8 Areas to Consider When You’re Prepping Your Products to Ship

December 12, 2019 | Posted in Company News & Updates

You’ve worked hard to create a product that customers want, and sales are climbing each day. None of that is worth it, though, if the products arrive at the customer’s location broken, damaged or late. Properly crating and packaging your products is one of the most important functions in a successful business — and one that is unfortunately often overlooked.

On-time delivery of products, the way the customer ordered, is pivotal to good business practices. Whether you’re new to the world of shipping or are looking to improve such a vital part of your success, you’ll want to take these points into consideration.

Standards for Crating and Packaging

You rarely hear of a great shipping experience. Packaging and crating, when done correctly, should be an afterthought for the average consumer. One reason this might happen is that the shipping company followed a standard or form. The most common standard is the ASTM-D-3951, created by ASTM International. This document spells out the industry standards for commercial packaging. You’ll find everything from one-time shipments to multiple handlings, shipments via water or air and preparing your unit for indoor storage for up to one year.

Standards for International Shipping

Countries and governments typically adopt existing standards, like the ASTM-D-3951, rather than creating their own. Companies are more likely to have variations of standards because their packaging specifications are designed for their products and customers.

Review the ISPM-15 for the globally recognized requirements for wood materials thicker than six mm used for international shipping. The standard’s wheat stamp, or mark of compliance, must be visible, or customs for the receiving country can seize and store the package.

Standards for Transportation in and out of the Warehouse

Common sense says you should place the crate (or other container) on a pallet before moving it. Using dirty or worn crates or crates with unevenly distributed weight can not only damage your products but can also be a safety hazard.

ASTM standards D-6039, D-6179, D-6199, D-6255 and D-7478 all spell out the specifications for crates of different materials, from open and covered wood crates to steel or aluminum slotted angle crates. These standards cover inside and outside handling.

In most cases, companies have a set of handling standards unique to their business, plant layout, staffing and experience.

Steps to Take Before Packaging Your Product for Shipping

Packaging goes beyond the box and filler. Having the project information upfront is key to determining the appropriate packaging. Some of the details you’ll need include:

  • The destination of the package.
  • The mode of shipping.
  • The mode of handling the crate, typically a crane or forklift.
  • The storage facility and length of time the package will be stored.

The answers to these points will determine how you should pack and preserve your product.

Services and Departments Involved in Handling and Shipping

Full and proper crating and packaging pulls in the expertise of many departments.

  • Warehousing, as goods can be crated before the product is warehoused or after they are picked up and prepared for shipment.
  • Logistics will coordinate the production, packaging or crating, and shipping, and will then track the shipment.
  • Shipping makes sure everything is ready when the transportation arrives for the products.

Products or Goods Suitable for Crating

Nothing is too big or too small for crating and packaging experts like AW2 Logistics. Small parts can be consolidated and packaged inside a larger tote or crate, with a detailed packing list, so the customer knows exactly where to find each product. This reduces waste and cuts expenses.

Equipment or large products that exceed the average crane capacity are no problem, either. AW2 will use an external rigger, along with the proper hardwood and hybrid timber materials for the unit’s exact size and weight.

Benefits of Working with a Professional Packaging Company Like AW2 Logistics

As a third-party logistics solutions specialist, the staff at AW2 have experience in both domestic and export crating. Send them the information about the package, destination, shipping, handling and storage, and they will custom design a packaging solution for your product or project.

If you have a larger “Break Bulk” piece, AW2 will give you the exact specifications and pricing for inland transportation permits. Two inches of packaging can lead to exponentially higher prices for your oversize permits.

Industries That Benefit from Crating Services with AW2

While AW2 Logistics can work with any product, in any industry, staff specialize in crating and packaging for the following industries:

-Aerospace.

-Mining.

-Power generation.

-Healthcare.

Working with AW2 Logistics for your next crating and packaging project saves you from researching and meeting shipping standards, creating extra work for a variety of departments and unnecessary waste. Contact us to learn more about our services.

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