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Everything You Should Know About Freight from Houston to Costa Rica

Posted on Wed, Feb 25, 2015

Are you worried about shipping freight from Houston to Costa Rica? Don't be! Every country brings with it certain restrictions and regulations you need to adhere to, but we're here to help! Allow us to guide you through everything you need to know about shipping freight from Houston to Costa Rica.

According to the U.S. Postal Service, Costa Rica prohibits the following items from being imported into the country:

  • Blank invoices, such as the ones used for business.
  • Any types of currency, including coins, banknotes and currency notes, securities payable to bearer, and traveler’s checks. 
  • Precious metals including manufactured and unmanufactured platinum, gold, and silver.
  • Precious stones, jewelry, and other valuable articles.
  • Dual-graduation feeding bottles.
  • Any types of Flammable or explosive substances.
  • As well as any chemicals, including Medical samples containing psychotropic substances, perishable infectious and noninfectious biological substances, and Radioactive Materials.

 

If you're shipping used clothes, you also need to include a certificate of disinfection and clearly mark the containers in which those clothes are contained. Similarly, if you ship any commercial items, you should include an invoice for these items on the outside of its container. 

But as long as you pay attention to these prohibitions and restrictions, you should be just fine! And once your freight is shipped to Costa Rica, it's time to visit the great country. Its nature is unique in this world, despite the fact that Costa Rica is slightly smaller than Lake Michigan. 

Bordering on both the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans, Costa Rica includes 800 miles of coast line that come with some breathtaking white-sand beaches. Bordering the country to the north is Nicaragua, while Panama is its southern neighbor - both countries known for their lush rain forest. So not surprisingly, while Costa Rica only takes up less than 0.05 percent of the earth's surface, 5 percent of all of the world's species of animals and plants can be found here!

There are over 130 species of fish, 220 species of reptiles, and 1,000 species of butterflies native to Costa Rica. In fact, 10 percent of the world's butterfly population can be found in this beautiful country! Similarly, Costa Rica is home to 9,000 different types of plants, 20,000 species of spiders and 34,000 species of insects.

Native species thrive because more than a quarter of Costa Rican land is protected as national parks and refuges, many of which consist of the local rain forest. Whether you enjoy hiking mountainous paths in the rain forest, go on bird-watching tours, check out sea turtle-nesting spots or simply look for a relaxing vacation on the beach, Costa Rica is the perfect place to visit or move.

We hope that with our guide to shipping items into this beautiful country, you'll stop worrying about the complications and start looking forward to your trip. We'll take care of all the necessary communication with customs and local government agencies. Just contact us and we'll guide you through the process! And before you know it, you'll be in Costa Rica with all of your possessions.

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Choosing the Best Freight Forwarder: Ask These Questions!

Posted on Tue, Mar 04, 2014

Managing the logistics of shifting an order from point A to point B can be confusing--even frustrating if you try to go it alone. Understanding import and export laws, finding carriers and meeting shipping requirements is enough to leave even a savvy businessman scratching his head. Enter the professional freight forwarder!


 A reliable, freight forwarding service manages those logistics on behalf of the client, taking all the guesswork--and legwork out of these necessary transactions. If you've considered using a freight forwarder, you may be wondering how to choose one. Ask these questions before you get started!


What is the origin and destination of the shipment? The freight forwarding company will need this information.
How should my commodity be packaged for shipping?  Will it need to be placed on a pallet, or will it need to go inside of a container.


If it is an automobile, will it fit into a container or will it need to go roll on/roll off?


How should my cargo be packaged and shipped? Do you have special requirements for shipping? If you're shipping frozen items, liquids or oddly shaped goods, you may need some special attention. Maybe you need a custom crate built for shipping. Is your cargo considered hazardous or controlled? When choosing a freight forwarder, you need to bring this information with you.


Can the freight forwarder handle multiple shipments? How big is their company and can they handle the amount of shipments you have in mind?

 

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What kind of experience does the company have shipping items like yours? Experience should be a factor in your freight forwarding company. This may be a good time to ask your competitors or vendors who they might suggest as a freight forwarder.


Can the freight forwarder offer deliveries both to businesses and residences?  Can they offer white glove inside delivery?
Asking these questions is a good way to narrow down the possibilities! If you have more concerns, contact us. We will be happy to share our knowledge about freight forwarding.

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How a Freight Distribution Service Delivers Reliably and On Time

Posted on Wed, Jan 22, 2014

All businesses and households want to have their shipments delivered complete and on time. A reputable freight forwarding service has the sophisticated equipment to ensure customers receive their full shipments when they are needed. They have the warehousing and transportation assets to give reliable port-to-port and door-to-door delivery service.

Advanced logistics enables freight services to coordinate all packing, storage and transportation links for domestic and international shipments. This results in maximum efficiency, cost savings and minimum risk of loss or damage.

