It’s no secret that shipments are often damaged due to being mishandled during the transport process. One way to protect your cargo is to crate it. Crating freight offers undeniable protection when it comes to shipping furniture, machinery, auto parts, and other fragile items. In this guide, you will learn how to properly crate your freight and then ship it using uShip’s LTL freight services.
How to Ship a Crate
To get started, you will need to find a suitable crate for your freight. You can do this one of three ways – purchase a pre-made crate, build a custom wooden crate, or hire a crating company. That said, it is typically cheaper to build your own opposed to hiring an outside company or purchasing one.
While crating your shipment will protect your items, it will yield better results if you pack it properly. To ensure maximum protection when shipping a crate:
- Pack crates as full as possible to prevent additional movement during transport.
- Pack heavier items on the bottom of the crate and place lighter items at the top.
- Use packing material to fill excess space inside of the crate.
- Individually wrap items before crating. This adds an extra layer of protection.
- Clearly label the crate. You will want to mark which end is upright and whether or not the freight it fragile.
- Use clear tape to attach the packing slip and bill of lading to the crate.
How Much Does it Cost to Transport a Crate?
The price of shipping a crate depends on several different factors:
- Dimensions: The length, width, and height contribute to the cost of shipping a crate. Be sure to pack your crate efficiently.
- Transport Type: The type of service you select to transport your freight will attribute to the total shipping cost.
- Weight: The total weight, including the crate, is a price factor. Be sure to use only the necessary amount of material to build your crate.
- Distance: Typically, the further your crate needs to travel, the higher the price.
- Location: The pickup and delivery location type is a major factor when it comes to the cost of shipping a crate. If you are not shipping dock to dock, expect higher fees for additional services. Alternatively, you can ship terminal to terminal.
- Time: Regular crate shipments can take anywhere between 2-7 days to be delivered. However, if you have time to spare, use a consolidated LTL carrier. While delivery tends to take between 1-3 weeks, the prices are dramatically cheaper.
Are you ready to get free crate shipping quotes from top-rated LTL carriers? If so, go ahead and fill out uShip’s LTL freight form. From there, you will receive instant rates from multiple crate shipping companies. If you are happy with the prices, you can book right away. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.