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Ship Durable Medical Equipment

February 26, 2019
Laura Isaacs
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When you ship durable medical equipment, you need to work with care and attention. Moving durable medical equipment comes with two requirements: It needs to move quickly and it needs to arrive intact. A crating and shipping partner like You Crate can help you meet these requirements. By letting You Crate be your packing and shipping partner, you are getting top-quality service honed in to the specific and delicate needs that come with moving durable medical equipment.

Durable medical equipment is sensitive health care equipment and requires care in shipping. When you ship durable medical equipment with You Crate, you are getting more than 60 years of combined crating and logistics experience. Put this expertise to work and learn how to ship durable medical equipment.

What is Durable Medical Equipment?

Durable medical equipment, often called DME, are devices or equipment prescribed or ordered by a doctor. Durable medical equipment might include insulin pumps, wheelchairs, crutches, ventilators and traction equipment. To qualify as DME, an item must be:

  • Used for a medical reason
  • Only useful when one has an illness, disability, impairment or injury
  • Prescribed or ordered by a doctor
  • Reusable and can stand repeated use
  • Used at the patient’s home

In many cases, insurance companies and Medicare/Medicaid will cover DME is certain qualifications are met. These qualifications include:

  • FDA approval for prescribed use
  • Durable and able to withstand recurring use
  • Main use is for a medical reason
  • Appropriate for use in the home
  • Is necessary for the treatment of your illness, injury or disability
  • Can help with daily activities like eating, dressing, grooming, going to the bathroom and bathing

Durable medical equipment is essential for care and recovery and can be some of the most sensitive health care related products. This means DME and related products and supplies need to ship safely and securely.

How to Ship Durable Medical Equipment

When it comes to shipping durable medical equipment, you’ll find that few other products require the same level of care. Confidentiality is important, too. You Crate can help you get large or oversized products to patients quickly and discreetly.

The first step in shipping durable medical equipment with You Crate is selecting the crate you’ll need. You Crate crates come in two sizes:

  • Tower: Measures 46 in (length) x 46 in (width) x 80 in (height)  and holds up to 1,250 lbs.
  • Cube: Measures 46 in (length) x 46 in (width) x 47 in (height) and holds up to 2,000 lbs.

The size of the crate you select will depend on the size of the item or the volume of items you are shipping. The crates you select will arrive on a R+L Carriers truck as soon as 24-48 hours after your request is received.

After your shipping crate arrives, it is time to start packing. You can assemble your crate in 6 easy steps. Packing your crate is almost as easy as assembly. You Crate crates feature tie-down hardware perfect for affixing straps. You might also choose to use additional packing material to further insulate your durable medical equipment.

After your crate is assembled and packed, it will be picked up by an R+L Carriers truck. From there, your crate is delivered to its final destination, whether that is a patient, medical facility or a merchant. After the receiver unpacks the crate, R+L Carriers returns to pick up the empty crate to be reused.

When you’re shipping with You Crate, you won’t have to pay based on how heavy the crate is as you would with many other carriers. Shipping rates are based departure and delivery zone. This can make calculating the rate you’ll pay easy.

Ship Durable Medical Equipment with You Crate

You Crate’s goal is to get your durable medical equipment to its destination as quickly as possible. You’ll find that You Crate understands the sensitivity of these deliveries and work to make crating and shipping as simple and hassle free as possible.

Additionally, You Crate is aware that many shipments of durable medical equipment are sensitive to the elements. Heat, cold and humidity can affect the product. Some DME products might have a limited shelf life. You Crate and R+L Carriers take this into consideration when moving your products.

You Crate provides more than crating and shipping services. White glove services can help with the packing and heavy lifting. Additional value-added services like shipment tracking and crate drop-off and delivery make it easy to provide your customers with the best service possible.

Additional crating and transportation services offered by You Crate include:

  • Expedited shipping services for when your durable medical equipment needs to be there quickly
  • Lift gate delivery servicing for easy loading and unloading even when a dock isn’t available
  • Reverse logistics services to help you manage returns of equipment and more
  • Warehousing and storage solutions
  • White glove packing and delivery services

Why Ship Durable Medical Equipment in a Commercial Shipping Crate

You’ll find a number of reasons why shipping durable medical equipment in a commercial shipping crate is a good idea. In addition to providing protection and discretion for your shipment, a commercial shipping crate from You Crate gives you access to a host of other logistics services.

Advantages of working with a commercial shipping crate include:

  • A team of crating and logistics professionals with more than 60 years of combined experience in the field on your side
  • Crates are returned and reused, which reduces the carbon footprint in the shipping industry
  • Crates feature built-in tie-down brackets to secure your durable medical equipment inside the crate to prevent bumps and bruises during shipping
  • Guaranteed service means your items will arrive on time and as promised
  • Insurance and claims protection services provide peace of mind
  • Online order tracking through R+L Carriers lets you instantly see the location of your crate, giving you transparently and visibility
  • Theft protection and extra security keep your crate and equipment secure
  • You Crate commercial shipping crates can be assembled and disassembled easily with included tools


Consider You Crate when shipping durable medical equipment. As one of the country’s top commercial shipping crate companies, you’ll find that You Crate is dedicated to handling your shipment efficiently. Call today at 877-558-2580 or reach out online to get started with You Crate services.

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