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Choose the Most Reliable Way to Send Packages This Holiday Season

Posted on Sat, Oct 20, 2018

 

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As the holidays approach, you might be sending treasured care packages to your loved ones far away. Or, you might be sending them items they left behind when moving overseas. Regardless of the reason, there might be certain concerns as to what can be shipped internationally and the expense it will pose to you. Here are a few reasons to consider using a reliable shipping company this holiday season.

What items can be shipped internationally?

Before purchasing and boxing items to send to a loved one, check to make sure the items are not restricted from being exported from one country to another. Many household items are not restricted; however, items such as oxidizing agents, medications, dietary supplements, and perishable products are not safe for shipping internationally. There are also numerous other items which cannot be shipped internationally, so make sure you familiarize yourself with the regulations of the receiving country.

Difficulties of trying to ship on your own.

The destination of the items that are being shipped could determine if your package runs into delivery problems. It is easier to ship to some countries over others. Some countries have multiple taxes and duties which are imposed on imports. Not to mention the economic status can make delivery a nightmare.

Will you pay tax and duty?

Actually, all countries have a tax threshold where a person will begin paying taxes. However, tax and duty do not apply to every shipment being sent internationally, but when it does apply, it can be expensive. It can be a lot to wrap your mind around if you are not familiar with the practice of sending items internationally. The best way to send packages safely and keep from overspending and not having packages delivered is to use quality international shipping companies. These companies know all about shipping packages safely, what can be shipped. Remember that duties and taxes are assessed by the country that you are shipping to.   Visit us to find out more about reliably sending overseas packages to your loved ones this holiday season.

Tags: International Shipping Houston, Packing and Shipping Services, Shipping Businesses Houston

Choosing an International Shipping Company - Questions to Ask

Posted on Thu, Oct 18, 2018

Navigating the international freight shipping  industry can be a bit challenging - especially if you are shipping items overseas for the first time. Fortunately, you can help make sure that you choose the best mode of international shipping simply by considering your time frame, budget, and order size. Here are four questions to ask yourself to help you determine whether you should ship your order by air freight or ocean freight.

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1) How urgently are the items needed overseas?

Shipping an order by sea freight can result in a delivery time of weeks or even months depending upon your ultimate destination. Air freight, on the other hand, can help ensure that your order arrives in as little as a day or two. If you are shipping urgently needed items such as medical devices, you should always consider shipping by air unless your budget does not allow it. You may need a relocation specialist if you are moving overseas for work or for retirement.

2) What is the size of the order you are shipping?

Some airlines impose height restrictions that may prevent you from shipping overly tall or heavy items to certain locations. In these cases, you will either need to lie the items flat (which is not always feasible) or ship the goods via sea freight container. A 40-foot high cube sea freight container is a good shipping option for a collection of large items that exceed the 8 ft 6 in height of a standard shipping container.  

3) What is your budget?

While air freight will enable your goods to reach their destination much faster, shipping by air is significantly more costly than shipping by ocean. It is always a good idea to request a quote in advance to compare rates and ensure that you choose a shipping mode that meets your budget. With new companies in the Houston area going global every day, many carriers are eager to earn your business by offering competitive rates.

4) How close is your destination to the nearest airport or seaport?

Some countries such as Uganda, Bolivia, and Ethiopia are landlocked, presenting a greater challenge for ocean freight carriers. When using sea freight to ship to a landlocked country, a multi-modal form of shipping is often used. Once the goods arrive by sea at the nearest port, they are then transported by rail or truck to the ultimate destination.

The Bottom Line

Before finalizing your next overseas order, be sure to select your mode of shipping with care. We invite you to contact us to learn about other factors to consider when evaluating international freight options. We look forward to serving as your trusted resource for all of your shipping needs!

Tags: International Cargo, international shipping, Moving Company Houston, Logistics Houston

Moving Companies Guide for Seniors Downsizing Without The Stress

Posted on Tue, Oct 16, 2018

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After retirement, many seniors begin thinking about making life a little simpler. Often, that means downsizing into a smaller home that will provide both safety and a smaller space to take care of. Downsizing can be a great way for seniors to make things easier during their golden years, but there are plenty of things to consider before making any big decisions. Moving from the home you’ve lived in for many years is a major job, both physically and emotionally, and will require some careful thought and planning.

