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Custom Crating and  Shipping for Your Artwork

Posted on Thu, Aug 09, 2018

Custom Crating and  Shipping for Your Artwork

woman receiving artwork that was shipped in a small box

Your art collection--whether grand or growing--is special to you, and needs special attention if you're moving or shipping it to a different location. Art comes in lots of shapes and sizes and demands custom care for relocating. 

Moving and shipping companies have specialty boxes that are made for flat art, like paintings and mirrors. They may have padding built into the layers for extra protection, and they come in a wide variety of sizes so almost anything from a small textile piece to an ornately carved mirror can fit! 

The Many Ways to Ship Art - From Boxes to Shipping

There are several ways to ship art, from really simple boxes to the bespoke crate. Sometimes you can blanket wrap an item and ship it on a small load truck. Nesting boxes work well for other things--bubble wrap the piece, put it in a box, and put that box in another well-padded box for shipping. Shipping companies can also build boxes for unusually sized art. 

Sculpture and ceramics may require the custom built crate. Send the shipper the dimensions, a photo, and the value, and they'll handle it from there. It's handy to have copies of appraisals or bills of sale to confirm the value of the shipment, both individually and the aggregate. Don't think a Steuben vase is too small for its own crate--if it's valuable in both sentiment and money, it's worth having a custom crate built!

How Experts Handle Shipping Artwork 

Here are some of the things the professionals do to ensure your art arrives in the same pristine condition as it left.

  • Wrap the items on a pristine surface to protect against dust and dirt
  • Wrap the whole thing in bubble wrap
  • Arrange for next-day delivery (but if you bring the artwork in on the weekend - Friday included - it won't ship until Monday)

There's an art, if you'll pardon the pun, to shipping art. One of the crucial things a professional shipper understands is how to pack each item securely enough to protect it, yet not so tight that glass will break under pressure.

Contact Pack n Send for Your Needs Shipping Artowrk

In the Houston area, Pack-n-send has been shipping artwork for generations. If you'd like more information on the custom crating process,contact us.

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The Traits of the Best Shipping Company for Shipping Medical Equipment

Posted on Thu, Aug 02, 2018

The Traits of the Best Shipping Company for Shipping Medical Equipment

shipping company unloading medical equipment from van

Shipping medical equipment is a high-risk operation. All logistics need to work together to ensure that all items are moved efficiently and safely. This is why it's important to work with a experienced shipping company to handle the job. By doing so, you can trust that your equipment will arrive to the correct destination without damage. 

So, how can you find the right shipping company to handle shipping medical equipment? The following are several qualities to look for when choosing a moving company. 

Experience

When researching a company to handle your equipment transport needs, look into how many years they have been in business. Also be sure to take note of any reputable clients they work with. By hiring a company with impressive experience, you can trust them to handle your shipments. 

Reputation

Take the time to read customer reviews for the company you are considering. These testimonials act as personal recommendations from other clients in the industry. 

Industry Knowledge

Medical equipment shipping is a niche portion of the moving industry. Companies with knowledge of this niche will know how to protect equipment through the loading and unloading process. Don't hesitate to ask the company about their specific handling processes. 

Coverage

Call a potential shipping company and ask about valuation coverage for the pieces of medical equipment you need to transport. By doing so, you can ensure that your shipment is covered and that you are prepared for any unforeseen circumstances. Their communication of their coverage also reflects the quality of their customer service. 

Organization

You want to hire a shipping company that can pack, crate or palletize and  handle logistics. 

Who's the Best Shipping Company in Houston?

By doing thorough research and selecting a reputable shipping company, you can ensure that your medical equipment arrives at its destination safely and efficiently. Once you form this working relationship, you will also have a trusted shipping company on your side for years to come. 

For medical shipment in the Houston Area, contact Pack n Send today. We have the experience you can trust for your transport needs. 

 

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Tags: Medical Equipment Moving, Medical Equipment Shipping, Houston Shipping, Shipping Company in Houston

What You Need to Know About Equipment Shipping

Posted on Mon, Jul 30, 2018

What You Need to Know About Equipment Shipping

man with a tablet scanning a bar code during the equipment shipping process

Shipping your heavy equipment to a new home, office, or work site can be a bit daunting. After all, this heavy equipment can be expensive and it is important to make sure that your equipment arrives in one piece. The size of the equipment is going to determine which carriers will help you with your shipping needs. Here are some tips for equipment shipping! 

