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General Industrial Packing Tips

If you are looking to move your freight any distance, then an important step is going to be industrial packing. Moving freight is different than using a commercial service with premade envelopes. Here are some basic steps for getting your items ready for shipment.

Box it Up

Unless you are shipping large equipment that can take up an entire pallet or crate by itself, you are going to want to have boxes for everything. Boxes keep everything in one place and help to protect your shipment. If you are going to have multiple boxes, you will need a shrink wrapped pallet or a custom crate for shipping.

Fragile or Non-Fragile

Next determine if your shipment is going to consist of fragile items or non-fragile items. Generally speaking, fragile items are going to be things that can break due to normal shipping conditions. Glass, electronics, artwork and household goods are all examples of fragile items. Canned goods, paper, tools and bulk building materials are all non-fragile goods.

Box Items Accordingly

Depending on the type of item you are shipping, your packing methods are going to differ. When packing fragile items, more care should be taken to protect each individual item. Using bubble wrap to wrap the item, placing it in a box, then wrapping that box in bubble wrap and putting it into a second box is a good strategy. Remember you want your fragile items to be as snug in the box as possible without damaging them. This will prevent items from getting broken as a result of shifting during shipping.

Non-fragile items are a bit easier. Just make sure that the boxes you are packing them into are sturdy enough to hold the weight. If they can be affected by dirt, dust, salt water or weather, you might want to consider a layer of insulation around them to prevent contamination. Use foam, padding or packing paper to fill in the gaps in the boxes and secure them with packing tape to ensure that they remain closed.

Shrink Wrapping a Pallet

The pallet is the standard shipping unit for several boxes. You want your palletized boxes to move as one unit. If they sway, move or can tip over, it can cause all manner of problems for your freight company. Start by building a solid base on the bottom by wrapping several layers of shrink wrap around the bottom of the box and the pallet. Pull tight before going around a corner.

Once you have created a solid foundation, start building on it and working your way up. You want to make sure the second layer is firmly connected to the base layer and so on as you move up the pallet. When you reach the top, you can either stop or work your way back down if you are not satisfied with the stability of the pallet.

For custom crating and other industrial packing services, contact Cratex Group today!

Knowing and Declaring the Correct Weight of Shipment

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Cargo costs are based on weight. Some might think it is a good idea to shave a pound off of the shipping weight here and there to save a few dollars. It can also be tempting to save some time by rounding the shipping weight instead of accurately computing it. However, not accurately reporting the shipping weight can lead to dire consequences for the shipment as well as the people handling the shipment.
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Standard Pallets vs. Custom Crates: When to Use Them

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You see them everywhere. Outside of the grocery store, the retail discounter, even outside of some more high end stores. Standard pallets are a very common item when it comes to moving goods from one place to the other. Sometimes they just cannot get the job done. You might need something more specific to your items dimensions or weight. Let’s examine standard pallets and see when they might not be enough to handle the job.
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What is Transshipment and Why is the Discharging Vessel Name Different?


Shipping large amounts of cargo overseas is a complex process. If it is your first time or you have shipped lots of items using a shipping line, there are some things that might be seem confusing. One of them is that when arriving at the destination port, the name of the discharging vessel is different than the name of the loading vessel.
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Transshipping, Transloading and Customs: When Will My Cargo be Inspected?

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One of the most challenging aspects of shipping cargo to another country is customs. Each country has its own, sometimes very complex, laws that require the right paperwork to be filed at the right times. But, if your cargo is being transloaded or transshipped to be moved to a different country, when will customs kick in and what customs paperwork needs to be filed?
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Why Transloading is a Smart Choice for Business

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When it comes to handling goods for import, especially bulk shipments, nothing really saves businesses as much time and money as professional transloading services. Because this is such a flexible and cost-effective means of transportation it has become highly preferable for traders around the globe to implement transloading.

What is Transloading?

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Customized Crating Services to Meet Diverse Shipping Requirements

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When you are looking for reliable packaging and shipping options in order to ensure for safe transit and delivery of your cargo, it is always highly recommended to opt for customized crating services.  Custom made crates are made from certified lumber and are specifically built to suit the diverse shipping requirements of different goods and merchandise. As these types of crates conform to the highest of manufacturing standards, you can be rest assured that your shipment will arrive completely safe upon delivery.

Ensure Complete Cargo Safety with Customized Crates

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How to Ship a Yacht Overseas

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First of all, congratulations on the purchase of a yacht. Unless you are the seller, then congrats on the notable windfall. With those pleasantries out of the way we can address the quandary that likely landed you on this article. While those on the “outside looking in” may assume that the answer to the inquiry in the title is to have the large boat do what it is meant to do – hit the open sea and make its way to its next destination on its very own hull – such an overseas journey is a daunting one and will put some significant wear and tear on your yacht. That is why so very many of you are searching for a more practical shipping solution for your ship and why we are using today’s post to provide further insight into the process.

How to Ship a Yacht, or Other Large Boat, Overseas

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Transloading Services Explained by Vancouver Provider


If your business or organization depends upon shipping cargo over long distances, be it across country or overseas, then you have likely come across the term “transloading”. You’ve also likely heard that it can be among the most efficient and cost effective means of shipping. So what is it exactly?

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How to Ship a Cessna Overseas


One look out onto the waterfront of Port Vancouver and you’ll notice a scene dotted by seaplanes and other small aircraft transporting visitors and commuters to and from our other surrounding ports and landing strips. The chances are that you are looking at a Cessna, perhaps a 172, an Amphibian model, or some other small craft variety in their expansive inventory. Perhaps not. The point being is that most people associate the brand with small planes and many transport and tour companies use them in their course of business. In port cities across the world these North American made planes are in demand by like businesses. With Greater Vancouver being a major North American port city that ships overseas to everywhere from Hawaii to Australia to various Asian shorelines, it is no strange sight to see a Cessna or other small aircraft being prepared for shipping along our harbors. If you are preparing for or considering the prospect of shipping a small plane overseas we are here to answer a few questions to help wrap your mind around the seemingly daunting concept.

How to Ship a Cessna or Other Small Plane Overseas

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