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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!

Tips to Shipping Antique Furniture


The antique business has seen a big resurgence over the last few years. Whether it’s a cyclical pattern or simply the side effect of all of the antique and restoration television programs flooding our cable channels we welcome the result. Much of this business involves regular shipping of antique furniture overseas where supply must be imported/exported to meet demand in far away lands. In other circumstances collections travel for antique shows and the like. No matter the reason protection of these valuable treasures is imperative not only for financial reasons but also to preserve the legacy of furnishings that have stood the test of time. In today’s Cratex Group blog post we are providing antique furniture dealers, collectors, and curators with a few helpful tips to best prepare their wares for long distance shipping.

6 Tips to Follow When Shipping Antique Furniture Overseas

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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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