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Cheapest Way to Ship Heavy Items

February 4, 2019
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Finding the cheapest way to ship heavy items can seem like a daunting task. In addition to the shipping cost itself, you need to consider the packaging method. Using cheap packaging materials can lead to your heavy items damaged while being shipped. It’s important to balance the safety and security of your heavy items with the cost.  

Using a wooden shipping crate is often the cheapest way to ship heavy items. Shipping your items via wooden crate will reduce the liability of your shipment which decreases the overall cost. Renting or purchasing a crate is a cost-effective option for shipping. When deciding where to rent or buy a crate from, there are important details to consider.

What Role Does Freight Class Play

What Role Does Freight Class Play?

Typically, the cost to ship your freight is determined by the freight class of your shipment. The National Motor Freight Traffic Classification (NMFC) sets these standards. Products are assigned a freight class number between 50 and 500 based on four components of an item: density, handling, stowability, and liability. Products with a high number cost more to ship, while lower numbers cost less.

When shipping with a wooden crate though, you pay a flat rate instead of a rate based on freight class. Since the crate positively affects the handling, stowability, and liability of your shipment it reduces the chance that it will be damaged. This gives carriers greater confidence that your shipment will be safe, reducing shipping cost.

You can build the shipping crates yourself, but many shippers opt to rent the crates from a company that also manages the shipping process. You Crate offers this combination service and is able to pass these savings on to you.

How You Crate Lets You Ship Heavy Items Cheap

When you’re looking to ship a package, especially a heavy and oversized one, you’ll find lots of services offered by many shipping carriers. You Crate’s services are unique: Not only does You Crate provide shipping services via R+L Carriers, but packaging and crating services are the main course on the services menu.

With You Crate, a commercial shipping crate is delivered when you need it. Crates can arrive where ever you need them within 24-48 hours. You can assemble and pack your crate on your time, and when you’re ready, a R+L Carriers truck will pick up the crate for delivery. Crate assembly takes less than 5 minutes. See our YouTube video below to see just how easy it is.

The crate is then picked up from the receiver to be reused, so they don’t have to deal with disposing or storage of the wooden shipping crate. Delivery time and shipping costs vary based on where the item is going, but remain competitive thanks to the streamlined processes.

You Crate is a perfect solution for shipping heavy items including:

  • Artwork, including heavy sculptures
  • Store fixtures
  • Trade show booths and display
  • Fitness equipment
  • Electronics
  • Medical equipment
  • Furniture

Basically if an item will fit in a crate, You Crate can help you ship it. You Crate offers two sizes of crates to meet your needs: A cube and a tower. The cube crate measures 46” x 46” x 47” and can hold up to 2,000 lbs in weight. The tower crate measures 46” x 46” x 80” and can hold up to 1,250 lbs. Both crates fit on a standard pallet base to make moving them simple.

If your heavy items don’t fit within either of our standard sizes, no worries. Our team is equipped to build a custom shipping crate for you. No matter the size or shape of your heavy items, we’ll find a crating solution that works.

To read about why working with You Crate is a great option for shipping some of the products listed above, check out our other articles: Crates For Shipping Art, How To Ship Medical Equipment, Packing Gym Equipment For The Move.

How Do I Ship Heavy Items Internationally

How Do I Ship Heavy Items Internationally?

Using a wooden shipping crate is still a viable option when shipping internationally. However, there are some important details to consider when doing this.

When shipping heavy items internationally, be sure that your wood shipping crate meets ISPM-15 standards. This standard requires wood products shipped to select countries meet specific criteria and be ISPM-15 certified. Your shipment may be subject to other regulations as well depending on the products that you’re shipping.

Thankfully, the international shipping crates available through You Crate are ISPM-15 certified. This ensures that your shipment won’t be slowed down while leaving the U.S. and entering another country. It is important to note that when using our crates to ship internationally, you are required to purchase the crate. Luckily, we’re still able to keep your cost low thanks to our varied service approach.

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You Crate’s partnership with R+L Carriers means you’ll have help with other important details related to international shipping. This includes getting your items through customs, selecting the best international carriers, and more.

You can be confident that shipping your heavy items internationally will be a breeze when working with You Crate and R+L Carriers.

Advantages of Working with You Crate

You’ll find many reasons why working with You Crate and R+L Carriers is right for your business and shipping needs. In addition to offering efficient and cost effective services, You Crate and R+L Carriers are prepared to provide:

  • More than 60 years of combined experience in the crating and logistics industries
  • Crates are easy to assemble and disassemble
  • Crates have built-in tie down hooks to secure your heavy or oversized item
  • Online payment systems makes purchasing the use of the crate and shipping easy
  • Shipping rates are broken down by zone and simple to understand
  • The crates are returned and reused, which helps reduce the carbon footprint in the logistics industry

You Crate also offers a white glove service that should be strongly considered if you’re working with an especially difficult to handle shipment. This service gives you peace of mind knowing that your shipment will receive the extra care and handling that it needs.

When you’re looking for the cheapest way to ship a heavy item, consider You Crate. As a leading crate shipping company, You Crate is committed to handling your heavy and oversized items with ease. When you take advantage of You Crate services, you are in charge. Pack your crate on your own time. Seek our white glove services if you need help. If you need a crating and shipping company that can move anything, anytime, anywhere, let You Crate be your solution. Call today at  877-558-2580 or reach out online to get started with You Crate services.

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