 

The first step is to think about a budget and make sure your current home is in good condition to sell. It’s a good idea to do some research to find out what buyers in your area are looking for, how much the average home sells for--in Houston, Texas, the median price is $228,000--and what kind of upgrades you can do to your home to make it more appealing to buyers while staying within your budget. Small DIY projects, such as adding curb appeal with colorful flowers and trimming hedges to give the front yard a neat look, are great places to start.

 

Keep reading for the best tips on how to downsize without all the stress.

 

Ask for help

 

Going through your home and belongings to make changes can be a very emotional process, so it’s a good idea to ask close friends or loved ones to help out. This can be especially helpful when trying to decide which items to get rid of. An unfortunate side of downsizing is having to make hard decisions about what to take with you to the new home, but if you have loved ones with you, the process will be much easier. Sentimental objects can possibly be handed down to children or grandchildren, while things that haven’t been used in a long time might be donated. Start in one room and work your way out, and take your time in order to avoid becoming overwhelmed. Moving companies can help both with the move and distributing unneeded possessions to family members and friends.

 

Find the right home

 

Finding the right home for your needs can take some time. If you like the area you currently live in, start there and work your way out during the search. Write down qualities you can’t live without in a home, such as a single story or a small yard to take care of, and prioritize them. You may not find a home that meets every one of your needs, but if there are some things you could live without, you can look for a house that comes close and make some small changes after you move in.

 

Do some research

 

In order to be well prepared, you’ll want to do some research when it comes to figuring out what buyers are looking for. If your home needs a few updates, it’s important to get them taken care of before you put it on the market. Talk to a realtor who can help you look for cost-effective ways to spruce up your home so you can get full value. You can look here for some great tips on how to sell your home quickly.

 

Once you’ve found a place you love, take pictures of the interior so you’ll have an idea of where windows, doors, and closets are. This will help you decide what furniture to bring and how to consolidate larger belongings.

 

Keep safety a priority

 

Your safety is a priority during this process, but especially on moving day. Whether you hire movers or ask close friends and family to help out, you’ll want to make sure they’re aware of your needs if you have health or mobility issues. Stop and take breaks during the day, stay hydrated, and don’t forget to eat a little something. It’s a good idea to have some snacks handy for everyone.

 

Downsizing is a big decision, so it’s important to talk to your family about your ideas so they can help execute them. Remember to take your time to avoid stress; don’t feel pressured during the process. Your safety and health are priorities, so take the planning period slowly and make the right decision for you.

For help with downsizing and moving, please feel free to contact us at 713 266 1450

4 Ways Staging Helps a Home or Office Sell for More

Posted on Fri, Oct 12, 2018

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While having an empty house or office for sale might seem like a good move for clean freaks and other buyers who don't want the place to be furnished, the truth is, staging pays off.

The phrase "staging" simply means strategically arranging the furniture and decor in a house in a way that makes it look best to buyers. Household movers can assist you with staging your home.

The term is often confused with "decorating," which may be the reason many sellers reject the idea. But that mix-up might keep you from selling your house quickly and at the highest possible price. HGTV's Kris Berg describes the seller's emotional state this way:

I see many home sellers confuse staging with decorating and consequently resisting the process and the recommendations of the staging professional. But the reality is that the moment you commit to marketing your home for sale, you need to commit to transforming your home into a place that potential buyers can easily picture as their home.

The same goes for staging commercial properties like offices, or even the backyard if needed to sell your property quickly at the price you'd like. Still not convinced? Here are four top reasons staging is a great idea for sellers:

Staging lets your property speak to buyers, instead of reflecting the seller's taste.

Yes, the home or maybe the office you're selling reflect years or even decades of personal purchases and design choices. But when you're selling, it's the structure buyers want to see, not your sense of style or nostalgic mementos. So even though your home is what Berg calls "a life-size memory book" of the time you spent there, you want to present the property in a way that will help potential buyers envision making their own memories. You want to show off your home or office's potential, not the stuff you've accumulated in your time there.

