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A Basic Guide to the Various Modes of Shipping Crates

We offer excellent crating services for your shipping or storing needs.Shipping crates are one of the most viable ways of transporting cargo of all types, shapes and sizes. From heavy duty industrial shipments and retail products to household items and personal belongings, goods can be transferred efficiently from one part of the globe to the other safely packaged in crates.

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Looking for Phytosanitary Shipping Preparation Solutions?

Phytosanitary by definition refers to measures taken for the control of plant based diseases

International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures – sounds like a captivating blog read for a weekday morning right? Phytosanitary by definition refers to measures taken for the control of plant based diseases (in particular regarding agricultural crops) for the purposes and protection of international trade. Feel free to pull that one out at cocktail parties, on us.

The International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) is a guideline for wood packaging material in international trade, produced by the Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention. In essence, the standard serves to greatly reduce the risk of spreading, or introducing for that matter, quarantine pests that are often associated with wood packaging materials which can be made of both coniferous wood (born from needle-shaped leaved trees with annual rings) and non-coniferous raw lumber. The standard also includes dunnage into its definition, referring to the loose packing material allocated to protect a ship’s cargo from damage during overseas transport.

The basis for the regulation is simple enough. Identifying the true origin of any sort of lumber, timber, or article of wood based packaging material is challenging to say the least. Thus its phytosanitary condition or state is difficult to deduce when basic level risk analysis is performed. Since “status quo” inspections don’t cut it – no product support packing timber can make its way across the pond without penalty unless it first has the ISPM stamp of approval. For more detailed information on the ISPM Guidelines you can view the document here.

So what does this have to do with you and your needs as an entity seeking an overseas shipping solution for products or materials to conduct business overseas? Well, as an individual, organization, or corporation you are accountable for what you ship or bring with you overseas. If your product/materials AND the methods used to pack, crate, and secure them during transport do not meet the guidelines of international trade “watchdogs” then your overseas adventure could put you in hot water. No one wants to incur the wrath and expense of being turned away at neither a departing or destination port because the potential for pests stowing away within packing lumber exists in any sort of fraction. Such an infraction is clearly bad for business.

The solution? Well, in case you didn’t see it coming already, we thought we’d let our readers and prospective clients know that Cratex Group is the country’s most reputable industrial packing and crating company – one that is fully approved by the the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) for our explicit adherence to all rules and regulations directed at preventing the spread of pests. And yes, this includes strict adherence to today’s blog topic of choice – the ISPM Guidelines for Regulating Wood Packing Material used in International Trade.

Do yourself, your organization and/or corporation a favor and avoid even the slightest potential for non-conformance penalties when shipping products/materials overseas by securing the packing and crating services of Cratex Group. Contact Cratex Group today and be free of pests – wood carried insects and international trade watch dogs alike.

Retail Import Cargo to Boost Shipping in Early Spring


Retailers are making their mark on the shipping industry this spring

A recent report from the National Retail Federation (NRF) evidences an expected surge in retail imports at the onset of spring. The NRF module known as the Global Port Tracker, in conjunction with Hackett Associates, is a trusted resource of data as it relates to national ports, shipping, and (by default) the industrial packing and crating industry as well. When they state that ports can expect a definitive lift in retail imports you can take it to the bank, especially if you are a retailer.

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Ensure Your Overseas Shipment Braves Waves Without Harm


When you envision shipping your products or materials used in the course of conducting business across the ocean overseas what image does your mind conjure? You have thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of dollars (millions?), of merchandise/goods on the line and braving the most unpredictable of Mother Nature’s weapons – the sea. We don’t know about you but the first flash that comes to mind for many is one of a relatively large shipping tanker turned tiny in comparison as it climbs a dark blue flowing wall of a wave, slapping its hull back down with a white water splash as it hurdles over each towards its destination.

Waves are the big question mark when it comes of overseas shipping. No matter how clear the sky, wind, and swell forecast on the day of departure the slightest shift in conditions can dramatically alter the passage of any ship using its surface to transport cargo from land to land. The ankle lapping wash that you wade in at your nearest shore is the result of a wind born swell that traveled thousands of miles to arrive. But the mostly gentle result can look entirely different out there on the sea as it gains its momentum. Again, are you confident that your valuable goods are prepared to arrive in as good as a condition as they were when they left your watchful inspection? Granted, reputable shipping companies are vastly experienced in dealing with these conditions. The unpredictable nature of the entire ocean system is in itself a system that can be accounted for with contingency plans. Many accessible overseas shipping companies are proficient in settling-in your shipment within containers to ensure its protection during the long journey. A little due diligence and online research regarding shipping companies located around your nearest port will provide for the comfort that you need. But then there are rogue waves.

