A Comprehensive Guide on Hiring Professional Crating Services

Do you wish to ship a crate with the help of professional movers like us? Regardless of whether you need to ship fragile and valuable items or transport large equipment, crate shipping is undeniably an amazing option.  

You should ensure the safe arrival of your items, that too intact. As we also provide equipment crating services, in this article, we’ll let you know everything you should be aware of regarding packing crates for shipping, crate shipping rates, and more. 

Is It Wise to Hire Crate Shipping? 

A crate is a four-sided shipping container for transporting heavy or large items. Made from a plethora of various materials, crates include metal, wood, and plastic. However, the commonest are wooden crates.  

There are pros and cons to crate shipping. One of the major benefits is that hiring our crate shipping to transport your goods will ensure the safety, security, and protection of your items as crates can handle a huge amount of weight. 

It’s also a reasonably cost-effective shipping option to transport heavy machinery in particular. Crates can easily be stacked on top of one another, making them perfect for the storage and transportation of multiple crate shipments. 

Having said that, there are some disadvantages of crate shipping as well, including the extra costs and weight. Many types of wood are costly. Accordingly, crate shipping may become expensive quickly. But you should remember that low-quality wood may contain pests or toxins to damage your products. Most importantly, crates can take up a lot of space. 

So how could you conclude whether crate shipping is the best option for you? It’s ideally the most appropriate method to ensure the items you’re transporting are as safe and secure as possible. Our suggestion as a professional machinery moving service provider is to hire crate shipping while transporting anything that is extremely heavy, sensitive, fragile, or uniquely shaped. That way, you can ensure that you can prevent any damage to your items.  

Everything You Need to Know About Shipping a Crate 

The most important things you’ll have to know are where to get a crate, as well as how to pack and ship it.   

Where to Get the Crate? 

Maximum crating or shipping companies like us provide you with a crate to ship your items. We might even customize the shipping crate or container according to your items or needs.  

We suggest that you choose a company like us as we have an excellent customer experience and reputation. Before hiring any company, always read the reviews and see how the company responded to any negative reviews. You need to choose the right shipping company if your primary aim is the protection of your belongings, as the wrong choice may cause damage.  

How to Pack the Crate? 

Our advice while packing your crate is to wrap every item in plastic, bubble wrap, or paper for their protection. This will prevent scratches or breakage during their transportation.  

Additionally, line your crate with foam padding. Fill up the crate entirely with paper, packing peanuts, and similar materials for the protection of your items. Always use the best quality packing materials as it’s worth the extra cost.  

How to Ship the Crate? 

Once you’re prepared to ship your crate, ensure that you place your shipping labels at eye level in prominent areas on the crate. This is applicable for both a small shipping crate as well as a large one.  

The significance of these shipping labels is that they provide relevant information regarding the items you’re shipping. If there are any fragile or breakable items, place fragile shipping labels on certain spots outside of the shipping crate. This will indicate that they should be handled with utmost care.  

All of the information on your crate will inform the shipping company about the ways to handle the shipping container. Accordingly, you should ensure that you make it obvious what needs special handling.  

How Much Does Crate Shipping Cost? 

Your crate shipping quote will rely on multiple factors, as wooden crates are usually personalized based on your items, shipping conditions, and needs. There are multiple ways to estimate the cost of your shipping crate. Our recommendation is to hire a professional shipping company like ours.  

Even if you transport the smallest items in a crate, then it may approximately cost $50 to $100. However, larger items can cost you several hundred dollars.   

When you ship overseas, there’s every possibility that you need to pay duties, which are fees imposed on imported merchandise by customs. The amount you may have to pay in duties is dependent on the gross weight and value of the item. You’ll be responsible to pay any duties, taxes, and fees associated with shipping your crate. 


The most appropriate solution for you is hiring professional machinery movers in Los Angeles like us. We can guide you regarding every step. Get in touch with us for more assistance. 


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