Small items can be boxed, larger high value items may need a custom built crate. Some items may be wrapped and then placed on a pallet for freight shipping.

What You Need to Know About Equipment Shipping

Here are some questions that you need to answer about your heavy equipment before you contact a shipping company:

  • What are the dimensions of the equipment?
  • Can it be boxed or crated or loaded onto a pallet?
  • What is required to load and unload your equipment?
  • Are permits required to ship the equipment?
  • It is also important to know how to prepare your equipment for shipping in order to prevent damages.

Packing Your Equipment for Equipment Shipping

Research and hire a professional packing company. Remember when packing it yourself that improper packaging may decrease or possibly invalidate the liability of the carrier for any damages or loss. If you cannot put the equipment in a crate or a box, it can be palletized. A professional packing company can box, crate or palletize your shipment.. If you are still worried about the equipment being packed correctly , simply contact us to discuss your concerns.

 

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Overall, if you take the time to prepare your equipment and choose a carrier that specializes in transporting various forms of equipment, shipping it to a new location should be an easy and stress free process! For more information about equipment shipping, please contact us today!

 

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How to Pick a Container Loading and Container Shipping Company

Posted on Mon, Jul 23, 2018

How to Pick a Container Loading and Container Shipping Company

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Shipping valuable and large items across the country and overseas requires a set of skills and knowledge to meet the demands of the shipping industry and the requirements imposed by the destination. When you need to ship, here are some checkoff items to consider when you're picking a container loading and container shipping company.

1) Experience Matters

Experience is more than just knowing what size box to use. It means knowing how to pack bulky items so they can be secure. It means knowing how to pack fragile items so the valuables can stand up to the rigors of being shipped inside of a container.

Experience, especially in shipping from one country to another, means knowing about shipping regulations. For instance,you need to use heat  treated lumber for pallets. The reason is that untreated lumber can carry pathogens or insects. 

2) Paperwork Must Get Done Correctly

A good shipping company streamlines the paperwork process to take headaches away from you. Done right, the same process allows you effortless tracking of your package so you know where it is at all times. A Commercial Invoice needs to be prepared for international shipments.

3) Fair Pricing is Key

Shipping has to be figured into the cost of doing business. It has to be figured into the cost of buying things and having them delivered. Fair pricing means you know the cost upfront.

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When you are shipping anything from a few small items to numerous large items, ask the shipping company about these three points. At Pack N Send, we welcome your questions. Just contact us and we'll tell you anything you need to know about cargo and shipping.

 

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Transporting Trade Show Displays

Posted on Wed, Jun 13, 2018

Transporting Trade Show Displays

trade show displays at German trade show

There are as many types of trade shows as there are careers. Trade shows exist for almost every industry and serve to inform attendees of recent technological advances and new products or services. Everyone looks forward to wandering among the booths, learning about new developments, and collecting free promotional merchandise. Trade shows would not be possible without exhibitors and their booths. It seems almost magical that these little booths all appear and disappear at once, just in time for the show. However, most attendees give little thought to the effort required in transporting trade show displays!

Transporting Display Materials

One important aspect of booth display is transporting the display materials to and from the booth location. Most trade shows have a delivery window during which display materials may arrive at the show. Items must arrive during the delivery window so they will be available for setup in time for the show. It is also important to carefully pack all items to be sure they arrive safely. The display booth represents the company or organization it promotes, so all components of the booth should be in perfect order. Items such as display boards, tables, chairs, and backdrops must arrive in pristine condition and may require special attention when packing due to their size. 

Packing and Shipping Trade Show Displays as Freight

Trade show materials are frequently transported as freight. Packing freight and moving freight to another city does not have to be a difficult process. There are companies that specialize in packing freight and are skilled in moving freight to another city or returning it to its origin once the trade show is over. Display items can be packed in reusable crates to allow for quick re-packing and immediate shipping to other shows. Reusable crates also offer significant protection to the shipment as crates are strong and sturdy, even when stacked.

Learn More By Contacting Pack n Send!

If you have any questions about transporting trade show materials, please contact us to learn about all freight shipping options.