Households

A freight distribution service receives palatalized goods, which are then unloaded and prepared for delivery. All items are inventoried to avoid any loss or confusion. A white glove service ensures that all goods are handled with care to ensure fragile items are delivered without damage. For convenience, shipments are scheduled to be delivered on the date and at the time the customer specifies.

Businesses

All businesses have tight schedules, and need shipments delivered at the right time. Freight distribution services have the personnel, warehouse space and vehicles necessary to track all items of a shipment and organize delivery for the time specified by the customer. All staff is trained in the proper handling of all items so the entire inventory is delivered complete at the time requested.

Shippers

When shipping items, especially if they are valuable or fragile, a freight distribution service will make sure they are handled with care, and delivered together at the proper time and location. International shipments are delivered through trusted partners who have the ability to deliver the high quality of service you expect and deserve. These international partnerships enable improved efficiency, and provide savings which are passed along to the customers.

We can help with your freight distribution and delivery needs.  Contact us or call (713) 266-1450 for more information or to request a free quote.

 

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What is White Glove Delivery? How does it relate to Freight Shipping?

Posted on Mon, Jan 20, 2014

Whether you're moving an office or home, settling an estate, or simply need goods shipped to someone else, if white glove delivery isn't a priority for you, we're hoping that you'll read on to find out why it should be…

So what is white glove delivery? When you ship items via freight and use freight shipping and freight forwarding  the items are usually delivered to your curb or loading dock at a pre determined time. The items are left on the pallet for you to unload or unpack.

When you ask for white glove delivery you will still have a delivery time that is convenient for both you and the delivery company but…

The items are delivered inside of your home or business. They are taken off the pallet, and debris is removed.  If you need assembly, you may also ask for assembly of your item.

How it works is that whether you need the entire home or office moved or just one piece, the furniture freight receiving service ensures that each item is handled with white glove service. This means that every item has extra care in packing whether its bubble wrap, peanuts, blanket wrap, Styrofoam, or double boxing. The white glove delivery company makes sure that every item is handled with care.

 For instance, for china and crystal stemware precautions are taken to ensure its safe delivery by bubble wrapping each piece, then double boxing with peanuts between the box walls and even add peanuts to the pieces that are bubble wrapped.

 Or take for example our artwork shipping. Paper created specifically for shipping art is used. Custom crates are built to fit the size and dimensions of the picture that you sending. So no matter the size or dimensions, your pieces are protected. With white glove delivery, the custom crate will be unloaded and then the artwork will be delivered inside to your home or residence.

You and the white glove delivery company get to choose the time of delivery.  They unload and inspect your shipment in their warehouse, and then they deliver the goods to you.

This is an economical way to ship both household goods and office furniture. Since the furniture and household goods are shipped to a receiving warehouse, you do not need to pay the extra expense of a lift gate at your home or residence.

You won't have to worry about having to find out when a shipment is arriving and nor will the recipient, whether it's you or someone else on the receiving end. You get not only the safest way to ship but the most economical too.

So not matter what it is that you are moving, if it's special to you then it's special to us and with our white glove delivery, you can rest assured that it'll show up in the same condition it left in. To learn more about white glove delivery or to pack and ship delicate items, please Contact Us at pack n send in Houston at 713 266 1450.


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Need to Ship a Pallet in Houston? Here's What You Need to Know

Posted on Wed, Dec 04, 2013

-Freight Shipping & Receiving Whether it's moving furniture, office equipment or household goods, sometimes it's easier to use a pallet to ship your items via freight. Freight shipping is often the preferred method to ship small amounts of artwork, household goods and office equipment.  Medical equipment is often shipped via freight as well.

When researching a freight shipping company, look for a company that specializes in freight preparation.  There are alternatives even within freight shipping. Some items may just need to be strapped to a pallet.  Other items may need to be wrapped or packed before they go on the pallet.  Ask if the company you choose uses metal strapping.  Do they wrap the pallet in opaque material or cardboard so that no one can see the items that have been placed on the pallet?

 Not only is freight a typically less costly way to ship, but it's convenient as well. If you  need to ship a pallet in Houston or anywhere else in the world, here are a few things you need to know.

  • Freight Companies.  You can choose any freight company or common carrier you want if you have a preference. Ask for rates before you ship. You will need to know your freight class before you book your shipment.

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  •  Shipping Time. There are also a variety of shipping times you can choose from so that your items can get to their location as fast as you need them to be. Be sure to book ahead of time so that you can save on your freight charges.

  • Distance. Look for a company that has experience shipping internationally if your freight load needs to leave the United States

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  • Pallets. Pallets are portable, rigid platforms that make it easy for shipping but they also allow you to consolidate your items. If your shipment will eventually leave the United States, ask for a pallet to be used that has heat treated wood.  Different wood is used for domestic and international shipments.

