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Crating vs. Boxing-Advice from Houston Shipping Company

Posted on Tue, Mar 20, 2012

Crating vs. Boxing-Advice from Houston Shipping Company

Do you ever wonder what you need to crate for shipping, and what you can box when shipping or moving? There are actually no easy answers.

Some of the decision criteria are as follows:

  1. Size of the item you are shipping or moving.
  2. Value of the item that you are shipping or moving.
  3. Delicate Nature of the item you are shipping or moving.

Marble and animals heads that have taxidermy for preservation usually need to be crated. Chandeliers should be crated when being shipped by freight. If a mover is moving the chandelier, then hanging a chandelier in a box with padding inside the box may work well.  It will depend on the value of the chandelier and how delicate the chandelier is.

Lamps, paintings and sculptures may or may not require a full wood crate. Some sculptures may go on a pallet, protected by wood and cardboard, or some may need a full wood crate.

 High value artwork that you are sending via common carrier or via freight should usually be crated. Large artwork that is valuable should be crated. 

Custom crating is a good way to have a wood box made that will exactly fit the item that you are shipping. When asking for a price for a crate based on the size of an item, remember to add for the Styrofoam that will be added inside the crate to protect your item.  There may also be inches added for the bubble that will be wrapped around your item for protection.

 If you have questions about custom crating or boxing, feel free to contact pack n send in Houston at 713 266 1450.

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