So you are considering shipping your goods by crate and looking for some pointers. I have asked our specialists in charge of crating and shipping fragile goods here at Ship Smart and used the answers to create a list of tips to aid you in your endeavor.
First, I should mention that they all suggested that you have Ship Smart crate and ship your items first. When you have Ship Smart deliver your items, they recommended the deferred delivery service, this way the wood crate would be preserved when delivered. They wanted you to be able to see how professionals build custom crates.
Not all of you can do this so here are the rest of the tips.
Crating and Shipping Tips
When transporting shipping crates, use large labels and place them where they can be seen. Shipping labels should provide the necessary information about the cargo as to its nature and dimension. If it is breakable, the fragile label should be pasted on the outside of the shipping crates, on a few different sides. This will give the freight handler a good idea about the product and that the crate should be moved with care.
Shipping crates are made of different materials, but most are made of wood. When shipping internationally, make sure you check with customs at the crates destination and build the crate with approved materials. It is very important that shipping crates are built durable and secure. When transporting goods from one port to the other, and from one truck to another, these crates can incur impact from other cargo that is poorly packed, rough roads, and turbulent oceans. Therefore, it is a must that crates can withstand severe handling conditions during transit and that all items are braced to prevent movement during transportation.
When it comes to packing your items, please make sure to wrap your items with paper, bubble wrap, or plastic, to prevent scratches. This should be done before bracing. Use foam padding to line crates and packing peanuts, paper, or similar products to fill the entire crate. You should always use high-quality packing materials.
There are many companies that specialize in shipping crates. These companies even customize crates according to your own specifications. Though these crate manufacturers assure you that their crates are the best in the market and are the most sought after, it still a good idea to pay a closer attention to their reputation and experience. You just can't take your items for granted. Everyone is going to have a bad review or two. How did they respond? Did they make it right? How many bad reviews do they have, how many good?
If you want to have a professional ship your crates for you first, and learn from that experience before you ship them yourself, call us here at Ship Smart. Our friendly sales staff can give you a quick estimate right over the phone.