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5 Shipping Industry Facts You Might Not Know

The shipping industry is one we rarely think too much about, particularly, shipping by boat overseas. Have you ever found yourself wondering about how our complex and multi-layered delivery system gets items from country to country? Or perhaps you’ve driven past a shipping port recently and wondered what was in all of those containers. Here are some fascinating shipping industry facts that just might surprise you.

1. Almost 90% of everything we buy arrives by boat. There are also many goods for which parts arrive by boat and are assembled in the U.S. However, almost anything you can think of that we buy, from clothes to food to electronics to toys, has come to us by boat.

2. Pirates are real. Pirate attacks on shipping vessels has outpaced the rate of violent assaults in the country with the highest crime rate in the world (South Africa) for the last several years. The most dangerous area for pirate attacks is off the coast of Somalia, though pirate attacks happen all over the globe.

3. The shipping industry is extremely secretive. The ocean-faring sector of the shipping industry is intensely secretive. It is so secretive that most shipping companies and shipowner associations refuse to reveal how many shipping vessels they have or how many members are part of their organization. Even more, the tight-lipped nature of ocean/over-water shippers is regarded as normal. Though unconfirmed, one might assume this approach may be to avoid giving away details that could be used by pirates.

4. Shipping containers are rarely inspected. With so many different types of products coming into the country by boat in shipping containers, you might assume inspection would be rigorous to ensure nothing undocumented is making its way into the U.S. In reality, only about 5% of shipping containers arriving at U.S. ports are physically inspected. The inspection rates for most European ports are even lower.

5. The oceans are astronomic. The world’s oceans are so immense that the normal travels of the average container ship in a single year accrue the same mileage as the distance of going 3/4 of the way to the moon and back.

We may not often think about it, but the over-water sector of the shipping industry is more interesting than we realize. Traveling across the open seas, keeping watch for pirates and quite literally living by the code of “loose lips sink ships”, shipping vessels and their crews experience things many of us can’t even imagine. To learn more fascinating facts about shipping, check out the book Ninety Percent of Everything: Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry That Puts Clothes on Your Back, Gas in Your Car, and Food on Your Plate by Rose George.

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Tips For Packing Fragile Items

Whether you’re packing fragile items for an upcoming move or to ship to someone in another area, there are some tips we recommend to keep your fragile or breakable items safe during transport.

1. Take your time! Rushing could cause you to overlook something or skimp on cushioning that is needed to keep the item from shifting around during transport, making it more prone to breakage.

2. Choose the right box. For fragile items, it’s best to select a heavy-duty double-walled cardboard box that is the smallest possible size to properly fit your item. Boxes that are too large are more difficult to fill extra space in and can make your item more likely to move around inside the box while being transported.

3. Use the right packing supplies. For most fragile items, you’ll need bubble wrap, cushion foam sheets, newspaper, extra pieces of cardboard, painter’s tape, styrofoam frame protectors (corners), styrofoam blocks or wedges and old t-shirts or towels for extra protection.

4. Pack with weight in mind. For regular breakables like dishes, cups, thicker vases and other stoneware or glassware, always put the heaviest items on the bottom and lighter items on top, with an extra piece of cardboard in between. These types of items can usually be wrapped in newspaper or cushion foam sheets. Stick crumpled newspaper inside of cups and mugs and use newspaper, t-shirts or towels to fill any empty space and secure items to prevent them from moving. Make sure to mark on the outside of the box which side is the top.

5. Extra fragile items require extra packing. Very delicate or fragile items such as thin glass vases or fine china require a bit of extra packing to protect them properly during transport. First, avoid multiple layers of items, if possible. Tuck crumpled newspaper inside vases or any open space inside items and then wrap a layer of either newspaper or cushion foam sheet around the outside of the item and secure with a piece of tape. Next, wrap a second layer around the item using bubble wrap, taking care around edges and corners. If multiple fragile items will be in the same box, wrap each with old t-shirts or towels before placing into the box to keep items from banging against each other. Ensure all spaces are filled and the items are secure within the box and don’t move around before you seal it.

6. Pack mirrors and pictures as fragile items. Mirrors and pictures with glass should be packed as fragile items. First, take strips of painter’s tape and tape the front of the glass picture or mirror in a diagonal, corner-to-corner manner. The tape should form a star or asterisk shape, similar to the way a cut pizza looks. Wrap the item in foam cushion or newspaper and follow with a layer of bubble wrap. Use styrofoam corners and wedges to protect corners and delicate edges. Pack into a box specifically made for mirrors and pictures and use old t-shirts or towels to fill empty space and keep the items from moving.

