Crating is a shipping method used for items that are very heavy, fragile, unique or of high value, such as artwork or antiques. When done properly, crating helps protect your items from damage. ShipOnSite is the only certified crating shipper in Myrtle Beach and on the Grand Strand. Depending on the item being shipped and where it is being shipped to, your crating provider must ensure your crate packaging meets certain standards, and is the right type of crating solution for your item. Let’s take a closer look.
Types of Crates and Crating Options
There are three main types of crates or crating options: full crate, skeleton crate or palletized crating.
- Full Crate – A full crate, also called a solid crate, is constructed of panels of wood to fully enclose the item. Some full crate providers do have options for a small hinged door to allow the shipper or customer to look inside to check on the item.
- Skeleton Crate – A skeleton crate may also be called a slat crate. With this crating option, the item is typically packaged with cardboard or plastic first, and a framework or protective skeleton of wood is built around the item to further protect it during transport.
- Palletized Crating – Palletized crating is most commonly used for shipments where multiple items need to be shipped together. The items are first packaged with cardboard or hard plastic and then combined onto one pallet (or set of pallets), where they are banded together and shrink-wrapped to keep them from being separated during shipping.
Crating for International Shipments
If the items you need to have crated will be shipping to a non-U.S. location, there are additional standards your crating must meet to be allowed through customs for international shipping. In particular, the wood crating materials must meet ISPM-15 (International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures No. 15), a standard defined by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC). The purpose of the standard is to prevent the spread of plant pests and diseases to other plant ecosystems in other countries. All wooden packaging or crating materials must be de-barked and either heat treated or treated with methyl bromide. Properly treated wood is then stamped according to current requirements so that customs inspectors can easily verify that wooden crates and containers are ISPM-15 compliant.
ISPM-15 compliance is not required for domestic shipments within the U.S. or for shipments going to and from U.S. territories, such as Puerto Rico. However, if your item is being shipped outside of the U.S. and your crating shipper does not use the properly treated and certified wood materials, this will result in your shipment being rejected at customs. Certified crating shippers are experts on this and other requirements for international crating and shipping.
Working with an experienced and reliable crating shipper, such as ShipOnSite of Myrtle Beach, not only ensures that your items are crated properly, using the best crating option to keep your item safe from damage, but also ensures that the proper standards are met for international shipments so your item breezes through customs inspections and moves along to the intended destination.