Pack Safe, Ship Smart
Tips for packing, crating and shipping your freight.
The number one reason for damage during a shipment is improper packaging. Learning how to package your freight the right way will help get your shipment to its destination on time and unharmed. Here are a few tips on how to package, crate, palletize and ship your freight.
Tips for moving heavy household items and furniture:
Invest in moving straps – Moving straps will assist in sliding heavy or awkward shipments. This enables you to use your leverage instead of raw strength allowing for a safe transition onto a pallet or into a crate.
Use a dolly – A dolly can be your best friend when moving heavy furniture or appliances.
Use moving gloves – Unlike their plain cotton counterparts, moving gloves are designed to help you grip heavy large items.
Box your products - Objects and products should be packaged in a box, crate or protective container with a sealed lid. Loose items will not be picked up by carriers. Large heavy items and multiple containers should be placed in a crate. Crated items can easily be lifted by a forklift or lift gate without harming the freight.
Disassemble - Take apart anything that can be disassembled. Put hardware in a plastic bag and label it clearly. Secure the plastic bag to the item that is being shipped. Wrap any additional pieces in bubble wrap or padding.
Separate Add-ons - Remove any cushions, table legs, drawers, lamp shades, pillows or slip covers. Anything that is not part of the whole piece should be disassembled and packaged separately. If it could fall out, it will!
Cover your corners - Bubble wrap or cardboard the corners of any furniture items, appliances, or personal effects.
Fill but don’t over fill - Bubble wrap and foam products can be used to fill in extra space in your box. The fuller the box the more stackable and sturdy your package will be. For fragile items bubble wrap or pad each individual item before filling your gaps.
Label your freight – Label every box in your shipment. This will assist carriers should part of your shipment get separated. Include pertinent information like the shipper and receivers address, phone numbers, bill of lading number and date your items were shipped.
Crate the heavy stuff – Furniture, household appliances, engines, automobile parts, machinery, video game units and exercise equipment should all be shipped in a crate. If you’re unsure, play it safe and crate your freight!
Crate the fragile stuff – Fragile cargo should be boxed, even double boxed and extensively padded. A crate can serve as extra protection for fragile materials. Tightly pack the items to leave less room for shifting, while inserting foam and bubble wrap into the gaps.
Heavy on the bottom – Place heavy items in the crate first and put your lighter items on top to reduce shifting during transit.
Contact your local pallet yard - Different sizes and option are available as well as customer pallets for special orders. Pallets are very inexpensive and easy to find. Just check with your local supermarket or big box store. There are many different sized pallets, but the standard is 40” x 48”.
Know your weight - Include your packaging, crate and pallet when determining how much your freight weighs.
Ask for help – When in doubt contact a professional packer to assist you in crating and palletizing your freight.
Fit within the pallet – Don’t overhang any boxes or packaged materials. Doing so will reduce compression strength increasing the likelihood of damaging your cargo.
FreightShipping.com’s knowledgeable freight specialists are here to assist you with every step of the packaging process. From labeling to crating our agents are here to help!