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Cratex Now Offering Bonded Warehouse Services

Cratex Industrial Packing, LTD has long been known as one of Vancouver’s premier sources for transloading services, providing businesses with easy shipping for their most hard to handle products. If you already know Cratex for its shipping versatility, you’ll be pleased to learn that this trusted transloading company now offers businesses across Vancouver bonded warehouse services.

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Choosing the Right Freight Packaging

When shipping freight is one of your company’s most important tasks, you have several crucial decisions to make. In addition to finding and hiring the right transloading companies, you also must choose the right packaging for your products. Not only can making an incorrect packaging decision result in additional expenses, it can end up damaging your products and cause your customers to lose confidence in your business.

Fortunately, no matter the type of freight that you use, we can help you choose the correct packaging to keep your products safe and result in a successful delivery. Here are some tips for choosing the right freight packaging and information about selecting a Vancouver transloading service for your products.

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Shipping Expensive and Delicate Equipment

If you’re a manufacturer of expensive or fragile equipment, then you know how stressful it can be to find the right shipping methods for your products. Without the right shipping strategy or method, you can run the risk of having your important products damaged in transit, possibly angering your customers and harming your reputation.

Fortunately, with the right tips, you can safely ship your expensive and delicate equipment so that both you and your customers have peace of mind. Here is some advice for shipping fragile products and advice for hiring a trusted Vancouver transloading service for your most important shipping jobs.

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Factors to Consider in Holiday Vancouver Transloading

The holiday season is one of the busiest times of year for transloading, especially in Vancouver. Businesses and individuals are trying to get their products and packages delivered on time and at the prices they want. However, holiday transloading is a much more difficult proposition than at any other time during the year, which means that it’s important to examine some of the obstacles that can keep your products from being delivered on time.

Read about the different factors that can affect holiday transloading and how you can find the best Vancouver transloading services available.

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What to Do with Damaged Freight

If you’re an experienced transloader, then you know that one of the most unfortunate circumstances that you can encounter is damaged freight. Not only does a damaged shipment lower customer satisfaction, it can also cost you a great deal in replacement costs. Unfortunately, no matter how much you prepare, you eventually will experience damaged freight, which means you need to know what to do when it happens to you.

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How Energy Costs Affect Vancouver Transloading

If your company relies on transloading for successful operations, then there are many factors to consider when planning your costs. As you’re aware, numerous issues can affect your total transloading costs, including the size of your shipment and how far it must travel. However, perhaps more than anything else, the cost of fuel can have a big impact on your total shipping costs.

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The Advantage of Using Colour Pallets

If you do any large amount of shipping, then you are probably familiar with pallets. Pallets are a great way to group your packages together to simplify shipping and avoid losses, but what you might not know is that pallets come in a wide variety for you to choose from. For example, plastic pallets are a great way to get value and reusability. Another benefit to plastic pallets is the option of choosing between multiple colours. The colours you find on pallets act as much more than just decoration, often serving as a marker for what type of shipments go where.

Blue is FDA Approved

The most common type of coloured pallets you will come across are blue pallets, whose colour has a specific meaning. Typically, blue pallets are specially designed for direct contact with food. If you are planning to ship to the United States, blue pallets have been approved by the U.S. FDA for the safe storage and transport of everyday foodstuffs. Because blue pallets are designed for this specialized purpose, they are more expensive than other pallet types you could choose from. Unless you are planning on taking advantage of their ability for direct food contact, you may not need to have the added expense.

Black is the Most Popular Colour

There is one main reason why black and grey pallets are the most popular pallet colour choice: they are the least expensive of the plastic pallets. Usually, black and grey pallets are made from a blend of industrial and recycled plastics called HDPE or PP. This means that they are manufactured from very low cost materials and are very durable, possessing the ability to take a serious beating and still keep going.

If you are looking to save some money while getting a pallet that will be able to withstand the stress of an intense shipping job, black or grey pallets are a great option.

Custom Colours

Although, blue and black are the two most common colours for pallets, you can get pallets customized in almost any colour that you would like. However, there are some things to remember about using custom colour pallets:

  • Custom colours are going to cost extra because they need to be made of clear plastics and then have the colours added.
  • Custom colours can be more difficult to find, which means having to make special orders. If you are going to special order custom pallets, the manufacturer may require you to buy a specific amount. This is because there is a startup cost involved with the colour, and with lower demand, they need to guarantee a certain number made.

Custom colours can help to add to your business’ efficiency by allowing you to:

  • Assign specific colours to certain customers so you know where packages are going at all times
  • Assign colours to particular warehouses or plants to keep them separated
  • Identify them as yours so that you can prevent them from being lost

Vancouver Transloading Can Help Save on Your Freight Costs

Once you have your shipment loaded onto your custom plastic colour pallets, contact Cratex Group to handle all of your Vancouver Transloading needs. Call us to learn more about the advantages and uses of colour pallets.