Shipping Crates - Shipping Services - Standard Inclusions
Maximum protection for your belongings
Shipping crates are designed to offer additional protection during transit and come in a variety of sizes, shapes and materials. The degree of protection that they provide will depend on the nature of the goods that are being shipped and how sensitive they are to factors such as temperature and movement.
What’s best: wood, metal or plastic?
Basic crates are usually made out of wood, metal or plastic and are fitted with skids or pallets for easy stacking and storage. All wooden crates undergo a special heat treatment process to kill any parasites and bugs that may have inhabited the wood used to construct them. Certain countries such as China will not permit crates to be passed through customs if there is not sufficient proof that that they have undergone an intense heat treatment process and do not contain any bark.
Crates can either be nailed together, or super size locks and clamps can be used to join edges and corners. Optional features that can be added to basic designs include foam bases and interiors, ramps and additional hardware. Foam interiors provide further protection against shock and vibrations, while ramps and special hardware allow for easy loading and unloading of extremely heavy goods and items with wheels. For especially large items, prefabricated crates that can be easily broken down are also available.
Crates designed specifically for pets are usually constructed out of plywood, corrugated plastic or fiberglass. These type of crates need to conform to stringent specifications before they will be deemed suitable to transport live animals. Some of the specifications officials will look at include the thickness of the material used to construct the crate, the amount of space that an animal has to move about within the crate and how well-ventilated the crate is.
As a general rule, animals should be able to stand up, turn around and lie down in their crates with relative ease. Locks and clips on crate doors should fasten securely and crate bases should under no circumstances be unsteady or uneven. There should be openings on more than one side of containers to allow for the free flow of air within the container. Crates should be lined with bedding material and frozen water and food canisters should be fixed to the door of the shipping crate.
All crates housing pets should be clearly labeled with a ‘Live Animal in Transit’ label and an arrow label indicating the upright position that the crate should remain in. The owner’s address, the pets name and any feeding instructions should be firmly glued to the top of shipping crates.
It is also advisable to affix a photograph of the pet to the shipping crate so that officials can see straight away precisely what kind of animal it is that they are dealing with.