Craters & Freighters is America's leading specialty crating company. Most pack and ship companies have weight and size limitations. They also can't offer crating and container options for high value, heavy, fragile and unique items. Craters & Freighters offers crating solutions for of the above!
Craters & Freighters' crates are designed to meet your item's needs. We consider many factors when deigning our crates including weight, dimensions, value, fragility and final destination requirements. Our team of experts then goes to work on building a crate that best suits the item. Your item may require a rugged wood crate or lighter packaging such as a custom corrugated box.
What's Inside Our Crates
Inside our crates and boxes, you'll find custom packaging, blocking and bracing. These critical elements insure your item arrive safe, damage free and on time. In other words, we don't simply place your item in a crate of box. We take careful consideration into the best packaging and crating methods available for the item.
The cast majority of our items we professionally package are unique, large, fragile and very expensive. Depending on the product, Craters & Freighters of Phoenix identifies and implements a variety of packing and security methods designed with product safety as our top priority.Read More Request an Estimate
Craters & Freighters Phoenix has over two decades of experience of conservation handling preparation and packaging of items such as paintings, paper, stone, plaster, furniture, wood objects, textiles, and other materials, to meet museum and conservation standards; in order to protect the items during storage, handling and transportation.Read More Request an Estimate
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Craters & Freighters Phoenix can build custom wood pallets and skids for just about anything that needs to be transported Decks and pallets are affordable alternative to wood crates for items that don't require more extensive packaging.
Custom Wood Pallets
A pallet is a platform supported by two or more parallel runners that elevate the platform for lifting with mechanical equipment. A deck differs from a pallet in that it is generally higher and does not have additional cross members and stingers as support beneath the runners. Decks are used to support the load and assist with storage, handling and transportation.
Custom Wood Decks
A deck is a platform supported by two or more parallel runners that elevate the platform for lifting with mechanical equipment. A deck differs from a pallet in that is generally higher and does not have additional cross members and stringers as support beneath the runners. Decks are used to support the load and assist with storage, handling and transportation.
There are many factors to consider when packaging and crating for international shipments. Many foreign countries require that all crates made out of wood being shipped from the U.S be heat treated to reduce the risk of pest infestation. These crates require an approved stamp known as the " bug stamp" or ISPM-15 mark, certifying the crate meets international shipping standards. However, just because heat-treated lumber is used to build a wood crate doesn't mean that it is certified for international export.
That's Where we come in!
Craters & Freighters Phoenix can assist you with all aspects of export crate building. Rely on our team of experts to handle all the details. Look inside for more information on all our international crating services.
Craters & Freighters Phoenix is the leading expert in packaging and crating items for international export from the US. Each one of our locations has extensive knowledge on ISPM-15 wood crating, undergoes monthly inspections, and is required to document all incoming and outgoing wood type from their warehouse.
Each Crates & Freighters Phoenix location has a unique bug stamp number they are required to use on all international wood crates shipping from their warehouse. Once the crate arrives at a foreign port, authorities can trace the crate back to the origin US location to confirm the crate wood compliant. Because we are certified and have two decades of experience in customs clearance, our crates deliver without incident.
Do your wood crates pass the test? If they don't, foreign authorities have the right to fumigate or destroy your shipment without notification.
We understand that exported wood crates need special attention. We have dock to port and dock to door solutions to accomplish the most complicated international shipping job with ease!
Please read the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's Bug Stamp FAQs.
From the US Department of Agriculture website:
International Standards for Phytosanitary Measure No. 15 require all solid wood packing materials to be heat treated and stamped with an official mark. ISPM 15 requirements apply to all hardwood and softwood (coniferous and non-coniferous) packaging materials. The standard does not apply to wood packaging made wholly of manufactured wood products such as plywood, particle board, oriented strand board, or products created using glue, heat and pressure or a combination of these.
The second alternative, Fumigation with Methyl Bromide (MB), while still acceptable is being phased out because of environmental reasons. The fumigator must be registered in the program in order to issue the ALSC Quality Mark.
Important note to exporters: ISPM15 requirements apply to all coniferous (softwood )and non-coniferous (hardwood) packing materials including dunnage. U.S Inspection Agencies control the issuance of the ALSC Quality Mark and the presence of the Quality Mark ensures WPM produced in the U.S and destined for export meets the importing countries regulations.
Trading partners are adopting the ISPM15 in their import regulations. As the National Plant Protection Organizations of the United States, the United States Department of Agriculture, in coordination with the wood packaging material industry, has developed an export program to guarantee compliance with the import requirement of trading countries. The program insures certified treatment and marking of wood packaging material for international trade, while maintaining traceability of the packaging material. The integrity of the program is dependent upon industries compliance.