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Standard Cargo 05/05/2021 : Standard Cargo Tips on Cargo Packaging - Use only strong, corrugated cartons...

Packing Tips

Use only strong, corrugated cartons with covers. We can supply you with specially made cartons, for everything from mattresses to clothing and mirrors. The added protection of mover-provided cartons may avoid damage that results from the use of poor-quality packing materials. Your alternative is to collect boxes discarded by your grocery or liquor store. Save old newspapers for use in packing, but remember that ink may rub off and stain clothing or other items.

*WARNING: Insect eggs and insects such as roaches can travel in food boxes.

Keep this in mind when getting boxes from food stores. Here’s a list packing supplies that will come in handy:

  • Plastic bags and labels for easy identification.
  • Foam peanuts, Styrofoam pellets or “popcorn”.
  • Tissue or craft paper for delicate packing jobs.
  • Corrugated paper rolls for figurines and fragile items.
  • Gummed tape (1 1/2 to 2 inches wide) and/or strong twine for sealing cartons.
  • Markers and labels for identifying contents of cartons.
  • Notebook and pencil for carton identification log.
  • Scissors and/or sharp knife.

Packing Glasses and Stemware

Stuff glasses and stemware with crumpled tissue or packing paper before wrapping.Lay on the corner of packing paper and roll it one or two full rotations (depending on size); pull sides of packing paper up and over glass/stemware and continue rolling to the far corner. Corrugated paper rolls or cellular boxes may be used for added protection. Place glasses and stemware toward the top of your box. Heavier items (dish-ware, pitchers,etc.) should be placed toward the bottom of the box. Delicate glassware and stemware should be placed in an upright position, not on its side.

No matter what you’re packing, you should use crumpled packing paper in between each layer to assure a snug fit wherever there’s a gap. All boxes with “fragile” items should be marked accordingly.

Specialized Packing Tips

The list of individual household items is endless. Most can be packed by following our packing pointers. Here are some additional packing tips for major items. If you want a more comprehensive list of how to pack special items, drop us a line.

Bureau Drawers : Don’t overload. Too heavy a load can cause damage. Remove firearms and any items that might break or leak. Firearms, along with serial numbers, must be registered with your van line representative before the move.

Canned Goods and Other Non-Frozen Food : Pack upright with no more than 24-30 cans per carton. Don’t attempt to move perishables. Wrap glass containers and boxed foods individually and pack in small cartons.

Frozen Foods and Plants : Because of the delicate and perishable nature of these items, your mover is prohibited from accepting these packed items when your shipment is being transported more than 150 miles and/or delivery will not be accomplished within twenty-four (24) hours from the time of loading. Frozen food shipped within these guidelines must be packed in a freezer which at time of loading is at normal deep-freeze temperature.

Clocks : Remove or secure pendulum in large clocks. Grandfather clocks should be prepared for moving by expert servicemen.

Drapes and Curtains : Hang drapes over crossbars in wardrobe cartons, or pack folded in clean cartons. Remove curtains from rods, fold and pack in cartons or bureau drawers.

Flammables and Combustibles : Flammable liquids and aerosol cans must not be packed. Changes in temperature and pressure can cause them to leak, or even explode. For your own protection, you should know that if you pack these items and they cause damage to your shipment or others, you, not your mover, may be held liable.

Lamps and Lampshades : Remove bulbs, harps and shades. Roll up cord. Pack lamps with bedding or wrap separately and place upright in clean, tissue-lined carton. Wrap harp and finial (decorative knob) with packing paper and tape to inside wall of carton that contains shade. Wrap shades in tissue, not newspaper. Place upright in large, tissue lined cartons.

Medicines : Seal caps with masking tape. Wrap and pack upright in small cartons. If needed during travel, carry with you.

Mirrors, Paintings and Pictures : Tell your agent about valuable paintings for special care. Wrap small mirrors, pictures, paintings, and frames and place on edge in cartons. Place large pictures and paintings on edge in heavy cardboard containers. Large wall or dresser mirrors will be taken down by the movers and placed in special cartons. For added safety, place tape diagonally across mirror to protect better against damage. Do not place newspaper directly against paintings.

Personal Computers and Video Recorders : Pack valuable electronic equipment in original cartons when available. Otherwise, use strong, corrugated cartons and place protective padding on the bottom of the carton. Wrap an old blanket or protective pad around the item and place it in its carton. Place additional padding between the carton and the computer or video recorder. Wrap cords separately, label to identify usage and place in a plastic bag away from delicate surfaces. Non-detachable cords should also be wrapped. Place cords between the padded computer or video recorder and the carton. Be sure your personal computer is “parked” and ready for transport.