Staging helps you attach a label that sells to your property.

It's an open secret in the real estate industry that buyers refer to the places they're viewing with a label. If you don't stage, you run the risk of that phrase being, "the house with the Hummel collection" instead of "the one with all the great natural light." Any time you can help simplify a potential buyer's positive perception of your real estate offering, you're way ahead of the game.

Staging cancels out clutter.

In reality, your buyers probably have just as many cute coffee cups on the kitchen counter as you do, and maybe even just as many golf clubs in the foyer closet and CDs on the television stand. But here's the thing. When someone is buying, they don't want to think about clutter, much less see it. So when you stage a property that's immaculate, they can see the structure and the space--and maybe dream a little about how they'll live a clutter-free lifestyle in this new house. All those positive possibilities set you up to stay very close to your asking price, and get the best offers from potential buyers.

Staging now paves the way for a smooth relocation later.

Particularly if you've used the services of a packing, freighting and crating company to move or store most of the furniture and art you want to keep for your next home, staging now takes some of the stress out of packing up to move later. When you've already cleared out the stuff of memories, you can assure a buyer who's ready to move in right away (and pay more for the privilege) that you can be out quickly--and mean it.

Staging's a Pain, But It Pays Off.

A professional stager worthy of the name may make your life a little miserable for a while, what with all the rearranging, reallocating, and yes, personal remarks that go into the process. HGTV's Berg sums it up honestly this way:

Make no mistake -- professional staging is an inconvenience. Your daily routine will be turned, at least temporarily, on its head. And it can be unsettling as you watch your life rearranged to suit the tastes of others. But if selling your home in the shortest amount of time and for the most money is your goal, it is precisely those 'others' who should be your focus.

Just a few of the staging steps might include not-so-fun tasks like storing every one of your personal photos, painting interior rooms and maybe the front door, stashing away all your lawn furniture and even avoiding cooking "smelly" foods on showing days. No more bacon for breakfast!

You, or the staging professional you hire, will also need to minimize your furniture and arrange it for traffic flow and to show off your square footage. Your pup's favorite chair? The butcher block table blocking the breakfast nook? Gotta go. You may even need to rent more streamlined furniture until your house sells.

Yes, it can be annoying and tiring. But the gains are so very worth it, right? Since you know you, your memories, and your stuff aren't going to be at this house ever again, might as well get the best price from whoever moves in next.

And if you want to ease the process a bit, we're here for you. Contact us today to find out how we help sellers during staging, while their house is for sale, and for after-the-closing moves.

Tags: Moving Company Houston, small home office move, staging

International Shipping From the Port of Houston

Posted on Tue, Oct 09, 2018

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Did you know that the Port of Houston is a leader in international shipping, and has been for more than 100 years? In 2016, the port created more than a million jobs, and it continues to support the local economy in a big way today. 

Versatility in International Shipping

While it's been around for a long time, it is not a company of the past. Instead, the Port of Houston is a forward-looking company which is doing everything it can to prepare for the future of international shipping. According to their own website, their vision statement is, "America's distribution hub for the next generation."  

The Port of Houston doesn't only exist for big-name companies, but for anyone who is looking to ship internationally. This includes people who have come to Texas to shop and need a way to send goods back to their home or business. It also includes residents who are moving overseas, as well as many other circumstances where a large amount of items need to be moved.

The Logistics

International freight shipping can bring up lots of questions. Should you use boxes, pallets, or containers to ship your items? Do you need to use air or ocean? The sheer mileage can be intimidating, as well as the laws of the country receiving your items.

However, it is important to note that the vast oceans of our world have been used for centuries, for leisure as well as for big trades. Today, there are plenty of shipping experts who know exactly what to do and can help you figure out what kind of shipping is best for your items. 

We have been shipping internationally for years, and have shipped almost anything you can think of. If you are planning on shipping internationally in the near future, contact us for more information on exactly how you should ship your items. 

