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Crating & Packing: When is a Crate Great?

Posted on Fri, Jun 01, 2018

Crating & Packing: When is a Crate Great?

forklift lifting shipping crates

Beyond the Box

For most people, the thought of shipping typically conjures images of boxes. Though most consumers are familiar with sending boxes and many items can safely be transported in them, some objects need extra protection or special consideration during the shipping process.

Shipments sent as freight are commonly loaded onto pallets and transported with forklifts. Pallets are frequently stacked on top of one another and can get bumped. Boxes are often placed on conveyor belts. While this may not cause any issues for sturdier shipments, delicate items may be too fragile to transport in this manner when packaged only in a box. A box can be easily opened and resealed, which is not helpful for transporting extremely valuable goods. Heavy, large, or irregularly sized items may not fit in a box.

Fortunately, there is another shipping option that can be constructed to fit any size item while protecting and securing the shipment: crates!

What Makes Crates So Great?

Crates are strong, difficult to break into undetected, and can be custom designed to fit the dimensions of the product being sent. Crate building can often be done locally and is fairly inexpensive. Crating and packing makes the shipment sturdier than standard boxes and provides protection for fragile items inside, especially when goods are stacked on top or transported on pallets. In addition to being easily customizable, many crates are reusable. Listed below are a few examples of various items that are best shipped in crates:

 What Should You Ship in Crates?

  • Large Goods:  marble or glass table tops
  • Fragile Items: chandeliers (watch the process of Crating & Packing a chandelier), glass, china, and crystal
  • Irregularly Shaped Objects: large statues and sculptures
  • Expensive, Valuable, or Irreplaceable Articles: fine art, collections, and paintings


If your shipment does not fit any of the categories listed above, it is probably safe to ship in a box. It is important to consider the character of the shipment and the method of transport when deciding on a suitable packing container. Crate shipping is an excellent alternative to a standard shipping box when additional consideration is required to get a shipment to its destination safely and securely.

Please contact us if you would like more information about crating or boxing a shipment. 


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What You Need to Know About Crate and Freight Shipping in Houston

Posted on Tue, Feb 13, 2018


What You Need to Know About Crate and Freight Shipping in Houston


When shipping items across the country or overseas, oftentimes you need the help of a professional service to make sure the item is packed correctly and shipped by the best method. One of the ways a shipping company moves large, unusually sized, or fragile items it by creating custom crates.

What is Crating?

When a shipping company crates an item, they can use existing crates or custom crates, depending on their need. Custom crating ensures the crate is an exact fit for the item, which is especially important for fragile items. Paintings and other works of art are often sent in custom crates. Common items that require packing and crating services include sculptures, chandeliers, computers, servers, medical equipment, and antiques.

How do National and International Freight Work?

National Freight

For standard items, shipping companies partner with the regular shipping carriers like USPS, UPS, DHL, and FedEx. To move larger items, they work with trucking companies like Yellow Freight, Roadway, SAIA, and Central.

International Freight

International shipping can be completed by overseas shipping carriers; your stateside shipping company can help you make that connection. A shipping company can also help you with customs forms and arranging brokers at the destination. Finally, a freight company will make calls to the destination a day in advance to alert them on the arrival of shipped items and to set up a drop off time.

Contact Pack n Send With Your Crate and Freight Needs

If you need assistance with crating or freighting items in Houston, Texas, Pack n Send is hear to help. We have shipped many items for our clients in our 35+ years of operation, including some amazingly unique items. For example, we have shipped a ride from a theme park, a painting valued at nearly $1 million, a 10' taxidermy polar bear, and an computerized dragon!

For more information on crating and freighting services from Pack n Send, contact us for more information or click below to request a shipping quote.


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Houston Artwork Shipper Answers Questions About Artwork Shipping

Posted on Wed, Apr 03, 2013

When a customer was worried how to ship artwork, pack n send wrote a blog to help her look for an artwork shipper.

I asked a customer what she worried about when shipping artwork.

Her answer was “Just about everything.” This is an updated blog is for my customer who needs help with artwork shipping.

When you want to ship artwork, look for a company that specializes in shipping high value items. If the company is experienced at shipping delicate and valuable items for their customers, you can then ask about how they intend to ship your artwork. Think delicate pieces of glass, marble statutes and glass chandeliers.

If you intend on shipping art, or a picture with glass, ask the company if they use a special tape in order to protect the glass. This tape will attach to broken glass to make sure that a piece of artwork is not ruined if glass breaks during shipping. The tape is easily removed upon receipt of your piece of art work.  If it is a sculpture, look at crating companies that can they build a crate in their warehouse that will specifically fit your sculpture. If it a valuable oil painting, see if they  can they build a custom crate for you to match the size of your painting?

We have a few basic suggestions of things that you should look for when you are choosing a company that you would like to use to ship your art work.

 In order to move a valuable piece of artwork, a custom built crate is highly recommended. You can line the crate with one inch of Styrofoam on each side. That would be top, bottom and all four sides. By placing the picture on top of the Styrofoam that fits perfectly around the picture, you have insulated the glass from shock

 We suggest that you use a custom built crate when you are moving or shipping fine art work. Let your shipping company determine the exact measurement of your piece of artwork. You want a secure fit inside of the crate. We make these suggestions because art work shipping requires special knowledge about shipping, custom boxing and custom crate making.  For less expensive paintings, you can ask that a custom box be built. Again, ask for the box to be lined with Styrofoam. Let the shipping company do the measuring of your art work.

When looking for an artwork shipper, ask if the company ships for private collectors. Do they specialize in shipping artwork for art exhibitions and then offer to ship the artwork back to the private collector?  When you are shipping a valuable piece of art work to an auction, ask for a reusable crate to be built.  That way if the piece of artwork does not sell, you can easily have it shipped back to you. We recommend using heat treated wood that is able to be shipped worldwide. That way if you sell the artwork at a later date, you can ship it anywhere in the world.

Be sure to ask if the company that you are using ships for both auction houses, art galleries, art dealers and individuals.  If you are shipping multiple pieces of artwork at the same time to the same location, see if more than one piece of artwork can fit inside the same crate.

Can the company offer freight, moving and common carrier shipping options? This is not a one size fits all shipping arrangement. Ask if the company can offer both international and domestic shipping. Ask if the company can offer both residential and commercial pick up and delivery of art.

For my customer, I hope that these suggestions helps you ease your mind the next time you would like to ship a piece of artwork.


If you have any other questions about shipping a piece of art work, please feel free to contact pack n send at 713 266 1450. Pack n send is a Houston crating company that picks up and ships art work both in Houston and all over the United States.


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