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Christmas Shipping- Tips from Houston Shipping Company

Posted on Tue, Nov 22, 2011

 

Tip One:  Ship early.  Do not wait until the last week to ship.  Allow enough time for your package to arrive using the least expensive shipping method.  We recommend using a  shipping method that provides you with a tracking number.

Tip Two:  Make sure the address is accurate.  Double check the zip code, street address and apartment number. Provide the telephone number.

Tip Three:  If you can ship to a business, send your gifts to the business address.  This will usually cost less than home delivery.

We also have a few packing tips for your holiday shipping.

For breakable items, pack the box with a  lot of cushioning.  Bubble and peanuts are good for protection during shipping. You can use blank newsprint. We do not recommend using newspaper, since the ink can rub off on the items that you are shipping.

For delicate items, use  bubble wrap and peanuts to make sure that when you press down on the box, there is no movement. If you can feel the item move around in the box, it is not protected well enough to be shipped.

Do not use string or garbage bags on the outside of the box. Boxes are not sorted by hand, but are placed on conveyor belts. Garbage bags can tear, and string can get caught in machinery.

For more tips on domestic and international shipping, please feel free to call pack n send in Houston,TX at 713 266 1450.

 

Tags: Logistics Houston, Houston Shipping

International Shipping Tips from Houston Freight Preparation Co.

Posted on Fri, Nov 18, 2011

When looking for a shipper for your international items, there are certain questions that you need to ask such as:

Can the company prepare your international documentation? 

Will the firm you ship with discuss shipping alternatives- such as freight versus shipping individual packages?

Are the items that you would like to ship accepted in the destination country?

Can the company you choose offer a list such as the list below for the companies that they are able to 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
Brittish Virgin 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
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
Georgia
Ghana
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
Kenya
Kiribati
Korpa
Kosovo
Kosrae Island
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Lao People’s Democratic Republic
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
Mayotte
Mexico
Micronesia
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Montserrat
Morocco
Mozambique
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal
Netherlands
Netherlands Antilles
New Caledonia
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Nive
Northern Mariana Islands
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
|Palau
Palestine
Panama
Papa New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Phillipines
Poland
Portugal
Puerto Rico
Qatar

Republic of Nevis
Reunion
Romania
Rota
Russia
Rwanda
Saba
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
Syria
Tadjikistan
Tahiti
Taiwan
Tanzania
Thailand
Tinian
Tonga
Tongo
Tortola
Trinidad and Tobago
Truk
Tunisia
Turkey
Turks and Caicos Islands
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
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
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe

 

Is the company you choose monitoring holidays and world events to make sure that your shipment will be delivered on time?

Does the company you choose pay attention to embargoes, and prohibited countries?

 For more information about international shipping and freight, please fee free to contact pack n send at 713 266 1450.

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Tags: Logistics Houston, Houston Freight

World wide Cargo Outlook

Posted on Fri, Nov 11, 2011

Ocean carriers are predicting a slow year for imports.  With consumers holding on to their US dollars, imports in the United States  are still not where they were just a few years ago.

 Shipping companies are slowing the speed of their ships in order to reduce fuel prices.

European countries are working on bailing out both Greece and Italy.

 This comes at a bad time, since many shipping lines had increased the size of their ships. New orders for ships are delayed at this time.

 One concern at this time is that empty shipping vessels may have to remain in dock, taking up space while awaiting cargo. Some of the large ships are now sailing at below capacity.

 The bright side does appear in the  United States where US rail shipments are up over last year.

 Since shipping and imports are usually a leading edge  indicator of coming out of a recession.  While the US appears to be making progress, economies  around the world seem to have an effect on US worldwide shipping.

 The information listed above was taken Handy Shipping Guide wrote an article going into depth about the problems that carriers are encountering as well as predictions for the next year.

 Pack n send tries to keep our customers up to date on trends and economic predictions for the  shipping  and logistics industries.

 

Tags: Logistics Houston, Shipping Houston