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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.

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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.



Blocking, Bracing & Beyond – Tips to Shipping an Automobile Overseas

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You’ll want to follow these overseas auto shipping tips to protect a ride like this

Our Vancouver industrial packing and crating company has many years of experience in working with customers in need of overseas shipping protection for their automobiles. Cratex Group is renowned for its work in blocking and bracing of especially sensitive items that are being shipped overseas from Lower Mainland ports, and vehicles fall into that category.

Our client and prospect base for such a task is numerous. Some are car restoration specialists that need to deliver a classic custom to a collector overseas in time for a show ‘n’ shine. Some are military personnel that desire to have their privately owned vehicle (their “baby”) with them during their tenure on a foreign base. Others include automobile retailers, contractors, or simply overseas relocating households that want to ensure their car arrives in the exact same condition that it left the carport in. No matter the reason, our Vancouver packing and crating company has been providing professional blocking and bracing for valuable vehicles for quite some time. Individuals, businesses, and shippers have been using our services from the beginning. While Cratex Group alleviates the weight off of your mind for much of the overseas car shipping process we thought we’d offer a few easy to follow tips on what you too can do to prepare for your vehicle’s overseas adventure.

5 Tips to Shipping an Automobile Overseas

1. Compare Shipping Companies Early in the Process

This is no normal “within town” relocation scenario and thus must not be taken lightly. Perform due diligence months in advance as soon as you know that you will need to ship a vehicle overseas. You will likely have to pay by the mile/kilometer so that will be your initial benchmark, but don’t only use price as consideration. Company reputation is everything when it comes to selecting an overseas vehicle shipping company. Look at how long they’ve been in business, any industry accreditation they may have, and even the quality to their website will speak to their professionalism.

2. Have Your Paperwork Well in Order

Find out what paperwork (from your shipper) you will need in advance and complete for submission early as well to leave room for corrections. Duplicate copies will likely be needed for documents such as notarized ownership title, a letter from the lien holder (if applicable), an export declaration form, a declaration of dangerous goods form, and/or other documents that will be contingent upon departure locations and arrival destinations.

3. Insurance

First find out if your existing vehicle insurance provider policy covers overseas shipping of your vehicle/s. If you will indeed require insurance, your automobile shipper will be able to provide one for you at a price that often reaches up to two and a half percent of the vehicle book value.

4. Clean & Tune

Be sure to have your vehicle professionally tuned-up before shipping. Check everything from the battery and air pressure to transmission and brakes and every fluid that your vehicle depends on for health. In addition, be sure to clean your vehicle thoroughly and remove anything that can move around within during transit so as to not damage the interior of the vehicle. Also remove exterior additions such as roof racks and other appendages to keep the vehicle more compact during transport. While the more empty the better, you will still want to ensure your standard emergency items are kept secured within the trunk – jumper cables, spare tire, jack, and flashlight. Of course you’ll also want enough gas to have the vehicle driven from the arrival port to a nearby destination or gas station.

5. Perform a Documented Inspection Before Departure

Finally, perform a documented (complete with pictures and video) walk-thru inspection of your vehicle as it sits prepared for shipping. That way there can be no question nor haggling should the automobile not be in the exact same condition as it was when it left its port of departure.

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Vancouver Transloading and Cargo Insurance

When you rely on transloading for the continued success of your business, you want to be certain that your cargo reaches its destination undamaged. Unfortunately, no matter how carefully you pack your cargo or the dependability of your transloading service, accidents do happen, and your cargo can suffer harm en route to your customers. It is for this reason that many people consider using cargo insurance.

There are several reasons to purchase cargo insurance, but the most important reason is that insurance can protect you from loss if your products are damaged in transit. However, if you’ve never used cargo insurance before, it can be a good idea to learn more about this tool. Read about cargo insurance and Vancouver transloading, and find out why you need to work with the right transloading company for your shipments.

Understand Your Cargo

Cargo insurance is meant to reimburse you if your shipments are damaged during their journey. While insurance can give you peace of mind, it can’t actually protect your cargo from damage, which means you need to understand the products you’re shipping and the different ways that they can be damaged.