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Concerned About Corrosion When Shipping on the Sea?

Corrosion Protection

Don’t let the threat of rust drop an anchor on your progress as a business in need of sea born shipping

By basic definition, corrosion is the gradual disintegration of metal and other similar materials by chemical reaction with its surrounding environment. In a more dramatic sense, it can be the bane of the existence of any person or business seeking to ship a possession or product on the ocean, be it along the coastline from San Diego to Vancouver or overseas to Asia.

It is such a nemesis because the primary culprit in causing corrosion is water, in particular salt water, which is found conjoined with the air surrounding anything near the ocean. It’s a juxtaposition – proximity to the sea provides transport of goods with an optimum logistic scenario yet without proper care the properties of it can turn a shiny new possession/product into a rusted antique within a few short years – minus the vintage appraisal value.

The electro-chemical process of aqueous corrosion affects both metals and alloys that come in contact in any form of salt water, direct or otherwise. Salt water serves as a very proficient electrolyte. Its chloride property is ever present in static marine atmospheres or on transport on the sea, where splash and spray touch surfaces and hides in the all-encompassing air. When you factor in a point of origin where oxygen concentration is low, such as within metal/alloy nooks and crannies, electrodes are positively charged and the acidic nature of the process begins, causing corrosion and good old fashioned rust. Unless of course the appropriate precautions are taken.

Now we know that many individuals or businesses are content to ship items without applying the proper due diligence in selecting packing & crating of shipping companies with appropriate methods because they’ve done so once before and saw no immediate corrosive impact. We doubt they’ll feel that same sense of confidence in a few years down the road when items begin to show the destructive signs of that decision. Corrosion may be a slow killer, but a killer nonetheless. However it is a beast easily defeated (prevented) by simply selecting the right packing, crating, and shipping company.

Cratex Group, located along the wonderful port shores of Vancouver BC, is versed as an industry leader in the packing and crating business. Most importantly (with respect to today’s blog entry) we are specialists in the corrosion control during shipment department, using Cortec Corrosion Inhibiting Products. Whether you are a well-to-do car collector shipping a prized vehicle, a construction company needing to transport machinery, or a small/medium/large business owner sending metal or alloy based products to valued customers overseas you’ll want to use Cratex to get the job done without salt water corrosion creeping in.

Contact our industrial packing and crating Vancouver company today and keep corrosion at bay when shipping.

Vancouver Industrial Packing Perfect for Overseas Shipping of Antiques, Art & Artifacts

Fine Art Packing - Cratex Industrial Packing and Shipping

A recent exhibit that graced the end of summer in our city sparked this recent blog edition from our Vancouver Industrial Packing and Crating blog. The exhibit was titled Paradise Lost, put on by the University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology. The show curated works from across the Pacific Ocean, collecting artisan crafted masterpieces from the regional likes of Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu. Some of the items were small, some were large, but all of them relatively priceless.

One of Cratex’s contributors was casually on hand for the exhibit and sparked up a conversation with one of the Museum’s representatives, making small talk over the logistics involved in curating such an expansive collection. The extremely sensitive nature of the exhibit, and any like it, makes putting together these frequent (for museums, galleries, etc.) affairs quite the challenge. The representative recounted stories that they had heard about organizations similar to theirs that had secured the services of certain shipping companies without performing their due diligence ahead of time. Every once in an unfortunate while works of art, antiques, and other items of deep inherent value did not make the trip in one piece. It goes without saying that in an industry such as theirs such a thing is not only unacceptable, it’s a downright travesty. We don’t even want to imagine the years of bad luck that could come from finding a shattered statue that was crafted by a shaman hundreds (or thousands) of years ago, for those that are superstitious.

We handed the representative a card and went on to enjoy the affair. Which brings us to today’s blog entry. Vancouver is a city deeply rooted in arts and culture. The public demands access to works that convey this attribute and because of this galleries, museums, and private collectors alike are constantly curating works from all over the world. Some of it comes from close by near Haida Gwaii in BC while other items cross continents and oceans to come to our shores. We know this well because Cratex is the most reputable industrial packing, crating, and shipping company in Vancouver and on the west coast of Canada. While our name may incite visions of industrial supplies and goods we in fact also renowned for our handling of sensitive items such as antiques, art, and artifacts. Our practices for packing, crating, shrink wrapping, and shipping ensure that no matter how delicate the works it will arrive at its destination as perfect as it was when it left its initial home.

If you represent the interests of a collector or organization applicable to the topic addressed in today’s blog please do not hesitate to contact Cratex Industrial Packing Ltd today. The world needs to ensure that these works of art maintain through the next millennia and we’re here to do our small part.