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International Shipping Tips: Sending Large Items From Houston to Israel

Posted on Sun, Apr 22, 2018

International Shipping Tips: Sending Large Items From Houston to Israel

city of Jerusalem in Israel

Israel is a country in a constant state of expansion, making it the perfect place to find buyers for large items like furniture and art.

Israeli institutions often go a step beyond simple utility. Consider the Hebrew University Medical Center, both a crucial hospital for treatment and research, as well as the host of the internationally renowned Chagall Windows. The 12 sequential stained glass panels by famed artist Marc Chagall tell the story of the Israelites, bringing in countless art aficionados to the kind of location that otherwise might be devoid of tourism.

Your Houston business likely has customers waiting for you in an eclectic, growing economy like Israel's. The first step? Sorting your process for international cargo shipping from Houston to Israel. Here are some tips to get you started:

Find A Trained Professional To Prepare Your Items

Furniture, antiques, art, and other items that are notoriously difficult to ship even domestically are some of the highest demand products from Israeli customers. 

You'll need your items to be packed securely in appropriate international cargo containers that meet both Israeli customs standards (especially proper marking, which we'll get into) as well as a unique fit based on your item's shape, material, and weight.

Consult with a certified Houston shipper trained in international shipping techniques for each type of item you plan to send. Give them all the information you can on your item, of course! For example, furniture crafted from softer wood might need different packing materials than a more robust variety, and it never hurts to make sure your international shipping partner is aware.

Follow Israeli Shipping Protocol

The most important aspect of international shipping from Houston to Israel is following Israel's particularly exacting standards for labeling. Trade regulations between the United States and Israel are not particularly harsh; however, their labeling standards for all international items are expected to provide more information than many countries require.

The U.S. embassy in Israel outlines the full details here. Make sure to read this document in full! Of particular note:

  • All information must be printed in Hebrew.
  • English translation is allowed, but the text cannot be larger than the primary Hebrew information.
  • Include your full business or personal address.
  • Include the full name, address, and business name of your Israeli importer/buyer.
  • Use contrasting colors between the background and text of your labels.
  • The weight or volume of the product must be marked visibly on the shipping crate, in metric units only.

Before You Sell, Know Your Restrictions

Israeli imports from the U.S. are very much open. The relationship between the two countries is close, and business relationships between U.S. and Israeli citizens are very much encouraged by both governments.

Most of the restrictions -- a full list is provided here -- are boilerplate for importing items into any country. A few notable exceptions relevant for Houston international shipping:

  • Gas grills are allowed, but they require contacting the Israeli Standards Institute to make sure they're acceptable for import.
  • Mobile phones require approval of the Ministry of Communications before sending.
  • Gambling machines of any kind are prohibited (notable for antiques dealers).

Find a Full-Service Shipper in Houston

Above all, you'll need a good Houston shipper with experience in international freight and packaging. To learn more about how to take on the challenge of safely shipping your large items to Israeli customers, don't hesitate to contact us today!

 

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How Can You Go About Shipping Electronics Safely?

Posted on Tue, Apr 17, 2018

How Can You Go About Shipping Electronics Safely?

business shipping electronics in office relocation

Shipping electronics  can be stressful. People who move will often keep their most important and expensive electronic devices in their cars in order to exercise maximum control over what happens to them. But if your business needs to ship large amounts of electronic equipment as part of a move or send an item from one location to another, that's not an option. You need to pack everything so it makes the trek safely and comes out of the truck without any damage.

There are specific methods of packing certain items, but a few general rules also apply.

The Best Tips For Shipping Electronics Safely

  • Break the equipment down into the largest number of separate components possible. Electronic equipment is often shaped in a way that does not make for easy packing (ie. not all sides are flat). By separating out as many parts of the equipment as you can, you make the flattest possible surfaces, allowing parts to sit flush against their boxes and not shift during transit. A box with contents that don't move is safest for those contents.
  • Use loose packing material that can fill in the small gaps. If you ship equipment that is irregularly shaped but also does not break into smaller pieces, your goal is still to minimize movement within the box. With lighter electronic items, anti-static packing peanuts that take up the open space can be enough. Heavier equipment may require more durable packing material such as Styrofoam. You can use anti-static packing material or some type of anti-static protection to keep the items safe from other kinds of packing material.
  • Double box items. Much like double-bagging at a grocery store, double boxing maximizes the safety of your equipment. Take the box with your item, put it in a larger box, fill it with more packing material, and ship. It can be reasonable to fit several smaller items in one much larger box, either stacking the smaller boxes together or separating them from each other with packing material. Regardless, make sure the packing material covers all four sides of the larger box. Electronics are fragile, and you don't want anything to break because the box tipped onto the one side without enough padding.

