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3 Unusual Things Ever Shipped | Shipping Companies Houston

Posted on Thu, Nov 13, 2014

Whether large or small, at one point or another unusual items must travel distances to reach its destination. Shipping companies Houston have seen their fair share of live animals, delicates, and many unique items. Across the history of shipping items, there have been many unsual items sent. Let's now learn of 3 of the most unusual things ever shipped.  


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Keiko the Killer Whale

The blockbuster movie Free Willy (1993) made an international star of the whale that played Willy, a killer whale living in Mexico named Keiko. Actually, Willy had a few names when he was captured as a youngster in the wild in 1979. The Mexican aquarium that kept Keiko for the majority of his life had substandard equipment for keeping a whale healthy.

Eventually, it was decided to move the six ton whale to a better aquarium in Oregon, and then to a “halfway” home in Norway, where he would be trained to hunt for himself and then released into the wild. Keiko was officially moved by UPS. He flew in a C-130 to Oregon, put on another 1,000 pounds and then was flown in a C-17. The plane suffered over $1 million in damages, but it got the job done and Keiko arrived safely. Sadly, he did not survive living in the wild and died in 2003 at the young age of 27.



London Bridge

Perhaps the ultimate status symbol, the ultra-rich Richard McCullough bought the 131 year old London Bridge for his town of Lake Havasu, Arizona in 1962. The famous bridge was scheduled to be demolished because of how unstable it was becoming. McCullough’s winning bid was $2.46 million. McCullough hoped that London Bridge would draw tourists to the town that he founded. This did not turn out as planned.

The entire bridge had to dismantled, brick by brick, numbered and sent by boat over the Pond to America. The numbered elements helped engineers in Arizona to reassemble the bridge. It cost McCullough another $7 million and nine years to move the historic bridge.  London Bridge did not have to deal with the inclement English weather or the immense loads of London traffic; it has stood safely since its rededication ceremony in October of 1971.



The Statue of Liberty

This famous American icon was created in France as a gift for America’s centennial in 1876. Like most international projects, the Statue of Liberty was not ready in time for the 1876 centennial celebrations. Frederic Auguste Bartholdi made the gigantic copper and iron statue in Paris. The model for Lad Liberty is said to be Bartholdi’s own mother. The finished statue was unveiled on July 4, 1884. After a lot of official fuss, the sculpture was then chopped up into 350 parts, stuck into 214 huge wooden crates and shipped across the Atlantic by ship.

The statue had to wait while a suitable platform was created. Bedloe’s Island, which one housed a prison, was chosen because of its handy location in New York Harbor directly in between the states of New York and New Jersey. After the platform was created, the 450,000 pound statue was carefully reassembled. Finally, President Grover Cleveland officially dedicated the Statue of Liberty on October 28, 1885. Time has changed Lady Liberty from a bright copper color to a soft greenish-blue.


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Is There a Way to Get Truly Free Package Shipping?

Posted on Tue, Jan 15, 2013

Suzanne Johnston wrote an article on Jan 9, 2013 asking if free shipping is worth it. Being a Houston shipping company we were very interested in her thoughts.

I guess that the best way to summarize her article is that nothing is really free.  Shipping costs are somehow passed on to consumers, whether they are aware of them or not.  Look at all the websites that offer shipping free if you only spend say fifty or one hundred dollars. You may have entered the website hoping to spend twenty five dollars. Just think, if you double your budget, you can save on the shipping charges.

Is this really a savings to you?  We do not think so. This is a way to get you, the consumer to spend more money on their website.  Did you really need two sets of pans or two blenders?  Probably not, but you now have “free shipping”.

It seems that every January both Fed Ex and UPS raise their rates.  Even at five per cent, the increase in rates appears to be higher than the rate of inflation. We thing that this is one of the reasons that the “free shipping” bargain appeals to many shoppers

As these rates go up, we are noticing more websites offering “free shipping” with the United States Postal Service.  Since these orders are difficult to trace, the time you spend looking for your lost item, may be more than the money you would have spent shipping via UPS or Fed Ex.  On both of their websites, information is quickly updated and you can track the actual progress of shipments.

At pack n send we prefer to give our customers a tracking number so that they can watch as their package moves from one location to another. This lets our customer know when their package was delivered.  If we request a signature, they can even see who signed for their package.    This past year we began tweets about ways to make your shipping experience easier when shipping gifts.

Our most important suggestion was to always verify the recipients address before you send out a shipment. During the year, individuals and companies may move. While their email and phone numbers may have stayed the same, their physical address may have changed.  It is much easier to ship a package to the recipient’s correct address rather than have the package rerouted or redelivered when you have shipped it to a bad address.


