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Blocking, Bracing & Beyond – Tips to Shipping an Automobile Overseas

Transloading vehicles with Cratex Industrial Packing and Shipping

You’ll want to follow these overseas auto shipping tips to protect a ride like this

Our Vancouver industrial packing and crating company has many years of experience in working with customers in need of overseas shipping protection for their automobiles. Cratex Group is renowned for its work in blocking and bracing of especially sensitive items that are being shipped overseas from Lower Mainland ports, and vehicles fall into that category.

Our client and prospect base for such a task is numerous. Some are car restoration specialists that need to deliver a classic custom to a collector overseas in time for a show ‘n’ shine. Some are military personnel that desire to have their privately owned vehicle (their “baby”) with them during their tenure on a foreign base. Others include automobile retailers, contractors, or simply overseas relocating households that want to ensure their car arrives in the exact same condition that it left the carport in. No matter the reason, our Vancouver packing and crating company has been providing professional blocking and bracing for valuable vehicles for quite some time. Individuals, businesses, and shippers have been using our services from the beginning. While Cratex Group alleviates the weight off of your mind for much of the overseas car shipping process we thought we’d offer a few easy to follow tips on what you too can do to prepare for your vehicle’s overseas adventure.

5 Tips to Shipping an Automobile Overseas

1. Compare Shipping Companies Early in the Process

This is no normal “within town” relocation scenario and thus must not be taken lightly. Perform due diligence months in advance as soon as you know that you will need to ship a vehicle overseas. You will likely have to pay by the mile/kilometer so that will be your initial benchmark, but don’t only use price as consideration. Company reputation is everything when it comes to selecting an overseas vehicle shipping company. Look at how long they’ve been in business, any industry accreditation they may have, and even the quality to their website will speak to their professionalism.

2. Have Your Paperwork Well in Order

Find out what paperwork (from your shipper) you will need in advance and complete for submission early as well to leave room for corrections. Duplicate copies will likely be needed for documents such as notarized ownership title, a letter from the lien holder (if applicable), an export declaration form, a declaration of dangerous goods form, and/or other documents that will be contingent upon departure locations and arrival destinations.

3. Insurance

First find out if your existing vehicle insurance provider policy covers overseas shipping of your vehicle/s. If you will indeed require insurance, your automobile shipper will be able to provide one for you at a price that often reaches up to two and a half percent of the vehicle book value.

4. Clean & Tune

Be sure to have your vehicle professionally tuned-up before shipping. Check everything from the battery and air pressure to transmission and brakes and every fluid that your vehicle depends on for health. In addition, be sure to clean your vehicle thoroughly and remove anything that can move around within during transit so as to not damage the interior of the vehicle. Also remove exterior additions such as roof racks and other appendages to keep the vehicle more compact during transport. While the more empty the better, you will still want to ensure your standard emergency items are kept secured within the trunk – jumper cables, spare tire, jack, and flashlight. Of course you’ll also want enough gas to have the vehicle driven from the arrival port to a nearby destination or gas station.

5. Perform a Documented Inspection Before Departure

Finally, perform a documented (complete with pictures and video) walk-thru inspection of your vehicle as it sits prepared for shipping. That way there can be no question nor haggling should the automobile not be in the exact same condition as it was when it left its port of departure.

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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!

Prepare for Overseas Shipments

At Cratex we can handle all of your transloading needs.Using a cargo liner to ship items overseas is a complicated process. In order to be successful you need to have many things lined up properly in order to make sure your shipment arrives safely, legally and in the correct location. Failing to prepare for overseas shipments can result in the loss of an entire shipment and quite a bit of money along with it. Here are some things to keep in mind when you are preparing a shipment for overseas freight.

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Shipping or Moving Wine

Wine and grapes

Wine collections can be a considerable investment. Attempting to move a wine collection from one point to another, for whatever reason, can be quite the task. There are quite a few things you need to understand about shipping or moving wine. While this list of tips is far from comprehensive, these should get you started in understanding how difficult moving an expensive wine collection might be and why custom packing might be necessary for your collection.

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Ensure Your Overseas Shipment Braves Waves Without Harm

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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.