266 1450.

 

 

 

Update: . as reported by the Assoicate press.

 There were a total of  thirty nine vessels stranded on the Mississippi.

 Pack n send is reprinting this article from Time.com as a service to our customers.  While this article states that the idle barges along theMississippi, does not directly effect consumers, this shut down does affect businesses on theGulfCoast.  The crop going for overseas shipping, are not leaving the Gulf Coast Ports. This does effect the jobs and livelihoods of companies and individuals along the Gulf Coast.

 Time.com

 Barges and their towboats accumulate alongside theMississippibanks of theMississippi RivernearGreenville,Miss.,Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012. Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers say low water levels …more  that are restricting shipping traffic, forcing harbor closures and causing towboats and barges to run aground on theMississippi Riverare expected to continue into October.

 Close to 100 tows sit motionless in the shriveled Mississippi Riveralong an 11-mile stretch outside ofGreenville, Miss. For every day a single towboat sits idle, it costs about $10,000. So when you’ve got at least 97 of them stranded, those costs start piling up quickly.

 As theMidwestexperiences its worst drought in 50 years, the Mississippi Riveris hitting water levels not seen since 1988, a year viewed by those in the industry as a benchmark of hard times. Back then, hundreds of barges sat idle near the same location that they’re sitting today:Greenville.

 Until now, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had successfully kept river traffic moving by dredging the river, keeping it at a depth of at least nine feet along its 2,300-mile length all summer, only closing ports here and there temporarily.

 But barges and towboats have now piled up nea rGreenville, forcing the Coast Guard to close an 11-mile stretch to shipping this week. That closure will really start to pinch shipping operators who use the country’s inland waterways to deliver a host of commodities, goods and products across theU.S.

 It’s difficult to determine exactly how much is being lost due to stopped river traffic. For one, many of the companies along the river are not publicly traded and don’t release financial information.

 “Everybody is making guesstimates,” says Dr. Donald Sweeney of the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. “But it all depends on how long the drought lasts.”

 The point of reference is often 1988 when the shipping industry lost an estimated $1 billion. Currently, 100 tows sitting idle at $10,000 a piece is costing operators $1 million daily. And that’s not factoring in the lighter loads that cargo companies have been forced to carry to stay afloat, as well as the smaller number of barges being towed because the river has become narrower. And while the Coast Guard has reported 97 tows backed up along the river, that number’s growing.

 “More tows are joining the queue by the hour or have just decided to hold where they are now,” says Lynn Muench of the American Waterways Operators via e-mail Tuesday afternoon. “Most tows will wait further upstream or downstream for the sake of safety, so there are a lot more waiting that we are unable to count.”

 Muench says the best-case scenario for opening up the 11-mile stretch for safe passage could take at least several more days as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues dredging the area. Bloomberg News reported that the Coast Guard expected to open up northbound traffic Tuesday, but it will likely take days to get all of the stalled barges moving again.

 CEO of thePortofNew Orleans Gary La Grangehasestimated that closing the river to shipping altogether would cost the industry $300 million a day. Even with the low water levels, it doesn’t appear that the situation will get as bad as it did in 1988. But for the $180 billion industry, which transports 20% of the country’s coal and 60% ofU.S.grain exports (much of it along the Mississippi), the costs are beginning to mount.

 Fortunately, U.S .consumers aren’t likely to see much change in prices for farm products like corn, which is widely transported along the river. That’s because most crops shipped on the inland waterways are export-bound, says Sweeney. But shipping operators are initially going to be squeezed, and depending on what products they ship – which can be anything from petroleum to heating oil to chemicals – those costs could eventually be felt by consumers later in the year.

 “There won’t be hardly any impact to U.S .consumers for products like corn or soybeans,” says Sweeney. “Who it’s really bad for right now are the barge companies. They are without a doubt incurring greater costs.” And those costs will get worse every day there’s a stoppage.

 “The daily costs increase as more and more vessels are delayed and it takes longer and longer to ultimately return to normal operating conditions,” says Sweeney. We’re unlikely to know how much until the drought has ended and barge operators return to business as usual, which at this point doesn’t seem likely for months.

 Pack n send does not ship on the Mississippi, but does pack, crate and freight furniture and office equipment, and artwork from Houston,Texas. To contact pack n send, please feel free to call 713 266 1450.