Silverware : Wrap each piece in cloth or low sulfur content paper to prevent tarnishing. Use an old blanket or moving pad as a wrap to prevent scratching the silverware chest.

Tools : Drain fuel from power tools (do not ship Flammables under any circumstances). Pack tools in small, strong cartons. Wrap separately if valuable.

Waterbed Mattresses : Drain all water from the waterbed and, grasping internal baffle systems with external vinyl, fold mattress 20 inches at a time. Adjust folds to avoid making creases across individual baffles. Consult your owner’s manual for special instructions concerning the care and transportation of your mattress. Do not place your mattress in a carton with sharp or pointed objects.

Cars and Motorcycles : Cars and motorcycles shipped on the moving van should be drained nearly empty of fuel. Motorcycle batteries should be disconnected. Automobile antifreeze should be ample to protect against severe cold in winter.

Barbecue Grills and Propane Tanks : Wrap grates and briquettes separately in a newspaper (or place all briquettes into a grocery bag) and place parts in carton. Pad carton with paper to reduce movement of contents. Propane tanks must be drained before the move. Consult your local gas grill distributor for the safest method.

Standard Cargo 04/04/2021 : Standard Cargo is one of the market leaders when it comes to shipping goods by air.
Standard Cargo is one of the market leaders when it comes to shipping goods by air.
We are innovative logistics providers and can solve any task, transporting everything from parcels, packages, over size cargo live food cultures to the latest collections for fashion fairs.
Through our global strategic partners, we do air freight consolidation to many major cities worldwide, making it possible for us to offer exceptionally low rates for Airport to Airport, Door to Airport, and Door to Door delivery.

