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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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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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