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Crating & Packing: When is a Crate Great?

Posted on Fri, Jun 01, 2018

Crating & Packing: When is a Crate Great?

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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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Equipment Shipping on Pallets & Custom Crate Building

Posted on Wed, Jan 09, 2013

Most companies only offer standard pallets for a customer shipping needs. In this world of both large and small machines, we recommend looking for a company that can build a custom pallet to suit your needs. For your smaller pieces of equipment, a small pallet can be built. Why bother you may ask? What about furniture shipping, artwork shipping, auction shipping, or shipping antiques?  The same standards apply. Many individuals now freight furniture, large amounts of artwork or items that they have purchased at an auction house.

Shipping charges are based on both the size and weight of a shipment. Why not reduce the charges by having a custom pallet built.

For larger pieces of equipment, the machinery or furniture can be placed on your custom built pallet. Once the machinery or furniture is wrapped and secured, you are ready to ship item. You can store this pallet and re use it at another time. Not all companies can offer custom made pallets, but it is worth your time to do research in the city that you are shipping from.

If your ultimate shipping destination is overseas, why not have a custom pallet made out of heat treated wood when you first ship the item?   This way, your machinery does not have to be repalletized for your overseas shipment.

 For other pieces of equipment artwork or other high value or delicate items, we can recommend using custom built crates for overseas shipping.  Once again, you will need to use heat treated wood.  We recommend this option for high value or delicate pieces of equipment.

We have listed countries below that we ship to. While not all of these countries require heat treated wood, we recommend using it for any item going overseas. This way, if the import requirements change in any country while you shipment is en route, you and your company are already prepared. If you are looking for a Houston Freight Shipping company or a company that specializes in shipping antiques, please feel free to contact pack n send at 713 266 1450.

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