Use Pack n Send to Ensure Your Electronics Ship Safely

Shipping electronics requires more caution than the average office item, and needs to be done right the first time. Are you interested in hiring an experienced packing and shipping company to handle your electronics with the care they require? Contact us today!

 

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What You Need to Know About Shipping From Houston to Mexico

Posted on Thu, Apr 05, 2018

What You Need to Know About Shipping From Houston to Mexico

plane shipping items from houston to mexico

Houstonians are prone to having good business and personal relationships with Mexican businesses and friends -- certainly, the location encourages it! 

The everyday casual nature of communications between Texans and Mexicans makes it easy to forget that, due to customs regulations, international trade laws, and more, shipping from Houston to Mexico is actually something of a complex process. Shipping companies in Houston, Texas generally have experience with the process, but hiccups remain common.

Here are the basics on what you need to know to make sure your item gets over the border:

Shipping Restrictions to Mexico

Outside of the complex customs process, which we'll address shortly, there are few barriers to shipping items from Houston to Mexico.

Due to fluctuating exchange rates and tariffs, many items shipped from Houston to Mexico are not heavily regulated, like video game consoles and other consumer electronics, vinyl records  and even simple kitchen or home appliances.

 

Notable restrictions to keep in mind before shipping:

  • Textiles are limited. If shipping raw materials, you'll have to apply to do so first.
  • Cosmetics and toiletries require prior approval from the Mexican Department of Public Health before shipping.
  • Coins, precious stones, or jewelry made of precious metals/stones are prohibited.

Set Up Your Shipment Beforehand

There's a bit more documentation than average required for shipping from the U.S. to Mexico, despite sharing a direct border!

First, of the many shipping companies in Houston, Texas shipping to Mexico, try to go with one that has a great deal of experience with the process and lots of positive feedback from customers. Changing customs requirements are always a complex process to navigate, but more importantly you'll appreciate the advice they'll pass along for getting your Mexican customer the information they need to receive your shipment.

Lucky for you, much of the process happens from the receiving end in Mexico. They will arrange a Mexican-based shipping company to pick your item up from customs, examine it for proper documentation, and finally reach the destination.

You'll need to let your recipient know when you're sending the item and arrange the process to have their carrier pick it up. An experienced Houston shipping company will help you smooth this process along and help  eliminate issues along the way.

Go Through Your Shipping Checklist

Before shipping, make sure you have all your bases covered, especially for commercial-level transactions. One of the better shipping companies in Houston, Texas will have the know-how to guide you through the process, but in the interest of being prepared, here is the documentation you'll absolutely need to have in order and affixed to your packaging:

  • Import/Export form
  • Commercial Invoice
  • Bill of Lading
  • NAFTA Certificate of Origin (for commercial transactions)

Find the Right Houston Shipping Company

Few Houston shipping companies will have zero experience with sending items to Mexico. However, you'll want to make sure you go with a company that has both years of experience with the process and prioritizes staying on top of the rapidly changing standards and requirements. To learn more about the right way to minimize issues getting your items across the border, contact us today!

 

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International Tips and Tricks: Shipping From Houston To the United Kingdom

Posted on Thu, Mar 15, 2018

International Tips and Tricks: Shipping From Houston To the United Kingdom

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The United States and the United Kingdom share a language and (to an extent!) a culture. Because of this special relationship, private citizens and businesses alike are prone to finding themselves with the need to send items directly from the U.S. to the U.K., especially from economic hotbeds like Houston.

Despite the similarities between the two nations, shipping to the U.K. does have numerous quirks to navigate. Here are a few notable things to watch out for, some tips on securing your items, and a sampling of the types of restrictions you might run into:

Familiarize Yourself With Import Restrictions

The United Kingdom has relatively strict requirements for imports, which items sent through a Houston shipper will be subject to regardless of the recipient.

