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Factors that Influence Truck Shipping Rates

If your company uses transloading services to deliver your goods to your customers, then one of your largest concerns may be truck shipping rates. Most people assume that truck shipping rates are directly tied to fuel prices. However, this is not always true, and several factors can influence the shipping rates that your business receives.

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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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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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The Basics of Industrial Packing

Although you may not realize it, shipping with a freight provider or industrial shipper is not the same as using a per package service. Industrial service often come with different levels of service, costs and methods of shipping that you might not be used to, which makes it important to learn a little bit more about industrial shipping before you make any decisions. If you use the same packing methods for industrial shipping as you did with a per package service, you could be in for a world of trouble, including lost or broken packages.

Here are the basics of industrial packing to help with your next big shipment so that you and your customers have the total peace of mind you deserve.

Start with the Right Boxes

Unlike traditional shipping, industrial shipping is a very involved process, the first step of which is using the right boxes and packing materials.

A good rule of thumb is to start small. Anything that can’t fill a crate-sized box should be packed into smaller boxes first. Next, pack similar items into the same small box, and then fit all of those small boxes into a bigger box, or, better yet, a custom crate built by the Cratex Group. Grouping similar items together will reduce shipping confusion and will make sure all of your important items reach their intended destination. Finally, make sure to select boxes that can handle the weight of your shipment.

Mark Items Fragile

With all of your items packed securely into their boxes, it’s time to think about fragility. Fragile items must be treated with special care throughout the shipping process to avoid damage. If you feel like the items you are packing are too fragile for normal packaging, you should make sure to add additional padding to help protect them from the bumps and jostling that are common to the shipping process. Also, for a final layer protection, make sure to prominently label any sensitive packages as fragile. This will let your shipper know that they need to be treated with extra care.

Select the Right Packing Materials

Remember, your biggest enemy during shipping is allowing enough space for your items to move around. Make sure that any box you pack is completely free from empty space. Filling empty spaces with padding or support will keep your items firmly in place and limit movement during the shipping process. Before you seal up your boxes, double check to make sure that your items are snug and have a good level of support. If you think you may need some extra padding, packing foam, peanuts and bubble wrap can come in handy.

Secure your boxes properly with high-grade packing tape. You don’t want them popping open during shipping.

Use Pallets to Consolidate

One of the biggest fears when shipping multiple boxes is having your packages become separated, which increases the risk that some of them may be lost. To make sure that your packages stay together throughout the shipping process, you should consolidate them by placing your shipment is on pallets and is held securely with bands, shrink-wrap or stretch wrap. Not only does this add additional protection, it helps keep things orderly for unpacking.

Trust Cratex Group for Your Vancouver Transloading and Industrial Packing Needs

Vancouver transloading is a great way to save money on your freight. Custom crates are a great way to add protection to your shipment. Contact Cratex Group today for more information on your custom crating needs or for industrial packing for your shipments.



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Do You Understand Your Freight Charges?

As with industry there are plenty of inside terms and tricks to understanding freight charges.

Even businesses who have lots of experience with shipping can find themselves overwhelmed when looking over a bill from a freight carrier. That is why it is so important to understand everything about your freight charges and why they are appearing.

Here are some key things you should understand about freight charges and when they apply (or don’t apply) to what you are shipping.


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