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Antique Shipping Made Easy

Posted on Tue, Apr 30, 2013

 This article will discuss questions that you should ask before shipping an antique. 

Shipping antiques requires a company that is both a professional packing and delivery company. Ask for a customized service that will fit your specific needs. It may be a certain pick up time, a certain delivery time or shipping internationally to family members. Heirloom furniture deserves special treatment.  Memories make a piece of furniture more than something sleep on, sit on or eat on. 

You will need to look for a company that handles custom packing, custom box making, custom palletizing or even custom crating. Custom packing may require both lining the crate with Styrofoam, as well as blocking and bracing of your antique. The reason that you look at all of these options, is that each and every antique shipment is different.  For high value items a custom built crate may be needed, while for other shipments, a double wall box may be exactly what is needed for shipping. 

Certain times you will ship for an estate or to multiple family members when breaking up a home.  Sometimes it is for estate   shipping and sometimes loving parents are shipping to their children.

When shipping within the United States, you may want to look at a company that can blanket wrap your antiques and deliver them on a moving truck.  Ask if the company has minimum charges. Look for a company that will charge based on distance and the amount of space that your shipment will take up on truck. 

International shipping of antiques requires the same pick up service, but different packing specifications. If a custom crate is to be built, or if the company needs to use a custom pallet, then make sure that wood required for international shipping is used. Customs documentation will need to be prepared. Make sure that the company that you are shipping to will accept the type of antique that you are shipping. Commercial invoices will need to be prepared. If one of the antiques you are shipping is valued for more than $2500, a Schedule B number will be required. Check with the country that you are shipping to about duties and taxes that will need to be paid. Do you want to pay the duties and taxes, or will you leave it up to the recipient to pay these taxes? 

In order to determine the value to place on either your domestic or international antique shipment, you may need to obtain an appraisal.  In the case of a deceased relative, the estate may require this appraisal in order to settle the estate. Let the company that you choose to ship your antique know that you would like to take out valuation coverage.  They should cover value for both loss and damage if they pack your antique for you. If you pack your antique, they will probable offer coverage for loss only.  This makes perfect sense since you are not a professional packer.  A company will not know the type of job that you have done packing your antique.

If your antique is small and if you pack it in a box, the top of the box should not move when you press down on the top of the box. We recommend pushing down peanuts if you are using a box, to make sure that your antique does not move around during shipping.

 If you are having a difficult finding an antique shipper in your city, you may want to look up companies that concentrate in shipping the following items:  high value art work, marble, marble statutes, grandfather clocks, taxidermy animals, crystal and chandeliers. Why do we suggest items?  These items are inherently fragile.  If a company does not list antiques on their website, but does list all of these delicate and valuable items, they can probably also ship antiques.

Tags: Antique furniture moving, Shipping Antiques, Freight Companies Houston Texas

Mardi Gras 2010-Houston Freight Shipper Notes

Posted on Tue, Feb 02, 2010

Mardi Gras always falls on the Tuesday that is 46 days before Easter... always the day before Ash Wednesday, which is the start of Lent... February 16, 2010 - but that actually marks the end to all the "serious" partying. It's the season of revelry before Mardi Gras that draws the big crowds and one name says it all... Carnival! Carnival officially begins on January 6, which is known as Twelfth Night or King's Day, so named because it falls 12 days after Christmas on the day the Wise Men are said to have reached Bethlehem. By now it should be clear that the world's biggest party is also rooted in religion... well, amen to that and hallelujah, too!

Carnival celebrations fall into two categories: public and private. The private celebrations are balls held by clubs or Krewes as they are known. Some Krewes are open to everyone while others are very exclusive and made up mostly of FONOF (fine old New Orleans families). The public celebrations take the form of parades, sponsored by the very Krewes that hold the balls for members only... and much the same as last year, this year's celebrations will embrace as many people as possible. New Orleans is still a city in "recovery" and that includes "recovering" its people.

There will be however more parades this year than last! New Orleans' many Krewes have for the most part reassembled, redecorated and rededicated themselves to Mardi Gras. If you're looking for up to the minute information on the Krewes and their parade dates, check you'll find all things Mardi Gras right there!

Mardi Gras 2010 marks the 154th year of the Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. This year also marks another step in the giant plan to bring New Orleans back, and that includes everyone who made this city great... visitors and locals alike! If Mardi Gras can be a conduit for just a little healing... well then, why not party on and spread a little cheer just like past generations demonstrated when Mardi Gras returned after other tragedies... like the World Wars, for instance! Still... and for the very first time, the city's party image must also be balanced by one of financial responsibility. Bummer... but a reality nonetheless!

At least the colors of Mardi Gras have remained untarnished: purple, green and gold, chosen long ago in 1872 by that year's Rex, or King of Mardi Gras . In 1892, the colors were given meaning - purple for justice, green for faith and gold for power. A special "cake" is also celebrated (and eaten) during Mardi Gras and Carnival Season: the king cake. Sweet, roll-like dough is shaped into a big circle, cooked and brushed with purple, green and gold sugar or icing. Then a plastic baby, representing the Christ child, is tucked inside. Whoever gets the piece of cake with the baby must, by tradition, provide the next king cake... (and avoid choking as well)!

"Laissez les bon temps roulez" has never meant more in the city that never sleeps, and one thing's for sure... this year's party will be bigger and better than last... and that's a sure sign of a much needed return to normalcy, though the disaster that was Katrina will not soon be forgotten! One phrase still echoes throughout the Quarter, "It is the PEOPLE that make New Orleans great!" OK... we keep hearing that we are an integral part of the party... even of every day life in New Orleans, so it is more important than ever to support the city that recognizes our value! So, let's all meet in the Quarter and have a whole lotta fun... day and night... sound like a plan? Taken from


Pack n send has just shipped hats, banners and t-shirts for Mardi Gras promotions in New Orleans.


If you are going to Mardi  Gras and need your promotional items shipped, or just need to ship some extra luggage, please contact pack n send at 713 266 1450. We ship freight, and cargo world wide. We can also blanket wrap your furniture.         








Tags: Antique furniture moving, Shipping Houston, Freight Forwarding Houston

Furniture Freight Alternative to Moving- Houston

Posted on Tue, Jan 05, 2010

moving furnitureIf you need to move small amounts of furniture from one city to another, it may be less expensive to freight the furniture than to put it on a truck and move it.

Houston mover and freight preparation company offers advice.


Furniture freighting involves securing the furniture on a pallet, surrounding the furniture with protection and stretch wrap, and shipping the furniture via truck to its new city.

As an ultimate price saver, the furniture can be delivered on a pallet to your curb or loading dock, and you can unload it. Of course you have the option for the freight company to unload the pallet and bring the furniture into your home or office.

This is just another way to save money when shipping with Pack n Send. Do you have furniture to move somewhere in the country? Contact us for a free furniture shipping quote.

Tags: Small nationwide moving, Partial moves, Expedited service moving, Antique furniture moving, Interior designer moves, Exclusive moves, Antique moving, Small Moves, Small Nationwide Moves