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Shrink-Wrapping–A New Approach to Shipping

Sometimes traditional shipping methods, such as crates or boxes may not be the most effective or efficient way to move your goods.  There are other less traditional approaches that may meet your shipping needs and can prove to be more beneficial.  Here are some reasons why you should consider shrink-wrapping your cargo and how this approach can be an asset to your shipping needs.


The main advantage to shrink-wrapping is its versatility.  Regardless of what type of item you are shipping, you can shrink wrap it.  Shrink-wrapping is the ideal answer for items such as:

  • Oversized or bulky items that will not fit in traditional crates or boxes.
  • Cars and other items that may corrode or scratch as it is shipped.
  • Fragile items that may break or become damaged.
  • Electronics that corrode if exposed to the elements.

Shrink-wrapping is also an ideal way to ship your freight whether it is rail, truck or boat.  All of the items you need to be moved can be shrink-wrapped and then attached to a pallet to make your shipment transloading compatible and easy to unload, offload or transfer.


Shrink-wrapping also offers your freight an extra layer of protection.  Not only will your freight be protected from scratches or abrasions, shrink-wrapping also protects your goods from the sun and prevents water damage.

A Great Companion

Shrink-wrapping can also be used alongside traditional shipping methods, such as boxes and pallets.  Shrink-wrapped pallets provide more stability by preventing boxes from sliding or tumbling over.  Stable pallets mean that your freight will arrive in one piece and is less likely to be damaged as it is shipped to its final destination.

The extra protection that shrink-wrapping provides also helps to keep packages together and prevent small pieces of your freight from falling out of any damaged box or crate.

Speed it up

Keeping your freight in one piece and intact on its pallet throughout its journey is a key piece to having it arrive on time.  In the ultra-competitive shipping world, time is money, so it is important that your freight arrives on time.  Shrink-wrapping makes the entire shipping process more efficient, which will save you time, money and provide customer satisfaction.

All in all, shrink-wrapping just makes sense from a shipping point of view.  Stop by today and let us show you how shrink-wrapping can protect, enhance and compliment your individual shipping needs.  We look forward to working with you soon.

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Factors to Consider Before Shipping Freight

When it comes to shipping your freight, there are always decisions that need to be made.  The most important of these choices is what method of shipping and transport will best serve your needs.  Regardless of whether you are a business who is shipping overseas or within your own country, here are some important factors to consider before making your shipping decisions.


The most important factor to consider is the cost of shipping freight.  When it comes to understanding the true cost of shipping, however, many different factors come into play.  These include:

  • The cost of storing goods in a warehouse for any prolonged period of time.
  • Any damages that may incur over the course of your freight’s journey.
  • Any loading and unloading fees.
  • Tariffs or duties if shipping overseas.

These are just a few of the many hidden costs of shipping.  It is important to take into consideration all the factors that will determine your shipping costs before making a final decision.

Here’s the Deal:

Transloading is a great way to ship your freight as it combines various shipping methods to not only speed up your shipping, but also to save you money on your shipping costs.


The length of time that it takes your freight to reach its destination is another very important part of your shipping needs.  Again, transloading can be an effective means of getting your freight to its destination quickly and efficiently and can easily be combined with other shipping methods such as ships.

It is up to you and your clients to find an agreeable middle ground for what is considered fast shipping.  However, the old adage of time is money and money is time most definitely applies to shipping methods.


Not only do you want your goods shipped as cost efficiently and quickly as possible, it is important in today’s competitive business world that your shipping methods are reliable.  Make sure to find a shipping company that is reliable and can back up their shipping methods.  Chances are if you have found a deal that is too good to be true, it probably is.


Regardless of how cheap or fast your freight is promised to arrive at its final destination, if the shipping methods or timeline is unreliable, you will damage your business relationship with your client.

Cost, speed and reliability are all very important factors that you should be taking into consideration before choosing a shipping method and a shipping company.  We at Cratex are celebrating our 40th anniversary in the shipping industry and are proud of our reliable track record.

If you would like more information about how we can best serve you, please contact us today.  We look forward to helping you with all your shipping needs.