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  •  If you need a company to receive freight for you, check to see when the freight will be delivered to the receiving warehouse. A money saver is to have products delivered to the warehouse.

  • The product can then be sorted and delivered to the retail customer as soon as possible. This saves on inventory holding costs. 

    So if you're looking to ship a pallet in Houston or if you are looking to have a pallet received in Houston, you have many options.

    To learn more simply contact us, pack n send, and we can help you get started.

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Retail Goods Freight Receiving Made Seamless

Posted on Fri, Nov 08, 2013

If you own a retail company then you know how important it is to have retail goods freight receiving at a predetermined delivery time and date that is convenient for everyone involved.

Whether the items are seasonal goods or monthly items a retail store receives or an interior decorator that needs furniture that needs to be received for an interior designer's customers, there are companies that can handle all types of needs.

Look for a company that will accept inbound freight that is shipped to a receiving warehouse. For retail clients, the freight receiving company can mark and label the boxes according to the
predetermined delivery date and time that is needed. These marked and labeled boxes can then be delivered to the client.

This makes retail goods freight receiving seamless because you get your merchandise delivered when you need it The retails goods freight is delivered at a pre determined time.

International freight receiving is handled in much the same way.  Many times the only difference is that the freight receiving company drives to the airport to pick up the freight.

With multiple companies shipping to the same freight receiving warehouse for delivery of goods at the same time, it makes it easy for the retailer to schedule receiving and stocking personnel. As many companies have switched over to just in time deliveries, goods can be shipped to a receiving warehouse and delivered very quickly to various storefronts throughout the city.

While six or seven lines of merchandise may arrive on the same day from different companies, the freight receiving warehouse can combine the shipments and deliver exactly what is
needed to each retail location.

If you need retail goods received at a specific time or need more information about retail freight receiving, please feel free to contact pack n send in Houston for a quote so we can help you get
the items you need, when you need them.

 

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Summer Travel Plans and Shipping

Posted on Tue, Jul 17, 2012

 Now that you are at your summer destination, what do you do when it rains outside?  Like most travelers, you shop.

 It may be back to school clothing for your children or souvenirs for you relatives. It may be a piece of artwork or a sculpture that you just had to have.  In some cases it may be handmade furniture by a local craftsman.

As you sit in your hotel room, you realize that the good old days of buying an extra piece of luggage to and taking the purchases with you on the airplane are behind you. You may also realize that the items you purchased are simply to big to take with you on the plane.

The charges for the new suitcase and the airline fees to take this luggage on the airplane are just too high? 

So what do you do?

Call you hotel concierge. Ask him for the phone number or website of a local shipping store.  The store will be able to pick up your purchases, pack value and ship then for you. They can schedule these purchases to arrive back at your home.

 If you have purchased furniture, ask the store about their small move service. Also inquire about their furniture freighting services.  As for the art work, ask about a custom made box or crate.

 This is a win for you. You do not have to lug the new purchase with you, and you know when they will arrive at your home.

Just because your vacation has be effected by the weather, the joy of purchasing will only be enhanced by shipping the items home for you to enjoy. 

For more information about shipping your purchases while on vacation, please feel free to contact pack n send inHoustonat  713-266-1450.

 

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Freight- Moving Furniture Across Country

Posted on Fri, Jul 13, 2012

 

 Why freight office furniture instead of moving it? How about saving money?

Why freight household goods instead of moving them?  How about saving money?

 Ok. So freight sounds quite difficult and complicated.  Well it is  not either of these things.

  When you think about moving small amounts of furniture cross country, think about freight.  Moving college furniture across country? Think about freight.

  Antique shipping? Think freight.

  Looking for small movers? Think freight.

 You can have a company come into your home or office, and pick up the items that you would like to ship.

You can have the items that you are shipping either taken inside your home or office, just like a mover.

 Or, you can drop off your items for shipping at a store or warehouse, and you can have a pallet full of your items dropped off at your curb where you unload them and then bring them into your home of office.

 Companies that offer traditional moving services as well as freight shipments can analyze what services work best for you, and which services can save you the most money.

 In a traditional small move, a mover picks up your items and delivers them to the location of your choice.

 With a move via freight, you have this same option, but you may be able to save money by unloading the freight yourself at the delivery location. The furniture would be loaded onto either a standard pallet, or a custom made pallet to fit your furniture.  The sides should be protected with both cardboard and wood.

 You should be able to value your shipment against loss or damage.

 If you have any questions about shipping your furniture via freight, please feel free to contact pack n send at  713 266 1450.

 

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Freight Industry Outlook Good in US and Houston

Posted on Fri, Sep 03, 2010

  Shipping News Feature      

 Pack n send is monitoring Freight and Cargo Shipments both within the United State and worldwide.  This article taken from Handy Shipping   Guide highlights new strengths seen in US shipping markets.