The U.S. government maintains a helpful document that covers the major restrictions, while the U.K. updates their full list here.  We recommend at least reading through the U.S. summary (it's not that long!), but here are some selected examples of restrictions relevant to sending items through your local Houston shipper:

  • Self-defense sprays, like pepper spray
  • Meat and dairy products produced outside the EU
  • Plants that aren't sent directly to the recipient for personal consumption
  • Coins or precious stones
  • Live fish

As you can see at a glance, these are relatively obscure restrictions, some stemming from the broader sphere of EU regulations. Exceptions for many situations can be applied for with the U.K. government.

Special note: If you're considering sending raw wood or bark through your Houston shipper, the U.K. and by extension the EU have major restrictions on the species and the condition of the wood, largely as a measure to prevent the spread of invasive insects or other tree blights. 

How To Prepare Your Items For International Shipping Conditions

Our close relationship with the U.K. doesn't remove the unfortunate fact that your items will have to survive the rigors of international shipping and processing through customs before they reach their destination.

Large or small items need to be packed securely and meet labeling standards for the recipient country. It is recommended to take extra steps to secure your items.

For large items, a local custom crater in Houston is the best option. They'll make sure your item is packed to arrive without issue, handle the rigors of scrutiny by customs, and pass along any warnings if they know of any restrictions you might run into.

Special note: Shipping items to Northern Ireland requires both the city name and the county name fully legible on the shipping label.

Shipping From Houston, TX to the United Kingdom

If you're looking for the right Houston shipping company to ship your good to the United Kingdom, look no further than Pack n Send!

You can contact us at Pack n Send to learn more about the particulars of getting your items packed professionally and our of guarantee a safe, legal trip to your recipient.

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International Freight Shipping From Houston to China

Posted on Mon, Mar 12, 2018

International Freight Shipping From Houston to China

international-freight-shipping-houston-china

We're Shipping to China More Than Ever Before

Changes in worldwide trade have led to China's rapidly rising status as an influential economic presence. Local businesses are finding themselves shipping from Houston to China more and more, meaning they must know Houston international shipping regulatons! Private citizens as well are more likely than ever to end up sending large items to Chinese customers or friends, so they to must know how this shipping process works.

International freight service from Houston to China is a major area of growth for shippers. However, the relatively new habit of doing regular business with Chinese citizens means not everyone is familiar with the ins and outs of shipping from Houston to China.

Here are some basic tips that should be especially helpful for making sure your items make it through the rigors of shipping and handling smoothly when shipping from Houston to China.

Know Which Items Are Restricted

China is increasingly open for trade, but remains a relatively managed economy. More than most shipping destinations, it's helpful to know going in which items you can and can't ship to China from Houston.

The U.S. government provides a regularly updated summary of notable restrictions here. Most of the key details are in this article, including important resources for contacting Chinese agencies directly. 

Here are some select restricted items that may be particularly beneficial to know:

  • Used garments of any kind
  • Local Chinese currency
  • Media deemed harmful to Chinese cultural interests
  • Used cars or car components
  • Seeds/Seedlings

Know Your Textile Restrictions

This is relevant particularly for businesses. China has very specific guidelines for the import of textiles, with export limits on many raw materials for industrial goods.

In addition to the U.S. export article linked above, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce maintains a full list of restricted textiles here. This article is in Chinese, so you may have to use your browser's translation feature to read it.

For Houston businesses, some key textile restrictions for freight service from Houston to China are:

  • Raw materials for plastics
  • Raw cotton
  • Steel that hasn't been machined yet

Minimize Risk With a Specialized Freight Service

Freight service from Houston to China is an inevitably rough trip for your items! This is due to the long trip as well as the need to process through customs, a portion of the path to your recipient that U.S. shippers have no role in.

Using a shipper that specializes in international shipping is a huge help in making sure your items are packed properly for the rigors of the trip.

Find a freight service Houston businesses rely on regularly, and let them handle the packing process. This eliminates any errors an inexperienced international shipper might run into, and it ensures your freight items will make it smoothly through the customs process.

If you have any further questions about Houston international shipping to China, don't hesitate to contact us today!

 

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