Before scheduling your transloading services or buying cargo insurance, think about the items you are shipping. What are the different ways they can be damaged? Have you correctly packaged them to minimize risk as much as possible? These questions can help you know what level of insurance you need, or if insurance is necessary at all.

Examine the Journey

The longer that your items are in transit, the more risk that there is for damage, and while transloading is one of the most affordable ways to ship your cargo, it does require multiple loadings and unloading. This can also increase the chances that your cargo will be damaged in some way.

Prior to shipping your cargo, think about the journey that it must complete. Examine the route it must take and if there are any portions of the voyage where your cargo is more likely to suffer damage. Discuss the safest route with your transloading service so that you can decide how much insurance you may need.

Read Your Insurance Policy

A mistake that some businesses make when purchasing cargo insurance for their Vancouver transloading shipments is failing to read the fine print of their insurance policy. Almost every insurance policy that you choose will contain a certain number of clauses, and these clauses will determine what types of damages are covered.

Go over your insurance policy with a fine-tooth comb. Try to find out exactly what damages are covered and if the covered items match the type of damage your cargo is likely to suffer. There’s almost nothing more frustrating than making a claim against your cargo insurance only to find the damage isn’t covered by your policy.

Schedule Vancouver Transloading

Purchasing cargo insurance is a good idea to protect your important products. However, of equal importance is the Vancouver transloading company you hire, which is why you need to be sure to work with a trusted company like Cratex Industrial Packing, LTD.

Cratex specializes in transloading hard to ship items, which means we have the expertise necessary to protect your cargo from the time it departs until it reaches its destination. Contact Cratex today to find out how we can help with your transloading needs.

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How to Successfully Ship Liquid Using Vancouver Transloading

When you need to ship your important products over large distances, the ideal shipping method is transloading. Transloading allows you to combine multiple shipping methods for one shipment so that you can keep your prices as low as possible. While transloading is a great solution for every product imaginable, certain items require careful consideration, and this is especially true when you’re shipping liquids like beer or soda.

The requirements for shipping a liquid are very different than with other items. There will need to be a great deal of planning before your product has even left the warehouse. Here are a few tips for successfully shipping liquid products and tips for working with the right Vancouver transloading service.

Picking the Right Packaging

The very first step in shipping your liquid products is selecting the right packaging. If you’re shipping a drink, such as soda or beer, it’s possible that your liquid is contained in a glass bottle. Glass is extremely delicate, running the risk of breaking if it is not properly secured. Choosing the right packaging will help protect your product and ensure that it reaches its destination intact.

The most effective way to ship liquid contained in a glass bottle is packaging each bottle individually. Store a single bottle in a sealable bag and then wrap that bag with bubble wrap. This will help protect your items and will minimize the mess if a bottle happens to break.

Choosing Extra Protection

Once you’ve individually packaged your glass bottles, you will need to make sure that your items are stored together somehow to prevent them from being separated during transit. The most effective way to accomplish this task is to use a Styrofoam box that has been specifically designed for shipping liquid bottles. Hopefully, you can find one of these boxes at your shipping supply store.

If Styrofoam boxes for bottles are unavailable, it’s possible to use a regular shipping box, although you will need extra padding to prevent damage. Place your bottles into the box one by one, and then secure them as fully as possible by using newspapers and packing peanuts.

Preparing Your Freight

The final step of shipping your liquid product is preparing your packages for freight transport. If you are shipping a single box, the only thing that you will need to do is provide the box to your Vancouver transloading service and then pay for shipment. Multiple boxes, however, require a little more effort.

If you’re shipping multiple boxes at once, a good idea is to use a pallet. By using a pallet, you’ll be able to ensure that your packages stay together during transit, ensuring their successful delivery.

Schedule Vancouver Transloading

As you can see, using transloading for your liquid products is easy when you follow a few simple tips. However, you still need to find the right Vancouver transloading services, which is why you need to work with the professionals at Cratex Industrial Packing, LTD.

Cratex specialize in the toughest transloading jobs imaginable, and we can ensure that your unusual or delicate products reach their final destination safe and sound. Contact Cratex today to learn more about our transloading options and our other useful shipping services.

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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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