SHIPPING FRAGILE ITEMS WITH USHIP in Canada
When you're transporting fragile items like antiques, glassware and other delicate items, having the peace of mind that they're in good hands is of utmost importance. With uShip, you'll get help shipping your fragile items with rates from feedback-rated transporters. We're here to helpduring every step of the process.
It's easy to find the best shipping rate for your fragile items using the uShip marketplace. You'll start by creating a fragile items shipment listing , where you'll describe the item or items that need to be transported, and describing the timeframe you need. From there, experienced transporters will submit quotes to compete for your business. As you review the quotes, you can talk directly with these transporters and review their past shipments to help you decide on the right transporter.
HOW TO SHIP FRAGILE ITEMS in Canada
With uShip, shipping fragile items is as easy as 1, 2, 3!
1 | CREATE YOUR FRAGILE ITEM SHIPMENT LISTING
Decide on your timeframe, as well as your pick up and delivery locations. You'll also need to know the dimensions and weight of your fragile item; taking photos is recommended so that the transporter can plan accordingly for your item. Include as much detail as possible in the listing, including any special care instructions the item requires. The more accurate you make your listing, the more accurate the quotes you receive will be.
2 | CHOOSING THE BEST SHIPPER FOR FRAGILE ITEMS
When your listing goes live, you'll begin to receive competing quotes, which will ensure you get the lowest possible rate. When the quotes come in, you should review the transporters who are submitting them, and take the time to talk directly to them to get to know them. Ask them about their experience with shipping fragile items or antiques like yours.
Every fragile item shipping company that is submitting quotes to you has their own uShip profile, with details about their past special care item shipping transactions, customer feedback and safety information. Review this information carefully, as well as the insurance coverage listed on their profile.. Armed with this information, you should feel confident in choosing the right carrier for your job..
3 | FRAGILE ITEM SHIPPING & DELIVERY
Once you've chosen a transporter, you'll be put into contact with them to cover details and plans for the fragile item delivery. Your fragile item shipping carrier is experienced in these shipments, so you should work closely with them to understand how to package your item for maximum protection. Together, you'll work out pickup and delivery times and locations, as well as share any third party contact information and agree on payment. Don't forget – we're here to help before, during and after your fragile items journey.
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HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO SHIP FRAGILE ITEMS in Canada?
The average cost of shipping fragile items and antiques depends on the size of the item, distance to be travelled, the price of fuel, and any additional services needed to ensure safe transport. On average, the cost to ship special care items is $1.97 per km under 100 km and $0.52 per km under 1000 km.
For a more in-depth look at the cost of shipping your fragile items, you can review our cost to ship ship special care items page where you'll see real fragile item shipments completed in the past through the uShip marketplace.
PREPARE FRAGILE ITEMS FOR SHIPMENT
Unsurprisingly, improper packaging is the #1 source of damage to fragile items during shipping. Luckily, with careful planning, you can generally prevent damage. If you're shipping artwork, consider constructing a simple box to protect it, or you can choose to buy a specially made art shipping box. If it's glassware or other breakable materials you're sending, properly wrap each item, giving plenty of padding for each, and consider asking the transporter for any expert tips. Check out our Fragile Shipping Guide for more insider tips on packaging your breakables.
If you are shipping antiques, choosing the right special items transporter is as important as how you prepare and package the piece. With furniture, it’s important to provide enough time for shipment preparations and the actual shipment. You should communicate any special needs to your service provider.
If you're hoping to move a piano or move a pool table, you should use pros dedicated to these items. Because of the size and weight of these items, and their sensitivity to minor improper movements, you should consider white gloves servicefor these valuable items. .