 

 

 

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Computer Shipping - Houston Company Answers Questions

Posted on Fri, Jun 22, 2012

 Pack n send is addressing computer shipping separately from electronics shipping in this blog.  Customers call us with questions frequently about how to pack computers.

When looking for a company that can pack and  ship your computers ,make sure that they offer  shipping options.  They should be able to ship boxes, pallets, truckloads or containers of electronics.

Be sure to ask questions about packing. Does the company you choose have experience packing and shipping high value computers.

The computers should be packed as follows:

 Individual computers should be  prepared for shipping using antistatic plastic or bubble wrap. Once the computer is wrapped, it should put into a double wall box with a minimum of 3" of Styrofoam peanuts or solid Styrofoam pieces protecting the electronics equipment.

Large quantities of computers should be boxed and then placed on pallets framed with 1x4’s, Styrofoam and thick cardboard.  Protective wrap should  then put  around the entire pallet.  

Ask if the company you choose to use offers onsite packing, crating and shipping.

As an alternative, ask if the company has the capability to pick up your computers.

Does the company you choose offer full value coverage in case of loss or damage during the pick up, packing and shipping process?

There are other areas that need to be addressed when shipping high value computers.

For more information about shipping electronics, please fell free to contact pack n send at  713 266 1450.

iBook G4 1iBook G4	  Computers / Laptops

 

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Electronics Shipping or Small Move - Ask Questions

Posted on Mon, Mar 12, 2012

 

When looking for a company that can ship your electronics, make sure that they have shipping options.  They should be able to ship boxes, pallets, move via truckloads or containers of electronics.

Be sure to ask questions about packing. Does the company you choose have experience packing and shipping high value electronics.

The electronics should be packed as follows:

 Individual computers and electronic equipment should be  prepared for shipping using antistatic plastic or bubble wrap. Once the piece is wrapped, it should put into a double wall box with a minimum of 3" of Styrofoam peanuts or solid Styrofoam pieces protecting the electronics equipment.

Large quantities of computers and electronics should be boxed and then placed on pallets framed with 1x4’s, Styrofoam and thick cardboard.  Protective wrap should  then put  around the entire pallet.  

Ask if the company offers onsite packing, crating and shipping.

As an alternative, ask if the company has the capability to pick up your electronics.

Does the company you choose offer full value coverage in case of loss or damage during the pick up, packing and shipping process? Can the company move your electronics via moving if the situation dicates this.

There are other areas that need to be addressed when shipping high value electronics.

For more information about shipping electronics, please fell free to contact pack n send at  713 266 1450.

 

 

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Houston Freight Shipper Notes More Airline Purchases

Posted on Fri, Apr 08, 2011

 Qatar Purchases more aircraft

 US – QATAR – Boeing confirm they have received an order for three of their 777 freighters which have been sold to Qatar Airways. The cargo carriers will be added to the Qatari fleet of twenty five 777’s, two of which are the long range freight version. The 777 Freighter order was previously accounted for on Boeing's Orders and Deliveries website as unidentified in 2010.

The announcement came at the time of the Business & Investment in Qatar Forum in New York in the presence of H.E. Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani, Qatar's Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, US Secretary of Transportation Ray Lahood and the US Ambassador to Qatar, Ambassador Joseph LeBaron. The agreement was signed by Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways' CEO and Tony Valentine, sales director, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. The forum, of which Boeing is one of the sponsors, is held under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Hamad and aims to promote Qatar's emerging role as a political, economic and cultural hub in the Middle East.

Boeing spokesman Marlin Dailey, vice president of Sales & Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes enthused over the agreement saying Boeing looked forward to a continued partnership as the Arabian airline expands its position on the international stage and said the agreement confirmed the 777 as an outstanding success and underlined the strategic relationship that the USA and Qatar have forged on the industrial and economic front.

This article taken from Handy Shipping Guide is yet another in as series of articles in 2011 that shows increases in airline purchases  and a positive outlook for the worldwide shipping industry.


For more information about shipping freight, cargo and containers from Houston, Texas, feel free to contact pack n send at 713 266 1450.

an old Boeing 747-200 \"Iran Air\" gets airborne HAM / EDDH (Hamburg, Germany).

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