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How to Properly Pack your Freight for Shipping

It is important to keep in mind that a carrier’s job is to move your freight from A to B, not to prepare it for shipment.  It is up to you to ensure that your freight is properly prepared and packed if you want your goods to arrive at their destination undamaged. Here are some tips on how to pack your freight regardless of whether your goods are being shipped across town or via multiple transloading methods.

The Right Packaging Materials

Using quality proper packing materials is essential if you want your freight to arrive undamaged.  Make sure to use:

  • Quality Boxes.
  • Quality Pallets.
  • Quality Shrink Wrap.
  • Quality Tape.

Packing Boxes

The first line of defense is the box that you are using to pack your goods. Use many small boxes rather than a few large boxes.  When you are packing your goods, make sure that all your boxes are full and there is no empty space.  Space will allow your boxes to collapse and your items may get crushed or damaged.

If there is extra room use packing peanuts, bubble wrap or even newspaper to take up the extra volume.  Make sure to use enough quality tape to seal each box so that the box will not tear open when being shipped.

Properly Stack Your Freight

Once you have packed all your freight into the desired boxes, it is time to pack them on the pallet.

Here’s the Deal:

Always use a pallet to stack your freight.  A pallet provides a stable and sturdy base that will keep your freight off the floor, away from water.  A pallet is also easy to move if you are transloading your freight.

When stacking your boxes, ensure that your boxes are stacked evenly and that the weight of each pallet is evenly distributed.  Stack all the heavier items at the bottom and lighter boxes on top to prevent any of your boxes from being crushed.  Make sure that no boxes overhang or jut out from the pallet as these boxes will be damaged or may dislodge making your pallet unstable.

The Final Touches

A well stacked pallet should not be the end of your freight packaging.  A few final touches will really set your freight apart and ensure a safe and undamaged arrival at its final destination.

  • Applying a layer of flat cardboard every few boxes can help solidify and strengthen your freight pallet and ensure that the boxes that you are stacking remain even and aligned.
  • Cardboard corner beads are a great way to add an extra layer of strength to your freight.
  • Shrink wrap your pallet. Make sure to add at least 3-5 wraps of quality shrink wrap. Twist the wrap to add strength and do not wrap the bottom of the pallet as it will interfere with the forklift tilt.

These tips will ensure that your freight is ready to be shipped and you can rest assured that your goods will arrive undamaged.  If you would like more information on how to properly pack your freight or the shipping options that we can provide, please contact us today.

 

Things to Know About Intermodal Shipping

Shipping ContainerIntermodal shipping is a way that you can move your freight using different modes of transportation. This can mean having trucks take your containers to a sea port then using a ship to move your goods overseas. This could also mean having trucks carry your freight to a rail station, followed by moving your goods across country by train where a truck will pick them up and deliver them to their final destination. Regardless of your specific needs, intermodal shipping is a great way to move goods. Here are some things that you should know about using intermodal shipping. Continue reading

Not all Pallets are Created Equal

Generally if you are shipping items “Less than Truckload” (LTL) then you will be using shipping pallets to do so. If you choose to use standard size pallets to ship your product, there is a little rule of which you may not be aware. Failing to follow this “65% rule” can cost you money. What is the 65% rule and how can it affect your LTL shipments? Let’s find out. Continue reading

Damage Due to Improper Temperature Settings: Who is Responsible?

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If you are choosing to ship your goods using a refrigerated shipping container (reefer), it probably means that your cargo is sensitive to temperatures. So, what happens if your cargo arrives at its destination damaged due to the wrong settings? Who is responsible? Of course the answer is: that depends on a few things. Here is what you need to make sure that you have done your homework and placed the liability on the shipping line. Continue reading

The High Cost of Full Truckload Shipping

money tug of warWhen gas prices were high, the reasons that shipping costs had gone up were pretty evident. Anything that shipped in a vehicle that used gasoline meant higher costs due to fuel. Now that fuel prices are plummeting, it seems like shipping costs should be lowered to match the drop in fuel. Truth is, full truckload shipping isn’t going down at all. Here are some of the reasons that the shipping industry is not tied as tightly to fuel prices as you might think. Continue reading

Avoid These Mistakes When Shipping Servers

Laptop computer with sky screen isolated on whiteWhatever the business reason, there is no doubt that shipping a computer can be tricky. The process gets more complex if you are shipping servers or more critical computers. No matter the reason, you want your servers to ship in one peace and ready to go on to your network when they arrive. This means avoiding some of these common shipping mistakes when it comes to servers. Continue reading

Sacrificial Coatings and Cadmium Bloom

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Protecting metallic components for a long shipment can be difficult. Sea voyages will expose those parts to long periods of highly corrosive salt water. Even if they don’t get wet, the marine environment is very harsh on metal products that have not been properly treated.

Even if you aren’t shipping overseas, metal products that are large might need to be carried in an open air truck bed or train car. This means rain, sun, snow and even road salt can get into these parts, causing corrosion. Parts that are damaged before they ever arrive to a job site or a customer are of no use. Continue reading

Are Custom Wood Crates Worth the Price

wooden crateDoes it seem to you that shipping your items in wooden crates is overkill? Shouldn’t cardboard boxes be good enough? After all, the majority of shipping is done in cardboard, right?

Actually, there are many benefits to having you shipping done in a wooden crate. Crates offer quite a few advantages over regular cardboard boxes. Here are just a few of the ways that packing up your shipment in a wooden crate could be better for you than cardboard. Continue reading

Tips for Shipping Produce

Sweet Peppers in Wood Crate

Spring is upon us, which means harvest season is right around the corner. Once your warehouses start filling up with freshly picked produced, you are going to have to ship it to the customers who are interested in buying. Nobody wants a shipment of produce to arrive bruised and messy. Here are some things to remember as you get your crop ready to ship to your customers to make sure it arrives looking as good as it did the day it was picked.

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