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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.


Tips for Effective Transloading

Transloading is a great way for a company to add flexibility and speed to their supply chain. It allows you to move your goods using different methods of transport in order to optimize your delivery times and locations. To get it done correctly requires some know how. Partnering with a quality transloading company like Cratex group is a good first step. Here are some other tips to keep in mind for your transloading operation in order to get the most out of it.

Plan for Additional Time

Transloading adds time to your shipping process, typically between 48 and 72 hours depending on the size of the shipment and how much it is being broken up (or consolidated) when it arrives. Failing to plan for this added time can cause you to miss shipping deadlines or not get your shipment to market on time. Factor in this added time to your shipping to ensure that you do not have to explain to your customers why they are still waiting for their goods.

Break Up Large Shipments

Transloading offers you flexibility on delivery. If you have a large shipment arriving by train or by sea, you can have a transloader split that large shipment up into several smaller ones that can be transported LTL or on smaller truck lines. This means instead of making one large delivery to one customer, you can spread your delivery over many customers who all get the amount that is right for them. This allows you more flexibility on where your shipments are going to go on the destination end while still getting bulk shipments to a general area intact.

Flexibility in Supply Chain Logistics

If you are sending supplies or goods to a market where the demand is high to maximize profit, one of the worst things that can happen is for the market to crash in transit. Transloading allows you the flexibility to change in route and move those goods to another area that might need them more instead of taking a hit on arriving to a market too late.

Multimodal Transportation of Goods

Using rail for cross country transport might seem like a good idea if you have a rail freight center nearby both you and your customer. If not, you may immediately think that your shipment is going to have to be taken by truck. Transloading changes all that.

Transloading offers you the ability to send a large shipment via train and then use trucks to get it where it needs to go on the other end. It is also great for overseas importing and exporting as you can use low cost sea carriers to get the goods to a port and then truck them to their final destination.

Transloading saves time and money and offers your business more flexibility on getting what you want where you need it. Consider Cratex Group for all of your transloading needs. Contact us today!

Knowing and Declaring the Correct Weight of Shipment

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Cargo costs are based on weight. Some might think it is a good idea to shave a pound off of the shipping weight here and there to save a few dollars. It can also be tempting to save some time by rounding the shipping weight instead of accurately computing it. However, not accurately reporting the shipping weight can lead to dire consequences for the shipment as well as the people handling the shipment.
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Transshipping, Transloading and Customs: When Will My Cargo be Inspected?

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One of the most challenging aspects of shipping cargo to another country is customs. Each country has its own, sometimes very complex, laws that require the right paperwork to be filed at the right times. But, if your cargo is being transloaded or transshipped to be moved to a different country, when will customs kick in and what customs paperwork needs to be filed?
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What Is a Bill of Lading?

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Whether it’s a short form bill of lading, a long form one, a switch bill of lading, or any other variety, bills of lading are not only commonplace and standard in the transloading industry, they are in fact one of the most essential parts of the shipping and logistics process. Since it holds such a central place in the process, it’s important to understand the bill of lading.

Three Purposes of a Bill of Lading

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Industrial Shipping Step by Step

Industrial packing and shipping truck on a high level bridgeIndustrial shipping moves tens of thousands of shipping containers through thousands of seaports and airports every day of the year. It’s the way in which your sneakers, hoodies, notebooks, furniture, and even food make the worldwide journey from shipper to receiver. Each supply chain has its own procedures and logistics to maintain, to ensure a smooth and steady transfer of goods from one point to another.

The Industrial Shipping Chain

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How Transloading Increases Efficiency

Transloading services can improve yourTransloading, or the process of transferring cargo between varying means of transportation from its source to its final destination, is becoming ever more popular in the industrial shipping industry with each passing day. This process covers products from stereos to dangerous chemicals, and can cover all kinds of transportation from rail to truck to airline to ocean liner.

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Maximize your cost savings with Transloading

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There are several reasons why transloading has become the most cost-efficient and preferred way to handle goods for import.  Transloading services ultimately help you save money by bringing ocean containers inland to distribution centers.  Transloading also reduces both your landed costs and your handling costs at the destination by transferring cargo (without sorting the contents for shipment ) to a single destination.

Additional costs and be saved when the services are combined with palletizing and shrink-wrapping. Below we provide you with more tips to help you maximize your savings with transloading:

Tips for saving money on your shipping costs

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