Tips for Packing and Shipping Heavy Items

Regardless of what you are shipping, challenges are sure to arise.  These challenges can become magnified if you need to pack and ship heavy items.  As the premier company for all your industrial packing and crating needs, here are some tips on how to pack and ship your heavy items to prevent any surprises and ensure that they arrive undamaged.

Know the Risks/Challenges

Heavy and cumbersome items come with their own set of risks.  By knowing and understanding these risks, you can better prepare, pack and ship your freight knowing that it will reach its destination in the same condition it left your warehouse.  Some of the risks associated with heavy items include:

  • Being dropped.
  • Shifting in its box when being moved or from vibrations in trucks or conveyor belts.
  • Compression due to poor stacking or over packing boxes or crates.
  • Drastic changes in humidity or temperature.

When preparing your heavy items for shipping, be sure to consider these risks and prepare your shipment accordingly.

Choose the Right Materials

When you are packing your heavy items for shipping, be sure to choose the right materials.  Any solid shipment starts with the right type of pallet. Choose an undamaged and sturdy pallet that can be lifted multiple times, stacked and repositioned.

If you are building crates, use only undamaged wood that will hold together for the duration of the shipment.

Secure your Freight

Secure freight is undamaged freight.  After loading your heavy items on a pallet, be sure to secure them with durable shrink wrap.  This will ensure that your freight doesn’t shift or tip when it is being loaded, unloaded or transloaded.

Another great way to prevent any type of shifting during shipment is to fill all empty space with packing material.  The type of item that you are shipping will dictate what type of packing material to use.

Here’s the deal:

Always choose to over pack and over secure your heavy items.  The last thing you want is unhappy customers because of improperly packed or secured freight.     

Choose the Right Shipper

When it comes down to choosing a carrier, always pick one that can accommodate the needs of your freight.  Heavy or cumbersome items present a whole new set of challenges and you will need your shipping company to be able to meet the challenges and ensure that your freight is handled properly at all stages of the shipping process.

At Cratex, we have the experience and understanding of shipping a wide array of heavy and cumbersome items and use the latest technology and machinery to get your freight where it needs to go on time and undamaged.  We have decades of expertise and a friendly, reliable and knowledgeable staff who can help you with all your shipping needs.

The next time you need to ship your heavy freight, give us a call.  We would love to be a part of your shipping network and look forward to working with you soon.