Since medical equipment is quite expensive, shipping medical equipment requires special expertise in the pick up of the equipment, the packing of the equipment and the shipping of the equipment.
With medical equipment now being sold by auction houses as well as universities and medical centers, it is now necessary to find a company that can pick up in various locations.
When looking for an auction shipping company, ask if the company has the required Agent Authorization forms necessary to pick up at an auction. If you are requesting a pick up at a hospital, be sure to ask which dock will have the equipment on hand. Ask if there is any paperwork to give to the shipping dock. Make sure you have both the name of the dock personnel as well as their phone number so that an appointment and pick up time can be scheduled ahead of time.
If the medical equipment is being picked up from a university, be sure to ask for the entrance to use to get onto the university. Ask if you need to enter through a certain parking lot. If there is a contact at the university, be sure to have their phone number on hand so that you can contact them once you are on university property. Set up an appointment with your contact ahead of time.
Next, we will discuss how to pick a company that can pick up and ship your medical equipment. Look for a company that has experience shipping both domestically and internationally. Why do we recommend both options? Companies that purchase medical equipment within the United States often consolidate these purchases for overseas shipping. You need to ask where the medical equipment will ultimately end up. If the equipment is shipping overseas, you need to ask that international wood is used in all parts of the packing materials. This will include all wood pallets and wood crates.
When you need to ship medical equipment, search for a company that has experience packing and shipping high value and delicate items. Ask questions of the companies that you are researching to ship your medical equipment. Ask if the firm has shipped for other universities; ask if the company ships for doctor’s offices, universities, hospitals and medical centers. Ask if they can box, crate or even wrap and palletize the shipment.
When looking for a medical equipment shipping company ask some of the following questions: Do they have the capability to value your equipment for pick up and delivery? Have they asked you if the equipment can be taken apart for less expensive shipping, or does the equipment need to be kept completely set up and ready to use? If the equipment can only be moved as a whole piece, can the company you choose send it in a truck for you? These may seem like a lot of questions to ask, but even with high value and delicate medical equipment that you are selling, you want to find the right shipping company to deliver the equipment safely.
Due to the delicate and expensive nature of medical equipment, care must be taken when choosing a shipper. The least expensive quote may not be the right choice when shipping medical equipment.
Some of the more commonly shipped pieces of medical equipment that are shipped are:
high value diagnostic equipment
Physical therapy equipment
Ask if the company can box, crate and freight medical equipment. Since each piece of medical equipment is handled differently, the company will need to look at each piece individually. There may need to be protection on the lenses, arms, or feet of the equipment. If the medical equipment needs to be shipped internationally, look for a company that specializes in international freight preparation and international freight shipping
For more information about international freight shipping Houston and shipping medical equipment both domestically, please feel free to contact pack n send at 713 266 1450.