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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.

The High Cost of Full Truckload Shipping

money tug of warWhen gas prices were high, the reasons that shipping costs had gone up were pretty evident. Anything that shipped in a vehicle that used gasoline meant higher costs due to fuel. Now that fuel prices are plummeting, it seems like shipping costs should be lowered to match the drop in fuel. Truth is, full truckload shipping isn’t going down at all. Here are some of the reasons that the shipping industry is not tied as tightly to fuel prices as you might think. Continue reading

Avoid These Mistakes When Shipping Servers

Laptop computer with sky screen isolated on whiteWhatever the business reason, there is no doubt that shipping a computer can be tricky. The process gets more complex if you are shipping servers or more critical computers. No matter the reason, you want your servers to ship in one peace and ready to go on to your network when they arrive. This means avoiding some of these common shipping mistakes when it comes to servers. Continue reading

Tips for Shipping Produce

Sweet Peppers in Wood Crate

Spring is upon us, which means harvest season is right around the corner. Once your warehouses start filling up with freshly picked produced, you are going to have to ship it to the customers who are interested in buying. Nobody wants a shipment of produce to arrive bruised and messy. Here are some things to remember as you get your crop ready to ship to your customers to make sure it arrives looking as good as it did the day it was picked.

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Pallets: The Workhorses of Shipping

palletYou’ve seen them, but you may not have taken notice of them. Pallets are the workhorses of shipping. Without pallets you wouldn’t be able to move shipments around or hold your shipments together. If you are new to shipping, then read on to see what pallets can do for you and what kind of pallets are available for you to buy. Continue reading

Shipping Flooring Materials

Timber floor

The only thing that might be more difficult than replacing a floor is shipping the flooring itself. Flooring comes in all sorts of different shapes, sizes and materials, from hardwood and bamboo to tile and laminate. This can make getting flooring to the construction site in one piece a challenge. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps that you can take to make sure that the flooring that you are shipping is not damaged and arrives ready to be installed. Continue reading

Shipping Refrigerated Goods Overseas


Using a refrigerated container (or reefer, as they are known) to ship your goods overseas is a good idea for anything that needs to have a specific and controlled climate. Foodstuffs and even some chemicals or materials need to be kept at a constant cool temperature. This can be difficult on a ship if a container is not a reefer container. Here is an explanation of how these containers work, as well as some tips for shipping refrigerated goods. Continue reading

What Should You Know Before Shopping for Freight Carriers

shipping goods in a factory So you have a large amount of freight you need to move. It is time to start shopping for freight carriers. In order to get the best results when shopping around, there is some common information that all carriers are going to ask you. Having that information on hand and ready to go when they ask for it will make your shopping and selection process goes much more smoothly. Here is the list of things you should have on hand before you contact shipping lines to move your freight.

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What are Shipping Detention Charges?

warehouseSo you are going over your freight bill and you notice a line item that is listed as detention. Extra charges for freight never make shippers happy, but mysterious ones are even worse. Let’s discuss what detention is, why it is charged and ways that you can avoid having shipping detention charged when you ship.

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