If you have questions or need assistance with packing fragile items to prevent breakage during transport, ShipOnSite can help! We’re experts in packing all kinds of items and can help ensure your item is packed right.

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Ground Shipping VS. Air Shipping

The difference between ground shipping and air shipping is something most people don’t think too much about. However, these two shipping methods have some surprising differences when it comes to cost, speed of shipment, security, destination and the size and type of shipments handled. Let’s take a closer look:

Air shipping is when your package is loaded onto a cargo plane and flown to the intended destination. Aside from a cargo ship (boat), air shipping is the only other shipping method for shipments that cross oceans or seas. Typically, packages are flown direct to the intended destination city non-stop (or closest airport), which makes it faster than ground shipping. And because airports are involved and there are less people and stops, air shipping generally has tighter security and less worry about tampering or theft of packages.

Faster delivery and more security does add cost, making air shipping more expensive in most cases vs. ground shipping. Air shipping can also experience significant delays due to weather, and depending on how extreme the weather event is, those delays can be anywhere from a few hours to several days. Winter weather isn’t the only weather woe that impacts air shipping, hurricanes, tornadoes, sand storms, wildfires and flooding can also keep planes grounded at their gates.

Ground shipping is when your package is transported to the intended destination via truck. Ground shipping is generally less expensive and can transport even very large items, such as cars, which are too large and heavy for air shipping. Ground shipping is limited to places where trucks can actually drive to, which rules out overseas destinations. Ground shipping also takes longer as it’s common for trucks to have multiple stops to unload or pick up packages at various destinations along the route. With more stops and more people potentially having access to packages during transit, ground shipping is also less secure and carries a greater risk of theft or package tampering.

Lower cost is the trade-off for longer shipping time, however, weather-related delays are often shorter for trucks than for planes. As soon as roads are safe to drive on, trucks keep on trucking, whereas planes have to wait until the weather for the entire flight plan is clear enough for safe arrival at the intended destination. Trucks can also be delayed by accidents, unexpected road closures and detours, however, most drivers are experts at navigating such issues as quickly as possible.

Both air shipping and ground shipping have pros and cons regarding cost, security, destination, speed of delivery and the types of items that can be shipped. Understanding the difference in these two shipping methods and the trade-offs of each give you the information you need to choose the option that best meets your needs. And of course, ShipOnSite is always available to answer your questions about the best shipping choices for your items.

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The 411 On Holiday Shipping: Dates & Tips To Remember

The holidays are quickly approaching and it’s a good idea to plan ahead for shipping gifts or items to family or for receiving ordered gifts before Christmas for your friends and family in Myrtle Beach. Planning ahead helps you make sure items get where you need them on time and avoid increased fees from shipping carriers as the holidays get closer.

Shipping Deadlines for Major Carriers
The three most common carriers have already released their deadlines for holiday shipping.  It’s important to remember that the holiday shipping volume can affect the delivery times for your shipments.   So the earlier you ship, the better off you are in ensuring that your packages arrive before the ‘Big Day’.

Let’s take a look at those deadlines for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), FedEx and UPS.  Ship by the dates below to ensure your item arrives on time:

December 15, 2017: Standard Mail Parcel Post
December 20, 2017: First Class Mail and Priority Mail
December 23, 2017: Priority Express Mail and Packages

December 12, 2017: Smart Post Shipments
December 17, 2017: Ground Delivery and Home Delivery
December 20, 2017: Express Save Shipments
December 22, 2017: 2-Day and 2-Day Morning Shipments
December 23, 2017: Shipments using Standard Overnight, Priority Overnight, and First Overnight
December 25, 2017: Same Day Shipments

December 18, 2017: 3-Day Select Shipments
December 22, 2017: 2nd Day Air Shipments
December 23, 2017: Next Day Air Shipments

Reminder: Many shipping companies increase fees during the frantic shipping rush leading up to Christmas, and the closer to the holiday, the greater the increases. For example, UPS will begin adding surcharges to shipments as early as November 19, 2017. FedEx and USPS haven’t yet released their price increase info as of this writing. To avoid surcharges and higher shipping fees, plan ahead to get your out-of-area packages mailed out as early as possible.

Holiday Shipping Tips
With so many packages crisscrossing the country and even overseas, there are some tips to keep in mind during the holiday shipping season.