Standard Cargo 03/03/2021 : HOW TO AVOID EXTRA CHARGES IN FREIGHT SHIPPING-For small and medium sized business, warehouses...
For small and medium sized business, warehouses, manufacturers, distributors and importers, controlling freight shipping costs can be essential to maintaining the profitability of product lines, or even the success of the business itself. Following please find several essential steps to avoid extra surprise charges in freight shipping.
1. Always get fixed cost quotes in writing.
Before you allow the carrier or broker to dispatch the truck, be sure you have written terms from them that describe in full the load and include all fees. You will need this written document (clearly from them, in the form of an email, quote, or approved purchase order) in the event they overcharge you when invoicing. You never want to be in a position where any part of the pricing was based on a phone call, or your notes alone. How can you prove the carrier promised to deliver the load, all in, for the price you agreed to pay?
2. Have correct measurements and weight
The key to a valid fixed cost quote is accurate length, width, height and weight measurements. If the carrier shows up and your load is larger or heavier than anticipated, you will immediately pay more.
3. Understand your pickup and delivery locations, and any limitations
Make sure that the truck type you are ordering can reach the pickup and delivery locations. Can a 53′ truck make the turn in front of your facility? Can they pickup from your dock? Check yourself to make sure the carrier cannot classify either pickup or delivery as residential. Don’t misrepresent a residential location as commercial and hope the carrier won’t notice. Residential pickup or delivery will always cost more. You want to include this information in the original quote request so you find a carrier that offers the best rate for this special service as part of the original quote.
4. Understand if you need any special services, and make sure they are included in the quote
Special services include residential delivery/pickup, tailgate, scheduled time for pickup or delivery (as opposed to anytime during the specified pickup or delivery day), hazardous goods, shipment in bond, and others. Understand what each one means and make sure it is included in the original quote request. If you are not clear about the special services needed, the carrier will provide it anyway and bill you an uncontrolled rate. You want to know in advance exactly what special services you need so make sure they are included in the quote. Special services fees vary by carrier and you will use this information to get the best rate from the beginning.
5. If you are shipping cross border, get all customs paperwork prepared and forwarded to the carrier at the time of booking
Be sure to have a customs broker that can clear goods going into the country of delivery and get all paperwork complete before you contact the carrier or broker to arrange pickup. Ask your carrier or broker for a recommendation in advance if you don’t have a customs broker yet. You don’t want to leave this to the day of the shipment, because the load can be hung up in customs, costing you extra charges, delay and lots of stress.
6. Make sure you have pickup and delivery dates in writing
Part of the cost of each shipment is how fast it will be delivered. Don’t let brokers or carriers make promises only over the phone. Get the delivery dates as a firm part of the rate quote in writing. Also have a fallback plan in case weather or other events delay your shipment. Don’t plan for key displays for a trade show, for example, to arrive the morning of the show, or even the day before. Wherever possible build in an extra day or two for time critical shipments so an unexpected delay will not seriously hurt you.
7. Make sure all taxes and fuel surcharges are included in the quote
When you get your fixed cost quote, is it "all in"? Be sure that taxes and fuel surcharges are clearly stated, otherwise the final bill can easily be 20-40% higher when the carrier adds in these charges.
8. Make sure you have the insurance coverage you need
If you are shipping valuable freight, be sure to get extra insurance, and make sure all quotes clearly state this coverage and what it costs. Also check in advance with third parties to make sure the carrier or broker has a history of paying claims. Too many carriers and brokers have a policy of automatically denying any insurance claims, forcing shippers to sue in the event of damage. Make sure you are correctly covered by an insurance company, carrier or broker that will honor your claim.
9. Correctly package your load
Be sure to securely crate, package, plastic wrap or otherwise protect your load in advance. Most freight damage can be prevented by correct packaging, and you don’t want the stress and wasted time of damaged freight and the claims process. Take the time in advance to package the load correctly.
10. Get credit from your broker or carrier, but pay your invoices promptly when due
Most carriers and brokers offer credit terms. Ideally you should use these terms to finance your freight shipping, collecting from your customers for each load before you need to pay the freight bill. But be sure to pay the freight costs promptly when invoiced to avoid finance or collection fees.
11. Describe the load carefully so you get the correct trailer type
Be sure to carefully describe what you are shipping to the carrier or broker, so they dispatch the correct equipment. You don’t want them to show up with a van when you need a step-deck, for example, and you cannot be sure you are getting the best rate unless you know what equipment type you need. Just because a carrier has a excellent rate for one equipment type does not mean they have the best rates for any other.
12. If you need temperature control, be sure to state it upfront
If your shipment must remain frozen, is perishable, or cannot freeze (and is to be transported in northern US or Canada in the winter), don’t be tempted to cut costs, ship it in a van, and hope for the best. You don’t want your customers complaining of damaged goods because several weeks later they realize a perishable item was damaged in transit due to lack of climate control. Be sure to state your temperature control needs in writing, make sure the quote includes this service, and make sure this requirement is clearly stated on the Bill of Lading so all drivers understand and deliver this service.
13. Always check Google reviews on your carriers or brokers, and only work with highly rated companies
Unfortunately, problems frequently occur during freight shipping, even by the best companies, and you need customer support that answers the phone, cares about you, and will immediately help you get the load delivered on time despite any setbacks. Google reviews are the best indicator of how the carrier or broker will treat you if something goes wrong. Take the time to find a firm that reviewers verify has exceptional customer service, and be sure they are reviewing the company you will have to call, not a third party (some brokers will show customer reviews of the carriers they work with, which won’t help you because what what you need is reviews of the broker itself, who you have to call directly in the event of problems).
14. Be ready when the carrier shows up for pickup or delivery
This should be obvious, but is still a common cause of extra charges. If your load is not ready when the truck arrives, or you are not available to accept the shipment on the day it is planned for delivery, you will frequently pay extra charges for driver detention or the need to reschedule delivery. Wait until the load is completely ready to go before booking the shipment, and be sure the person responsible for receiving the freight has scheduled to have staff on site for the delivery day.
15. Make sure the rate quote is in your currency
Carriers serving North America can be based in the US, Canada or Mexico. Depending on the exchange rates, the rates can be much better (or worse) that they seem at first. Make sure that the quote is guaranteed in your currency. Otherwise you can be in for a bad shock when you get the bill and have to pay the fluctuating exchange rate, which can make the rate 40% or more higher than you expected.
16. Check multiple carriers to get the best rate
Freight rates are notoriously variable between carriers and brokers, and within the same carrier or brokerage house for different equipment types, origins, destinations and delivery times. One company will charge you several thousand dollars, and another will charge only $900 for exact same load, service level and delivery times. To avoid overpaying, always check the rates by consulting us  to make sure you are getting the best deal. Check back each time because new carriers are brought in regularly, and regional companies can offer rates a fraction of what other carriers charge for the exact load you are shipping now.

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Through our global strategic partners, we do air freight consolidation to many major cities worldwide, making it possible for us to offer exceptionally low rates for Airport to Airport, Door to Airport, and Door to Door delivery.


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