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The Basics of Boat Shipping

Ship your boat with a professional.

So it’s time to move, but why leave your boat behind? As long as there is a suitable body of water nearby at your destination there is no reason to not take your boat with you. Shipping a boat will take some time and consideration to make sure it arrives undamaged at its new marina. With proper time spent in preparation you can continue to enjoy your favorite “hole in the water” at your new home port.

How to Properly Ship your Boat

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Our Dedication to You: Part II

Ask us about our cargo protection.

Imagine leaving your child in the hands of total strangers. Would you not want this said stranger to be someone trustworthy and dependable? We know how much your company values your cargo – they are your babies! Leave them in our hands and we guarantee that we will look after them like our own. Below is the continuation of our advice to maximizing protection of your valuable cargo for shipment.

How we protect your cargo (Continued)

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International Shipping Tips: II

International shipping can be easy when you follow thesehelpful tips.
As a small online retailer who is looking to ship your products over the international lines, you may likely be worried about the many risks that accompany the complicated procedures. In the following entry, we will continue from our previous posting and introduce to you the last three tips in detail. Enjoy!

International Shipping Tips Continued:

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Keys to Selecting a Freight Carrier

Tips for choosing the right freight carrier for your company.In the shipping and supply chain, it’s important that you leverage just the right services to get your cargo from one place to the other. Making the wrong choices can create problems not only with a high cost and low efficiency supply chain, but can create communications issues, can see your cargo get damaged en route, or may simply create aggravation and headache when the shipping process is not functioning as you’d like. There are several things you should keep in mind when making the choice of a carrier for your goods, which will make sure that you will have a long and productive relationship.

Tips for Choosing The Right Freight Carrier

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All About Transloading

At Cratex we can handle all of your transloading needs.
Transloading is an increasingly popular method of moving cargo from one location to another. It involves mixing different types of transportation modes, blending railway shipping with local trucking, airline, and/or waterborne methods, the needs of the customer are best served. This sort of shipping can be used for almost any type of bulk goods and commodities including fresh food and beverages as well as dry goods, tools, and other products.

Everything you Need to Know About Transloading

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Crossdock vs. Transload Services

Transloading can save your company both time and money.
Transloading and cross docking each use very different strategies to achieve the same end: reducing the costs of the supply chain. Both involve product handling and delivery to any of many different destinations. Both seek to increase the speed to market. Both consolidate the number of products into as few shipping steps as possible and both can handle customization of products. There are, however, core differences in the methods used. It’s important to understand these differences.

Is Cross Docking Better than Transloading?

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Using Custom Shipping Crates for Valuable Items

Cratex Industrial Packing excels at constructing custom crates for all different types of cargo.
Thousands of items every day are shipped worldwide, and many of these are both fragile and valuable. Shipping items like this requires many special considerations, and in order to guarantee that your items reach their destination intact and undamaged, you’ll want to take every precaution possible. In addition to such things as special packing materials and insurance, you will want just the right crating into which the item will be packed.

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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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