1. Don’t wait until the last minute! Not only will you be navigating shipping deadlines and dealing with increased costs, but you’ll also deal with more people and longer lines, depending on shipping method.

2. Pack box contents tightly. With so many items being shipped this time of year, packages are more likely to get jostled around more in the hustle and bustle of moving more shipments in such a short time frame. Be extra careful with breakables and be sure to wrap them in paper or foam cushion sheets first, then follow with a wrapping of bubble wrap. Use styrofoam inserts, crumpled paper and other fillers to ensure all items in the package are secure and don’t shift around inside the box. Shifting during shipment can cause breakage and damage to fragile items.

3. Pack with weather and the season in mind. The weather may be great where you live but if your package is going to Montana or Ohio, the weather may not be so good when the package arrives. Securely tape your package on both top and bottom (be sure to tape over corners where damage often happens). Also, just in case the address information on the package gets wet or damaged, include an extra address label with both the destination address and return address inside the box right on top before you tape it up.

You spend time and thought choosing just the right gifts for your loved ones. Follow our holiday tips and keep shipping deadlines in mind to ensure your gift arrives in perfect condition and on time.  ShipOnSite is always here to help!

South Carolina Cares for Puerto Rico Humanitarian Relief

**Media – Press Release – September 29, 2017**

ShipOnSite is launching a Humanitarian Donation Drive for our American Citizens of Puerto Rico.

A U.S. Territory located in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico has suffered catastrophic damage to its infrastructure and power grid, with loss of life.  Hurricane’s Irma (Cat 3) and Maria (Cat 4) made landfall within two weeks of each other during the month of September 2017.  The Governor of Puerto Rico estimates that it could take 4-6 months for the U.S. Territory to get the island’s power grid back to operating at pre-hurricane levels.  The rest of the damage to Puerto Rico’s infrastructure is still being assessed by FEMA.

ShipOnSite has registered and is coordinating this relief effort with the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA).   We have advised them that we will collect certain items to assist the citizens of Puerto Rico.  This will enable them to plan on the distribution of the donations with the specific needs of the people.

A flyer will be circulated to the Grand Strand Media outlets and businesses, so donors have the information on what we’re requesting and where they can drop off their donations.

Humanitarian Drive Information:

This humanitarian drive will be called “SC Cares for Puerto Rico” (#sccares4pr) and will go through the month of October, 2017.  This drive will assist the American Citizens of Puerto Rico with some of the day to day essentials needed to live, while the island begins to recover from these devastating hurricanes.

ShipOnSite, a local shipping company has organized and will manage the packaging and ocean freight shipment of donated items from the Grand Strand.  Individuals and businesses that would like to donate, can do so by dropping off their donation(s) at the following locations:

  • ShipOnSite: 8703 Hwy 17 Bypass South, Suite M, Surfside Beach, SC 29575
  • Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union: Locations in Horry/Georgetown counties.

Donation items requested at this time include:

Baby Food
& no glass)
Baby Formula Baby Diapers Baby Wipes

Adult Diapers


 Tooth Paste  Tooth Brushes  Hand Soap
Feminine Hygiene Products Bottled Water Toilet Paper &
Paper Towels
Hand Sanitizers

Checks can be made to ‘SC Cares for Puerto Rico’.

A special thank you to the following organizations for assisting in organizing the drive.

  • Carolina Cool: Has provided ShipOnSite with the warehouse space to package and palletize the donations.
  • Easy Radio 105.9/100.7 & The Tide 94.5: These two local radio stations are scheduling several remote ‘Live On Air’ drives and have donated ‘air time’ to the relief efforts.
  • Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union: Has provided their locations as a drop-off site for ‘Material Donations’ and will manage any cash donations associated with this drive.

Established in 2007, ShipOnSite is a full service shipping center, offering packaging, crating, palletizing, and shipping services via all the common carriers.  ShipOnSite has assisted and organized large humanitarian shipments from the Grand Strand to U.S. Citizens that have been affected by natural and human disasters, including; Citizens in Flint, Michigan – lead water contamination, 2015 Louisiana Flood Victims,  2016 West Virginia Flood Victims.

Feel free to contact Frank Espinal, Owner & General Manager of ShipOnSite at 843-215-5508 ext 6, with any questions pertaining to this Press Release and/or the ‘SC Cares for Puerto Rico’ humanitarian drive.  Updates on our progress with this humanitarian effort can be viewed on our Facebook page and Twitter feeds.

 **End of Press Release**