Long Beach, California based UTi, a non asset based 3PL supply chain specialist turned in better than expected results yesterday following a general upward trend for the industry. With over 23 million square feet of warehousing in 23 countries the US company shows a pattern that seems fairly typical for the freight market at the moment. The CEO however offered a customary word of caution in today’s volatile conditions.

 Eric W. Kirchner, chief executive officer, speaking of the second quarter results said in a statement:

"Our improved results were primarily driven by strong volumes and better operating margins. Airfreight and ocean freight volumes continued to grow faster than the market and were higher than volumes recorded in the second quarter two years ago, prior to the financial crisis. Results remain tempered by yield pressure due to continued high transportation rates, and we expect these rates to remain volatile on many trade lanes for the rest of the year. We are also expecting volume growth to moderate during the second half of the year due to a slowing global economy and more difficult comparisons to the prior year.

"We continue to be encouraged by improvements in our contract logistics and distribution business, which reported solid revenue growth and higher operating margins. Client volumes improved in the quarter, particularly in retail and consumer markets, and we continue to manage our operations more efficiently. Our transformation initiatives remain on schedule and we are making good progress in all areas."

UTi saw increased operating costs, up 9% against last year but it seems although traffic volumes were higher, rates were more competitive dragging profits back somewhat. Net revenues were up 12% for the half year against 2009 at $379 million.

 For more information on Houston shipping, freight and cargo shipping, please feel free to contact pack n send at 713 266 1450.

 

 

 

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Hurricane Earl- Possilbe Delays in Freight Deliveries

Posted on Thu, Sep 02, 2010

 During  Hurricane Isabelle

  

Pack n send is posting part of the information posted by MSNBC.  While we are in the process of adjusting freight shipments for our customers, and rescheduling when necessary, we are keeping an eye on the storm.

 HATTERAS ISLAND, N.C. — Hurricane Earl was barreling toward the Eastern Seaboard Thursday with winds swirling at around 145 mph, as forecasters issued a new warning for New York's Long Island and tried to work out how badly North Carolina would be hit.

With the storm expected to start hitting North Carolina later Thursday, officials expanded mandatory evacuation orders across new areas of the state's low-lying barrier islands.

The orders affect all visitors throughout Dare County as well as residents and visitors to the popular town of Nags Head, county emergency relief officials said.

Mandatory evacuations, similar to those already in effect for Hatteras Island and Ocracoke Island, were also ordered for the beach communities at Morehead City, authorities said.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami issued a tropical storm warning early Thursday for the coast of Long Island and a hurricane watch was issued for areas of Massachusetts. A hurricane warning was already in effect for the North Carolina coast.

Canadian officials also put parts of the Nova Scotia coast under a tropical storm watch.

Category 4 storm Earl, which has maximum sustained winds near 145 mph, was located about 410 miles south of Cape Hatteras, N.C., and was moving north-northwest near 18 mph.

Forecasters said the storm had strengthened slightly, but expected gradual weakening to start later Thursday. Hurricane-force winds extend outward 90 miles from its center.

Watches and warnings were posted along the Atlantic coast for most of North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island and part of Massachusetts, alerting residents that hurricane and tropical storm conditions were possible within 36 to 48 hours.

No storm has threatened such a broad swath of the U.S. shoreline — the densely populated coast from North Carolina to New England — since Hurricane Bob in 1991, National Hurricane Center spokesman Dennis Feltgen said.

The last Category 4 to approach the Outer Banks was Helene in 1950, NBC News Meteorologist Bill Karins reported.

'Very significant impact'
Large swells roiled the coastline and experts warned Earl would bring dangerously high seas.

The first winds were expected to reach the North Carolina's barrier islands by Thursday afternoon and gain force during the night, though the hurricane is then expected to start weakening, the NHC said.

Tourists were largely gone from North Carolina's Outer Banks, but those resolute residents who stayed behind said they were prepared to face down the powerful hurricane. The islands jut out into the Atlantic and are frequently smacked by hurricanes and storms.

"There is still concern that this track, the core of the storm, could shift a little farther to the west and have a very significant impact on the immediate coastline. Our present track keeps it offshore, but you never know," Feltgen said.

The storm was forecast to pass just off Cape Hatteras, bringing wind gusts of up to 100 mph and several feet of storm surge both from the Atlantic and the sounds to the west of the islands.

Evacuations continued Thursday with residents and visitors leaving a barrier island in Carteret County, N.C.

Emergency services director Jo Ann Smith, of Carteret County, said she wasn't sure how many people were affected by the order to leave the Bogue Banks areas.

Unlike some of the barrier islands on the Outer Banks who had to take a ferry, Smith said people could simply leave in their cars.

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

 

 

 

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