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Make Money on eBay-Houston Auction & Shipping Co. Offers Advice

Posted on Wed, Mar 05, 2014

Have you ever thought about selling on eBay, but decided against it because it seemed a little too complicated? Auction selling and shipping from Houston can be a great way to earn extra cash. And it can be easy if you let someone else do the work.

You really can make money selling your unwanted household goods, jewelry, inherited family treasures, electronic gadgets, or just about anything. Unfortunately the online auction process can be a little bit of a hassle, but it doesn't have to be. An auction service can help by taking care of all the little details. 

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There’s a lot to do. Listing can require a few steps. If you choose not to list the items yourself, you can check out eBay listing stores in your area. You just drop off your items, pay them a fee and you should receive funds once your item sells and is paid for.
Your friends or acquaintances may have told you about the money they've made selling items on eBay. But did they tell you about all the procedures and tasks they had to master? There’s a lot to do before you make a single dollar.
Before you auction your first item, you’ll have to sign up with eBay. That means choosing a screen name and supplying personal details. You’ll also have to set up a PayPal account to receive auction payments. Your PayPal account will be connected to your bank account.
When it’s time to sell, you must decide how much money you want to make from your items and what to charge for packaging and shipping. You'll have to photograph each item, list it with a minimum bid, and monitor your bids until the auctions expire.
When your auctions end, you’ll have to pack up the items and ship them to the winners --across town or perhaps to the other side of the world. You'll have to take your packages to a shipping location to get them off by the promised date. If they arrive too late, your customer's negative feedback could affect future sales.
Shipping can get complicated
If you've never shipped packages on a regular basis, that’s one more skill you’ll have to develop. Shipping isn't just about the United States Postal Service. There’s also FedEx, UPS, and DHL. Any one of them will ship your sold auction items wherever you want them to go, as long as you follow their procedures.
Shipping costs vary depending on package size, weight, destination, and the desired arrival date and time. You’ll have to box and wrap them, of course. And if you ship to other countries, you’ll have to learn the basics of Customs forms completion.
We recommend that you take your item to a shipping company before you list it on eBay. Ask them for the packing and shipping charges before you list your item. List these charges in your eBay listing so that your customer will know the cost to have the item shipped to their location. Once your item sells and you have been paid, drop the item off at the shipping store and they will do the rest. They can give you and your customer the tracking number. This helps to make your eBay selling process much easier.
Can you really make money auctioning off items on eBay?
With all the things you need to know and the procedures you have to follow, you might wonder if the potential eBay income is worth the time and effort. Once you figure out how to do things, you can make money auctioning your items online, but it will take time, effort and patience. Once you've mastered the long list of eBay things to do, you may find it’s a desirable way to earn some extra cash.
It’s easier when you let someone else do the work. If you need assistance with your eBay listing or eBay shipping, please feel free to contact us at pack n send in Houston.

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5 Tips to Make Shipping Medical Equipment Easier

Posted on Fri, Oct 04, 2013

5 Tips to Make Shipping MedicalEquipment Easier and More Efficient 

If you work in a hospital or in anymedical field, you probably know shipping medical equipment can be a delicate process.

Each piece of medical supplies is unique and may need to be handled
differently. The good news is when packaged properly, medical supplies can make it to its final destination without any trouble. Because of this, it is important to know a few tips for shipping medical equipment.

1. Remove any batteries from medical devices, and make sure all medical devices are turned off.

2. Use bubble wrap, peanuts, and/or Styrofoam around all objects to better protect them. Make sure fragile items are properly protected. If packaged correctly, even the most fragile medical
supplies will make it safely to its intended destination, whether the destination is across town or across the country. 

3. Double box items. This allows the items to have added cushioning protection. Thick boxes without cuts or pieces missing work best both when single boxing and double boxing items. 