We have a few other tips when you are shipping on your own:

Always use a sturdy box when shipping. Remember that when you ship with a common carrier, the box may be tossed, thrown, and put on a conveyor belt. Our best suggestion is to see if you can press down on the box and leave an impression. If the flaps of the box move, you probably have not provided enough padding. For delicate items, we recommend using 5/16 inch bubble and then Styrofoam peanuts that are tightly packed inside the box.

Do not wrap your box in a brown paper bag. The bag may get torn or completely taken off the box when the box is on the conveyor belt. It is a much better idea to use a sturdy box, and put the label directly on the box. If your paper bag is separated from your package, then the item you have sent will not be delivered.

When shipping for any holiday, do not wait until the last minute to ship your item.  The heavier the shipping load for the major carriers, the higher the probability that a mistake could happen.  If you wait until the last minute, you may not be able to ship via ground. Ground shipping is generally less expensive than air shipping.

If you would like any other information about packing or shipping in Houston or in the rest of the country, please feel free to contact pack n send at 713 266 1450.

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Antique Shipping Houston- A Special Service

Posted on Wed, Feb 23, 2011


 Antique desk on display at the old courthouse museum in Tombstone, Arizona.

Antique shipping and moving is a very specialized service.  When you want to move just a small amount of antique furniture, you can have it custom crated and then freighted. 

Some pieces of antique furniture can go on a pallet, surrounding the furniture with protection and stretch wrap, and shipping the furniture via truck to its new city.

Some pieces will need to be custom crated. The crate will need to be built specifically to fit your antique.

The crating company should have years of experience both handling and valuing antiques. Remember: every crate will need to be built to specifically fit your individual item.

If you have many pieces of antique furniture you may use a special mover that specializes in moving antiques.

Make sure they know how to properly pack and prepare the furniture for your move.  Some of it may be blanket wrapped, some of it may be wrapped in flexible cardboard and some may need to be crated for the move.

You will want to make sure that you have a current appraisal before valuing the antique for shipping.

If you are shipping antique sculptures or art work, look for a firm that specializes in packing and crating high value items from one city to another.

Finding a company that can offer varied services when shipping antiques will help save you money.  You want to make sure that your antiques arrive in pristine condition.

For help with antique furniture shipping or if you have any questions about shipping antiques, please feel free to contact pack n send at  713 266 1450.

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Optimistic Future Seen For US Manufacturing-Good for Freight Industry

Posted on Wed, Dec 15, 2010

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The U.S. manufacturing sector will grow in 2011, with manufacturing revenue increasing by 5.6% according to the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) semi-annual forecast released.

The overall forecast projects optimism about the U.S. economy for 2011. The manufacturing sector, overall, is positive about prospects in 2011 with revenues expected to increase in 16 of 18 industries. ISM also predicts that business investment, a major driver in the U.S. economy, will increase substantially in the manufacturing sector.

The 16 manufacturing industries expecting improvement over 2010 — listed in order — are: Primary Metals; Fabricated Metal Products; Petroleum & Coal Products; Apparel, Leather & Allied Products; Transportation Equipment; Miscellaneous Manufacturing; Furniture & Related Products; Plastics & Rubber Products; Machinery; Textile Mills; Wood Products; Electrical Equipment, Appliances & Components; Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products; Printing & Related Support Activities; Chemical Products; and Paper Products.

"Manufacturing purchasing and supply executives have expectations for continued growth and are optimistic about their organizations' prospects as they consider the first half of 2011, and they are even more positive about the second half," said Norbert J. Ore, CPSM, C.P.M., chair of the ISM Manufacturing Business Survey Committee. "While 2010 has been a year of recovery in manufacturing, our forecast sees improvements in both investment and employment in 2011. Respondents expect cost pressures in 2011 to be somewhat greater than in 2010. Manufacturing growth is now in its 16th consecutive month as measured by and reported in the monthly Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®."

In the manufacturing sector, respondents report operating at 80.2% of their normal capacity, up from 72.8% reported in April 2010. Purchasing and supply executives predict that capital expenditures will increase by 14.5% in 2011, compared to a 5.9% increase reported for 2010. Survey respondents also forecast that they will reduce inventories in an effort to improve their purchased inventory-to-sales ratio in 2011. Manufacturers have an expectation that employment in the sector will increase by 1.8%, while labor and benefits costs are expected to increase an average of 1.9% in 2011. Manufacturing purchasers are predicting strength in exports and imports in 2011. They also expect the U.S. dollar to weaken on average against the currencies of major trading partners.

Pack n send has reprinted this article from It highlights and optimistic future  in 2011 for the manufacturing sector of the US economy.


For information about shipping commercial and residential goods as freight and cargo, please feel free to contact pack n send at  713 266 1450.


