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Transloading Services Explained by Vancouver Provider


If your business or organization depends upon shipping cargo over long distances, be it across country or overseas, then you have likely come across the term “transloading”. You’ve also likely heard that it can be among the most efficient and cost effective means of shipping. So what is it exactly?

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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.

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.