4. Consider shipping in a crate. For extremely delicate medical supplies, the only logical shipping container might be a crate. Make sure your medical supplies are still carefully packaged for the ultimate protection no matter the size of the shipping container.   For larger items, you may want to consider shipping the medical equipment on a protected pallet.

5. Definately hire a professional shipping company to pack and ship your medical equipment. Let the shipping company know you are shipping medical equipment. It can then be labeled as
"Fragile" and will be handled gentler to make sure your supplies make it to its destination safely.

 Of course, because of the diversity of medical equipment, not every item is going to be packaged exactly the same way.  As an example, a massage table will be packed differently than a centrifuge.   

 

Be sure to hire a company that can pick up your equipment as well as pack and ship it for you. Plan early so that you do not have to ship the equipment overnight.  If you have sold your equipment to an international recipient, make sure that the shipping company that you choose
has experience shipping to international locations.  Extra paperwork and different packaging
materials will be necessary.

If you are shipping domestically, be sure to check out if the receiving location has a loading dock for larger items. If the equipment is being delivered inside a building, extra insurance forms may be required for the inside delivery. This will need to be determined before the equipment is shipped to the new location.  These are just a few of the items to be addressed when shipping medical equipment and medical supplies.

If you need help properly packing and shipping your medical supplies, contact us.  We have experience packing and shipping medical supplies, and we know the proper way to ensure the safety of your products.   

 

We have listed below some of the countries where we can ship you medical equipment.

Albania

Belarus

Belize

Belgium

Benin

Bermuda

Bhutan

Bolivia|

Bonaire

Botswana

Congo Republic of

Cook island

Costa Rica

Croatia

Curaco

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Dominica

Dominican Republic

DPR of Korea Republic

East Timor

Ecuador

Egypt

 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

Kyrgyzstan

Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Laos

Latvia

Lebanon

Lesotho

Liberia

Libya

Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Macao

New Zealand

Nicaragua

Niger

Nigeria

Nive

Northern Mariana Islands

Norway

Oman

Pakistan

Panama

Papa New Guinea

Paraguay

Peru

Philippines

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

Trinidad and Tobago

Turkey

Turks and Caicos Islands

Turkmenistan

Tuvalu

Uganda

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom

United States of AmericaU.S. Virgin Islands

U.S. Virgin Islands(Brittish)

Uruguay

Uzbekistan

Vanuatu

Vatican City

Venezuela

Vietnam

Virgin Gorda

Wallis and Futuna

Zimbabw  Uganda

 

Tags: Medical Equipment Shipping, Houston Freight

Use Houston Commercial Freight for Your Business Move

Posted on Thu, Oct 03, 2013

Harnessing the Help of Houston Commercial Freight for Your Business Move 

According to The Atlantic, Houston is “unstoppable.” Houston was the first major metro area in the US to recover all the jobs that were lost during the last recession, and now Houston has added a second job for every one that was lost after the crash in 2008. Given these statistics, there are a lot of Houston businesses that are booming—and perhaps also running short on space as a result. If you work for a successful Houston business and you’re facing the need to move your thriving business to a larger location, consider a Houston Commercial Freight company as your partner in this move.

There are a number of reasons why you might want to obtain professional assistance for your move.

  1. Commercial freight movers know how to pack and
         transport everything safely. In addition to the standard office furniture,
         many businesses have unique, precious and proprietary items that need
         special care and attention in order to be moved without damage. Whether
         it’s the artwork on the CEO’s office walls or the perfect prototype in
         process, professional movers can construct appropriate containers and pack
         them securely for transportation.
  2. Professional movers will smoothly organize and manage
         your move. If you were to manage the move yourself, you would waste a lot
         of time making arrangements that professionals can do easily, because they
         have done it dozens, or even hundreds, of times. When you hire
         professionals to handle your commercial moving needs, you can focus
         instead on keeping your business processes working during the transition.
  3. Commercial movers will undertake your move with
         efficiency and economy. Working with you as a team, and offering
         suggestions for the most efficient ways to minimize the necessary
         disruptions caused by a move, commercial movers will reduce your company’s
         “down time” during the moving process. Your business and your bottom line
         will benefit far more from the lack of down time than if you decided to
         save a few pennies and do the move yourselves.