 

Tags: International Shipping Houston, Port of Houston Shipping

The Art of Shipping Sculptures and Art Pieces

Posted on Wed, Oct 03, 2018

Eduardo Portillo is a Salvadorian artist based in Houston. His work creatively explores the relationship between paintings and sculpture. His canvases challenge the perception that a painting has to hang flat against a surface, with his pieces often protruding from the wall at asymmetrical and interesting angles. Artists like Portillo, who have exhibits at galleries such as Anya Tisch Gallery, have to rely on shipping companies to transport their work to various galleries for exhibitions. Artwork is precious to the creator and many pieces are very valuable. Transporting this type of cargo needs to be done professionally and with great care. 

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For artwork like Portillo's, a standard box for shipping will not do. Sculptures, oil paintings, porcelain vases, and other uniquely shaped pieces have special shipping requirements. Often, a custom crate must be made for the item in question, and the cost depends on the dimensions of the article to be shipped. Depending on the piece of art, it is sometimes necessary to have special braces inside the crate to provide protection and support. This added bracing and support will increase the cost of a custom-made crate.

For additional protection of artwork, it is best to ship in a crate made of heat treated wood. Wood that is treated in this manner is heated to 133 degrees Fahrenheit for thirty minutes in a closed chamber. This process ensures that all potential pathogens in the wood are destroyed. This process of heat treating can kill fungus, insects and bacteria. Shipping in a crate made of heat treated wood provides the best possible shipping environment for valuable artwork. There are special packaging materials which can also be used to help ensure the artwork arrives safely at its destination.  

Pack and Send is  experienced at the process of shipping artwork. They have sent valuable pieces safely to destinations around the world. They also have shipped traveling pieces, and can provide crates that are reusable for artwork that will be on display at multiple sites. Contact us for an estimate and assistance today. 

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Shipping That One-of-a-Kind

Posted on Tue, Oct 02, 2018

 

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Consumers  have a number of options available to them when they need  to ship their specialty item. They  can head out to the store, buy a trunk load of bubble wrap and hope for the best. They can also haul their  item to a chain shipping retail store, hand it off to the guy who has worked there all of two weeks and pay the extra for the insurance you're almost guaranteed to need. Or, they  can find a local, family owned business with professionally trained people who care about their customers and have had repeat, satisfied customers. 

Odds are, the new kid at the retail shipping place won't know what needs to be strapped to a pallet, protected in a custom made skeleton crate, or fully enclosed in a one of a kind full wood crate. To the guy at that place, your item will either fit into a box with Styrofoam peanuts tossed in on top, or it won't, and you'll be looking for the next place anyhow. 

Whether you have one specialty item to ship or a thousand, you should look for a reputable company that knows how to ship unique and one-of-a-kind items, from original oil paintings to twelve foot tall marble statues. The right freight packing company for your item won't need you to drag it down to a retail outlet in the back of a pickup truck. They should first provide you with a quote, then, if needed, come to the item, take detailed measurements, construct a custom shipping container based on the needs of the item and the customer, then load it for you and see it safely delivered.

So think before you hand over your original 18th century oil painting or that family piece that survived safe passage from the old country two hundred years ago, and make sure to find a freight company that values their reputation just as much as you value your item. Pack n send in Houston has been in business since 1981 and can help you with your pick up, packing and shipping needs. We can help you with shipping that one of kind item, or shipping multiple items to multiple locations.

 Contact us to learn more.

Tags: Packing and Shipping Services, Shipping Artwork, Freight Shipper Houston

Delivering and Receiving at a Freight Warehouse

Posted on Fri, Sep 28, 2018

 

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Freight shipping is a massive component of the merchandising industry. Whether it's a load of toys or clothing for a retail store, a weekly delivery of canned goods to a small-town grocery store, or a lumber of raw material to a manufacturer, the highways and interstates are packed with trucks hauling loads of freight.

Preparing for a Freight Warehouse Delivery

It would be great if a load of freight arrived at its destination and was immediately tagged and put on store shelves, but that's rarely how things work. Most retailers order more freight than they have room for in their actual store. Most of the freight is stored in a warehouse until it's eventually needed.

Proper preparation and solid communication between the retailer and the freight shipping company are key aspects of a successful freight delivery.