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New Year’s Resolutions – How Transloading Can Save Your Company Money

As we welcome in the New Year, it may be time to reassess your business goals and investigate where you can improve your efficiency as well as trim some costs.  One of the often overlooked areas that can be easily improved is in the shipping department.  With a few easy tweaks, you may be able to not only improve your company’s bottom line, but you may also be able to speed up the overall shipping time.  Here are some of the reasons why you should consider transloading for all of your shipping needs.

Why Transloading?

Transloading utilizes a variety of different shipping methods to ensure that your cargo is delivered in the fastest, most efficient manner possible.  What transloading does is it cuts down on the amount of time that your goods sit in storage.

Here’s the deal:

The faster the delivery time, the happier your clients are and the more goods you can ship.  Transloading makes so much sense from a business perspective because of its efficiency and bottom line.

However, this still begs the question – How will transloading save me money?


When it comes to shipping your cargo, location is so important.  As a business owner it does you no good to have to ship your goods to a warehouse that is out of the way from your freights final destination – in essence you are shipping your freight twice.  All our warehouses are conveniently located in strategic areas in and around Vancouver to speed up your shipping times.


Just because your freight can be moved into a warehouse does not mean that it will be shipped any faster.  The method and equipment used to offload freight is as important as conveniently located warehouses.  Antiquated and improper loading equipment can:

  • Damage freight leading to replacement costs or poor customer satisfaction.
  • Slow down overall shipping times because of delays or inefficient unloading methods, thus driving up storage fees as well as shipping costs.
  • Create unwanted insurance claims and a bad name for your company.

At Cratex, we use specialized equipment that can safely handle a wide range of freight.  We carefully and efficiently are able to load and unload all types of cargo and can transfer it quickly and in an organized manner.  We strive to provide the ultimate in customer satisfaction.

Know How


The overall goal of transloading is to speed up the delivery time which will ultimately save your company money.  We have over 40 years of experience, and are confident that our transloading methods will save you money on all of your overall shipping costs.  Call today and see why transloading is the right way to ship your freight.  We look forward to working with you soon.


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Tips for Packing Fragile Freight

With the holiday season only a few weeks away, you may be wanting to get a head start on your shipping needs.  Not only are holiday deadlines important, the overall packaging process should also play a role in your final shipping decisions.  This process is especially important if you are shipping or transloading fragile items.  Here are some important tips to better protect and pack your fragile cargo.

Use Boxes or Crates

Regardless of the size of the fragile freight you are looking to ship, it is a good idea to encase it in a rigid frame that will protect your cargo from the beginning of its journey to the end.  Boxes or crates not only protect freight, they are also easier to store, transload, unload and reload.  If you want your fragile cargo to arrive at its destination in the same shape it left your warehouse, use boxes or crates.

Here are some guidelines to remember when you are packing your fragile freight into crates:

  • Pack fragile items close together to minimize movement and damage.
  • Pack heavier items at the bottom and lighter items at the top, to prevent the heavier items from damaging the lighter ones.
  • Fill all crates to full capacity, to not only minimize damage, but also get full value out of your shipment.
  • Use packing material to take up any excess space in your crate.
  • Pack one crate inside another to ensure extra protection for ultra-fragile or breakable items.
  • Clearly label fragile items on the outside of your crates, so the shipper knows what they are dealing with.

Here’s the deal:

It is also advised that you separate your cargo and do not ship both fragile and non-fragile goods together.  This separation will minimize any damages that may occur over the course of the shipment.

Wrap your Goods

Another important part of protecting your freight is to wrap it up.  You may need to individually wrap fragile items before placing them in the shipping crate.  This is especially true for the following items:

  • Glass
  • Electronics
  • Antiques

Even if each item does not need to be individually wrapped, you may want to wrap the entire shipment so that it remains protected and attached to its pallet.  A well wrapped shipment is less likely to get damaged or tip over.


A fully enveloped shipment is a shipment that can be easily loaded and unloaded and will be a more efficient piece of cargo.  This can save you money and time in the overall shipping process and will ensure a timely delivery.

These are just a few ways that you can protect your fragile goods.  If you would like more information about the many different shipping options that we offer or other ways to move and protect fragile goods, please contact us today.  We would love to be a part of your shipping team and help you protect those fragile holiday goods.



How to ship your goods without corrosion

Shipping Your Cargo: Corrosion Free

Regardless of what items you are looking to ship, one of the most important factors is that your cargo arrives undamaged and in the same shape as it left your warehouse.  There are many ways to ensure a safe voyage for your goods, from proper packaging to arranging the correct transloading; However, one factor that is often overlooked is protecting your cargo from corrosion.