So trust the unstoppable nature of the Houston economy, and contact us to hire a commercial freight company to handle your business move. You know that your business will be just as unstoppable in its new location!

 

Tags: Houston Freight, Houston Freight Shipping

Artwork -American Indian Artwork Piece for Sale

Posted on Fri, Jun 21, 2013

6 12 2013 ebay pic 097 resized 600A customer brought this picture in for us to see on eBay in. She remembers paying $2000-$3000 a few years ago.  She is downsizing and is selling this to get more space in her home. She is asking $400 for this picture. If you are interested in purchasing it, please contact me at sales@pack-n-send.com  I can email you more pictures. The frame has a few scratches.

I am posting it in Designer websites thinking they may be interested in purchasing it for one of their clients.

The quote on the back of the picture:

"This is a Navajo religious ceremonial sand painting design"-  Herbert Ben Sr

This picture is located in Houston and local pick up is free. 

If you would like a quote for shipping outside of Houston, please email your zip code for a quote.

Tags: Houston Freight, Houston Shipping

Why is freight receiving so much fun?

Posted on Tue, Jun 11, 2013

 

So, why is freight receiving so much fun?   For retail customers, freight receiving companies get to see all of the new merchandise before it is stocked on store shelves. While the delivery times to stores may be early in the morning, this early delivery systems lets stores stock their shelves before their customers arrive.  Freight receiving companies are able to view the hottest trend for any coming holiday season.

Hint for ease in warehouse receiving:

If you are shipping merchandise to a receiving warehouse, it is best to notify the warehouse before hand. This way, the warehouse has the capability to have the freight unloaded immediately. It also alerts warehouse personnel as to the turnaround time for deliveries.  Items delivered the day after Christmas due to poor planning will not help your bottom line.

If boxes need to be side marked, it is a good idea to have the labels emailed or faxed to the receiving warehouse well in advance of the shipment being received. If the number of boxes on a pallet needs to be counted by the receiving warehouse, be sure to include these instructions when you contact the receiving warehouse.

Retail companies and interior designers have as well as individuals send their freight to receiving warehouses.  When furniture is freighted to a receiving warehouse, the warehouse personnel are able to unload the furniture and then complete white glove inside deliveries to the final recipients.

For interior designers, receiving warehouses can accumulate both furniture and accessories. These items can then be delivered at a time determined by the interior designer. While the interior designer is shopping and completing either a room for a client or an entire home, their purchase are just waiting to be delivered.

International customers are able to shop throughout the United States. They can have their purchases freighted to one central receiving warehouse. This warehouse can then ship all their purchases via ocean container shipping in either a twenty foot or forty foot container. Consolidated shipping overseas will save your customer money. There are times when furniture will be air freighted overseas, but this is usually a more expensive option than ocean shipping. Overseas shippers need to allow for customs clearance times.  There may also be weather delays, and unfortunately, sometimes there are port delays due to strikes.

 So what happens when freight is being sent from a warehouse?  There are many options for customers here too.  They can drop off their own freight, or they can ask the freight preparation company to pick up the freight on their behalf.  Some of the items that freight preparation includes are as follows:

 Pick up, packing, crating, palletizing, custom made boses and/or crates, customs documentation

When searching for a company that can help you with your freight shipping and furniture shipping, look for a company that is willing to ask different carriers for prices.  Roadway, SAIA, Southwestern Motor Transit, and Daylight may all offer different prices. It is worth the time and effort to shop around for prices. Remember to take out valuation coverage for loss or damage when shipping via freight.  When you receive freight, inspect the freight before you sign free and clear of any damage.  If you notice any damage after you unload your freight shipment, be sure to notify the freight shipping company and the freight packing company immediately. (Within 24 hours of receiving your freight shipment.)