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Freight and Cargo Shipments delayed world wide

Posted on Mon, Dec 13, 2010

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With the holidays rapidly approaching, nature is unleashing dramatic weather events world wide.  Pack n send is posting this in order to keep both our Houston, US and international shippers updated on current weather events.  This article is reprinted from the Handy   Shipping Guide.

WORLD WIDE – After  suspending truck drivers hours of servicece in Scotland due to heavy snowfalls in the past weeks comes news of unseasonal weather elsewhere affecting the logistics sector across the globe. One of the worst hit areas is Queensland where continuous rain has caused major disruptions, particularly to coal deliveries as rail operator QR National has just reinstated rail freight services between the mines and the export terminals at Hay Point .

The extreme conditions have meant that several mines have issued notice of force majeure meaning that forces beyond their control may cause them unable to fulfil their contracts and upward of thirty vessels are believed to be waiting off the coast for loading. Despite the reintroduction of services QR have put speed restrictions in place as a safety measure.

Also in Queensland cotton farmers are facing up to the loss of millions of dollars as this years crop is devastated by floods. Rivers have risen several metres and inundated thousands of hectares of farmland.

In the US and Canada up to 60 centimetres of snow has fallen in the past few days bringing deliveries to a standstill in many area and, most shocking of all, areas of the Middle East have witnessed snowfalls and storm conditions which caused the closure of the ports of Tartous in Syria and Alexandria and Nuweiba in Egypt.

The storm swept through the Mediterranean killing several people in Egypt and Lebanon and sinking a Moldovan registered dry bulk carrier off Ashdod. The MV Adriatic was carrying iron ore, her eleven man Ukrainian crew being rescued by a Panamanian freighter. At least one other vessel needed assistance in the area as waves, reportedly up to ten metres, battered the coastline wreaking havoc in harbours in Lebanon and Israel.

The entire region has been suffering drought conditions for several months causing the recent devastating fire in Israel and, whilst sandstorms continued to sweep parts of Egypt and Jordan yesterday Lebanese truck drivers battled frozen roads. Several vessels were refused access to the Suez Canal during the worst of the weather which seems to be clearing in most areas today.

For updates on shipping delays for both freight and cargo, please feel free to contact pack n send at  713 266 1450.

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Deal with South Korea good for Houston Shipping and US Shipping

Posted on Tue, Dec 07, 2010

Pack n send is posting this article to show the opening of trade with South Korea during 2011. This is a good sign both for US exports and US jobs.

US – SOUTH KOREA – With the EU’s Free Trade agreement scheduled to begin with Korea next July, the United States has moved to negate the terms agreed with the Bush administration over car and truck exports which has engendered much anger amongst American manufacturers. Simultaneously terms are to be discussed regarding US shipments of beef and other products with a view to negotiating an agreement similar to that of the European model.

Chairman of the  President's Export  Council and the Business Roundtable Trade Committee and boss of  Boeing, Jim McNerney, welcomed the opening up of the Korean market and agreed with the President’s statement that US producers would benefit from increased exports, saying:

"The agreement on beef, autos and other issues that the Administration announced earlier today with the Republic of Korea is great news for the U.S. economy and American workers. The announced breakthroughs on some very difficult issues remove the final barriers to enactment of a U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement that will set the stage for a dramatic increase in trade between the United States and Korea, and spur job-creating economic growth here at home.

"The agreement gives American workers a chance to compete by eliminating numerous impediments to the sale of U.S. goods and services to Korea. For instance, U.S. exports to that country currently face an applied tariff of more than 11 percent, which puts U.S. companies and workers at a big disadvantage when competing against companies and workers from nations that already have free trade agreements in place. By levelling the playing field with this agreement, U.S. government officials estimate that American exports to Korea will grow by nearly $11 billion – which means more work and more jobs here at home.

"The Korean economy is dynamic and presents tremendous opportunities for the sale of American manufactured goods, agricultural products, and services. We urge Congress to make ratification of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement a top priority. Doing so will spur the kind of export-driven economic activity we need to create American jobs—an important goal of the Administration under its National Export Initiative."

President Obama found himself under enormous pressure to renegotiate Bush’s un-ratified terms when US auto makers ridiculed the agreement originally proposed with Ford claiming in the national press that the imbalance meant the US exported only one vehicle to the Koreans for every fifty two imported to the States.

Disputes over the imbalance of safety levels and tax benefits for larger and more fuel efficient trucks and cars were resolved with the manufacturers’ figures indicating that up to 70,000 US jobs could be dependent on the negotiation of more balanced terms driving the agreement.

This article was taken from the Handy   Shipping Guide and posted on our website as a service to our customers.


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