Last week our blog discussed the comparison of shipping goods on wood and plastic pallets as they relate to those companies exporting cargo to retail partners, in particular those of the “big box” variety. As a follow up to that article we thought we’d provide a more general side by side comparison of wood and plastic pallets, considering that they are used to provide a secure transportable base for practically any company shipping cargo.
Wood vs Plastic Pallets for All-Purpose Shipping
As an industrial packing and crating company servicing the shipping ports of Greater Vancouver we are intimately familiar with the procedures regarding overseas shipping to Asia. Recently we provided our readers with an article about packing and shipping to the Philippines, which has started a series of blog articles for 2014 regarding shipping regulations as they relate to various regions common to Greater Vancouver import/export. In today’s post we touch on Japan.
Important Information Regarding Shipping Cargo to Japan
Last week our industrial packing and crating company discussed the process of roll-on/roll-off shipping as a method used to ship heavy machinery such as construction vehicles overseas. In this week’s follow-up Cratex Group is providing insight into the concept of out of gauge shipping – also used to provide shipping solutions to international construction companies and the like.
On numerous occasions within our industrial packing and crating blog we have mentioned the prospect of shipping construction equipment overseas. With Canada being the home to many specialized construction companies and other organizations with architectural projects abroad the global demand for overseas shipping of heavy machinery from our BC ports is on the rise. There are basically three options for shipping such machinery, two of which we will discuss in future posts (thus follow our Cratex Group blog on a regular basis) with the remaining, and most common, discussed here today. We’re talking about roll-on/roll-off shipping.
The Filipino community in North America, especially here in the Lower Mainland of Vancouver, continues to grow at an exponential level. Because of this business interest both towards and from the Philippines is growing in proportion. While large segments of their labor concentrated population are securing work on our shores their internal development within the metropolis of Manila (including burgeoning districts such as Makati and Fort Bonafacio) are beginning to resemble the likes of high-end Southern California cities (with a walloping dose of humidity). You could close your eyes here and awake in Makati thinking that you are still at home in North America as you spy a Starbucks, TGIF, and 7-11 on every corner along with Trump branded hotels. The population in Manila has adopted the North American architectural and retail ideal which has feverishly increased the demand for products and materials from both the US and Canada. As an industrial packing and crating company serving Vancouver BC area ports we receive many customer/client inquiries from small to large scale businesses interested in our services for preparing their product/materials for shipping to Manila. In today’s blog post we are providing some tips to ensuring your end of the process is taken care of before handing off efforts to Cratex Group and any subsequent shipping company.
Tips to Packing & Shipping to the Philippines
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.