 As an international freight shipping specialist in Houston, Texas, we recommend that look for a freight shipping and receiving company that will help you ship and receive freight in a quick and easy manner. If you have any questions about moving furniture via freight, you can contact us directly at 713 266 1450.

Tags: Houston Freight, Houston Crating

Shipping Companies in Houston offer Shipping Advice

Posted on Thu, Feb 21, 2013

 While shipping artwork and equipment shipping are the norm, some customers now prefer to ship their furniture via freight.

What is the cost to ship furniture across country?  It depends on the size and weight of the furniture that is being shipped. When you freight furniture on a pallet, you can request curbside or inside delivery.

This option is often helpful to use for out of the way communities. Sometimes a small blanket wrap move is expensive when you are moving to states such as Washington, New Hampshire, or even the south part of Florida. It is best to ask for both a blanket wrap price as well as a freight price when moving a small amount of furniture.

When you freight furniture, you may be able to receive the furniture faster than if you have a blanket wrap truck move.  While  traditional moving trucks may need to wait to be filled up before leaving a city,  a pallet of furniture will be usually be  able to move within a day of being loaded onto a pallet.

We also look at freighting for businesses shipping small amounts of machinery. Businesses can look at consolidating machinery shipments onto custom made pallets. That way, the machinery can be shipped via freight. Freight companies will call a day ahead of time to schedule deliveries. That way personnel can be on hand to accept the delivery.

So what are the drawbacks to moving a small amount of furniture via freight?  None that we can think of.

We also have advice for choosing the correct company to freight your furniture or machinery. Since some items can be delicate or time sensitive delivery requirements, it is important to look for a company that has been in business for many years, has a good reputation, and has a brick and mortar location.

The company that you choose needs to be able to freight anything you need shipped. From car engines and household goods, to automobiles and furniture, the company that you choose should have experience freighting a variety of items. Ask them about custom platform and custom crate building, as well as their ability to block and brace shipments. You may not know what this entails, but they should be able to explain their freight preparation to you in terms that you will then understand.

Look for a company that offers personalize service. Each shipment should be handled individually to serve the customer's unique needs. If you are planning on shipping internationally an example would be international furniture shipping, the company should offer both palletized hipping as well as containerized loading and shipping for larger shipments. Be sure to see if containers are necessary for your shipping, or if the company can quote you by the cubic meter.

Small loads like, car doors, auto parts and furniture all can be placed on pallets, surrounded by cardboard, and then strapped with metal banding for shipping.

Computers should be packed in boxes, shrink wrapped and send out on skids. Small amounts of household goods should be packed in boxes, loaded onto pallets and then shrink wrapped. Household and business furniture are safely put on pallets as well. Once again, for international shipping, make sure the company has experience both loading and processing international paperwork.

Car engines are strapped to pallets. Large and small households are boxed and loaded into containers for overseas shipping.

Look for a company that can accept your inbound freight into their warehouse on your behalf. Make sure they can then deliver the freight to you.

If you have any questions about freighting furniture or machinery, or are looking for shipping companies in Houston or elsewhere in the United States, please feel free to call pack n send at 713 266 1450.

Tags: Texas, Shipping Companies in Houston, Houston Freight

Houston Shipping Company Notes Industry Commitment to China

Posted on Tue, Oct 23, 2012

Pack n send has reprinted this article from the Handy Shipping Guide.  The link to the original and Handy Shipping Guide website is below.

We have chosen this article partially because all of the discussions in the news about trade with China. As a Houston Shipping Company we are well aware of goods arriving daily from China.  This article demonstrates one companies commitment to the Chinese market. 