The best way to ensure that the freight delivery process goes smoothly is by working closely with the freight shipping company to confirm exactly what will be arriving, the date, and the approximate time the driver will arrive in the warehouse lot.

While you wait for the freight order to arrive, you should prep the warehouse for the order. To ensure a smooth unloading process, have plenty of staff on duty to help unload the truck, already have a space where the shipment will go, and have any scanners and printers on hand if additional identification labels need to be attached to the boxes.

Receiving a Freight Warehouse Delivery

At the time the freight warehouse delivery is scheduled to arrive, the individual in charge of accepting and overseeing the delivery should be at the warehouse, ready to greet the freight driver. As the truck is unloaded, the person in charge is responsible for double checking that the information on the packages matches the invoice. Each container should be examined as it's unloaded because damaged containers or containers with broken seals will need to be set aside.

The more organized the acceptance and transfer of the freight warehouse delivery is, the less stressful and more cost effective the process of accepting orders becomes.

Contact us if you have any questions about how the freight warehouse delivery process works. We're happy to provide suggestions for making the process smoother for everyone involved.

Tags: Packing and Shipping Services, Freight Distribution, Freight Receiving, Domestic Freight

Freight shipping recommendations-- Freight Forwarding

Posted on Mon, Sep 24, 2018

 

 crates, boxes and pallet pictures 220Freight shipping will run smoothly when you follow a few simple recommendations.

Ask your customer for the  receivers,  name, company name, address and phone number. Verify this information  before the shipment goes out.  The freight company will call in advance to schedule the delivery. They will not show up unless they have verified that the recipient will be there.  If they make an appointment with your receiver and the receiver is not there, there will be additional charges that are incurred.

  Ask  the freight shipment is going to a commercial address or to a residence.  Businesses that are located in residences will still be billed as a shipment going to a business.

Ask if there is a loading dock at the pick up and the delivery facility. Check to see if there is easy access to the loading dock. If there is no loading dock then a truck with a lift gate will be needed. Most freight companies charge extra  for using trucks with lift gates.

Will the freight that you are shipping fit inside of the freight truck. Check with the freight company that you are using for the maximum height, width, weight  and depth of your freight shipment. Over size shipment may need to ship out on a flat bed truck.

 Will a large truck be able to access the loading dock, or will a small truck be needed in order facilitate the delivery?

Check on the freight receiving hours. Does the  business receive freight between the hours of eight am to five pm, or do they only receive freight shipments at specified times?

These are just a few freight shipping suggestions. Special care and instructions need to be followed when packing freight for shipping on a freight truck.

For more information about shipping freight on a truck, please feel free to contact us. Pack n send in Houston has been in business since 1981 and can pack freight for you and your company.

 

 

 

 

 

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International Logistics Questions Answered

Posted on Wed, Sep 19, 2018

 

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Can I ship anything I want to any country in the world?

The answer is no.   There are embargoed countries that the United States does not ship to. Each and every country that accepts goods from the United States supplies a list of items that are not allowed into each respective country. Arms, ammunition and hazardous materials  are often on the list. Some countries exclude religious items, gambling items and even decks of playing cards.

Governments often require import permits for medications and other items  before they can enter the country . We suggest  researching the country that you are shipping to before you contract to have an item delivered.

Do I need a complete shipping address in order to send something out of the United States?

The answer is yes. You also need to provide a contact name and phone number.  If possible, add the email  address to the shipping documents.

Should I send items via ocean or air shipping?

This all depends on the  dimensions and weight of the items that you are shipping. A standard rule is that you have more than nine cubic meters of goods, it will be cost effective to ship inside of a container.  Shipping by ocean takes longer than shipping by air.  Air shipping is based on dimensions and weigh and is a much faster shipping option.

With ocean shipping, you can fit a lot of merchandise inside of a 20 foot shipping container. For larger shipments, a  40 foot shipping container will hold all of the merchandise that you want to ship.

Options for air shipping include direct shipping to a residence or business.  Sometimes it  costs less to have packages sent to an airport, where the recipient clears it through customs and picks up the package themselves.

For more information on international  cargo shipping, international air shipping,  or international logistics, please feel free to contact us.

 

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