What Causes Corrosion?

Corrosion is a natural chemical reaction that slowly destroys material through oxidization.  Corrosion can damage or even destroy your precious freight, ultimately costing you money.

Did you know?

Over 5% of your overall profit may be lost due to corrosion.

This loss is unacceptable.  This is something that is completely avoidable, if you take the time and precautions to guard your freight.

Corrosion most likely occurs in the following areas:

  • Climate – this is the most likely culprit when it comes to corrosion. The climates that are most likely to cause corrosion include damp, salt laden and foggy climates.
  • The actual shipping process – if any goods or the container itself is scratched or bumped, corrosion can quickly set in.
  • Any area where water can pool and sit for long periods of time.

Consider the bigger picture

Unfortunately, corrosion is not just something that mysteriously happens in the shipping process.  We recommend that you consider looking at corrosion prevention as an overall part of the far larger shipping process.  To us, the shipping process includes the following stages:

  • Manufacturing
  • Storage at all points in your cargo’s shipping process – keep in mind that the conditions at different warehouses can vary greatly as can climates.
  • Shipping – in all of its various forms and methods which may include transloading.

How to Prevent Corrosion

Cortec offers many great options for corrosion control.  Many of these choices are affordable and will add another dimension of safety to the shipping process. These options include:

  • Permanent topcoats and primer paints – These paints will seal your goods in an oxygen free environment and prevent corrosion or rust damage.
  • Temporary coatings – These coatings can be removed once your goods have reached their final destination. Again, by applying this protective coat, you will ensure a corrosion free shipment.
  • Shrink wrap – A very popular option for difficult, bulky or awkward goods. This wrap will prevent moisture and climate damage to your goods as well as another barrier of protection.
  • Spray paints – Sprays allow you to prevent corrosion in those hard to reach areas or in areas that are very delicate. Electronics can and will become easily damaged by corrosion, protect your fragile shipments with Cortec’s wide range of spray paint options.

These are just a few of the many great options that can be used to keep your shipping corrosion free.  If you would like more information about corrosion options or what type of treatment is right for you, please call us today.  We look forward to working with you soon.






Finding the Right Container for your Shipping Needs

Shipping cargo can be tricky business.  There are many factors that need to be considered to ensure prompt, efficient delivery.  You will also want to ensure that your goods arrive in the same condition that they left.  Regardless of what you are shipping, proper shipping starts with finding the right container.

As the leading trans-loading company in the Vancouver region, we would like to offer the following advice on how to select the right container for your shipping needs.

Size Matters

The volume of cargo you are looking to ship will determine the size of the container you will need.  There is a wide range of container sizes to accommodate all your shipping needs.  In addition to containers, there are numerous options for customized packing solutions if the cargo you are looking to ship will not fit in any of our containers.

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Later we will talk about why containers are the most efficient and economical solution for all your trans-loading needs.

Unique Needs, Different Containers

Obviously, there is no one size fits all approach when it comes to shipping.  That is why there are several types of containers to choose from.  Some container examples include:

  • Refrigerated – the ideal way to ship ice, meat, fish, produce etc. These containers have aluminum floors and stainless-steel walls, as well as built in refrigeration that requires three stage power.
  • High Cube Containers – these containers provide extra height allowing for more storage or for taller, more awkward freight.
  • Exportable Containers – these containers are specifically used for your overseas shipping needs. These containers are painted with marine quality paint, and are watertight to withstand the most rigorous weather conditions they will encounter on their voyage.

In addition to these different types of containers, you also have the option of shelving, treated lumber floors, as well as dividers and wood paneling.

Containers – An Easy Trans-Loading Solution

Containers are the easiest and most efficient way to move cargo.  They can be stacked, stored and quickly loaded and offloaded from ships, railcars or even semi-trucks.  The efficiency of using a container ensures that your cargo will be protected from the elements and will arrive on time to its final destination.

Containers not only protect your precious cargo, they will also cut down on your overall shipping costs because of how easy they are to load.  If you are looking for the safest and most effective way of moving your freight, containers are your answer.

We would love to discuss which type of container is right for you and how we can be a part of your shipping needs.  Give us a call or shoot us an email today.