CHINA– With an eye to the future DB Schenker has joined the growing trend for freight and logistics companies to ensure consistency in their service levels in developing markets by this week opening a company academy to train up employees of the future. The group view is that there is a growing need for qualified employees in China whilst competition from other industry competitors is increasingly being felt whilst staff turnover in the Chinese market is traditionally relatively high. Speaking at the launch of this new initiative Dr. Thomas Lieb, Chairman of the Management Board and CEO of Schenker AG, said:

“Our customers’ expectations are constantly on the rise, and projects are becoming increasingly complex. By establishing the DB Schenker Logistics Academy China, we are aiming to develop employees over the long term and keep them at DB Schenker. Establishing our own academy is one of our solutions to this problem, the academy is first and foremost an internal training and development program. It will help develop professional and personal skills with specific targets in mind.”

As with other similar programs the Schenker Academy will doubtless look to ensure trainees develop along the quality of service lines that the company instills in other territories and has based it both on third-party and internal expertise. It will be offered at different locations in China and is geared primarily toward operational management in contract logistics. Modules range from logistics concepts and continuous quality improvement to logistics controlling, project management and conflict resolution and will enlist the assistance of instructors from two Chinese universities.

Over the course of a year, the training group will complete six three-day training blocks roughly every six weeks in addition to their usual work. Participants will alternate between interactive training with external and internal instructors, individualized tasks whose aim is to implement content in everyday business, role plays and discussions and Schenker say they already have plans to develop and expand the Academy’s activities.

Schenker have a developing presence in China having merged with twoBAX companies in 2008 when the group also sponsored the Beijing Olympic Games.

 Pack n send has reprinted this article from the Handy Shipping Guide.  The direct link to this article and the website is below.

http://www.handyshippingguide.com/shipping-news/freight-group-opens-training-academy-for-contract-logistics-students_4080

For information about shipping to China and other countries throughout the world, please feel free to contact pack n send at 713 266 1450.

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Tags: Houston Freight, Freight Forwarding Houston

Home Office Move-Houston Firm Recommends Freight

Posted on Mon, Sep 10, 2012

In our last blog, pack n send addressed moving your home office.  The discussion was about a move within the same city. If you are moving to another city, there a few more things to consider. First look at freighting your home office versus using a traditional mover.

Internet service will need to be established before you move. Boxes will need to be numbered and labeled. If you ship your office equipment via freight, make sure someone is on hand to meet the freight truck.

If you need an inside delivery for your office equipment when it is shipped via freight, make sure to arrange this ahead of time.

Packing an office requires preparation and organization.

Mark boxes with priority listed as to when they will need to be unpacked.  The computer and printer should usually be the first items, with items such as  pencils, erasers and trash cans much lower on the list for the unpacking. Organization on the origination end will help make the unloading a much 

The first thing you will want to do is write out a list of items you know you'll need throughout the move. These are going to be the very last things you pack. Then you will want to develop a list of non essential items that you can pack up and not need throughout the process. 

It may seem like no items are non essential, but you'd be amazed on the numerous items you'll pack up. Usually the items that are not generally needed at all times are such things as writing tools, paper (leave some out just in case), files and various items that generally sit and grow dust. 

If you have not used an office object during the past six months, it may be a great time to donate this item.  Why pay to freight something that you are no longer moving.

 It may be a good time to update your office equipment and office supplies. If you have been meaning to replace your old furniture, why not donate it, and purchase new furniture at your new location.  Use this move as a way to upgrade and update you office.

Keeping yourself organized with a small home office move can seem like a very difficult process, but it can be done. If you're worried that the process may be overwhelming for you, consider hiring a company to help with your freighting project.

Look for a company that can help you pack, freight and unpack. The entire process can be managed for you, making your move worry-free.

We know how hard it can be moving an office, a home and any other space requiring a move.  If you choose to pack your boxes yourself, look for a company that is willing and able to sell you discounted moving boxes and materials  

Organization is the key to a smooth home office move. If you need help or have any questions about a home office move, please feel free to contact pack n send at 713 266 1450.

 

Tags: Houston Freight, Office Moving

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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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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