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Packing And Crating For The Occasional Shipper

by Bruce Lawson

If you don't send many packages through a freight company, or if you occasionally only require the use of a single box when you do ship merchandise, you may be unfamiliar with packing and crating standards and the difference between these two shipment options.

Packing Versus Crating

Packing a large shipment that includes sending various boxes to the same destination can be accomplished with the use of pallets. Crating numerous items that are fragile or unboxed can be conducted with the use of wooden boxes or double-layered cardboard. Securing products prior to shipment will minimize the threat of damage and will ensure that products are not lost while in transit.

When And How To Use Packing

Packing items inside of standard corrugated cardboard cartons is most effective when a small or large amount of products are being shipped. However, merchandise could potentially become damaged while it is being transferred from the point of origin to its destination if not packaged properly. Shipments may also leave the primary address and not be directly transported to the recipient's address.

As this is the case, packages need to be processed and often are moved to different shipment vehicles, which will result in shipments moving through one or more shipment hubs. Palletizing packages will effectively secure boxes that are a uniform size. If you are going to be sending multiple cartons that can be neatly stacked, purchase some pallets and create a stack on each one.

Plastic wrap and strapping cords can be used to secure each stack. The freight company that you might use may be able to provide additional guidance for this process. they may also be able to provide information about the maximum height of each stack and the weight limit for each pallet. If your shipments are being picked up from a residence, request that a truck with a lift gate is dispatched to your home once you are ready for the pallets to be picked up.

When And How To Use Crating

Crating includes placing a series of products inside of a container that will have a lid secured to it. Individual items should be wrapped in a bubble liner or should be surrounded by packing peanuts or crumpled paper, prior to sealing a container.

The addition of a liner and packing materials will keep items secure. A crate will protect items from moisture and heat. Crating is a better option for items that are uniquely shaped or fragile. Crating can be accomplished with the use of a wooden box and lid or multiple cardboard boxes that are extra thick. Some freight companies request that a dual-layer of cardboard is used. For more information, contact a packing and crating company.