Crating Services

Fully Customized Crates in Northern Virginia


Your Arlington, Ashburn, and Reston Craters & Freighters provides custom crating and packaging solutions for unique and challenging items. If you need to custom crate and ship a high-value, oversized, fragile, or awkward piece,  we can support and manage your project from start to finish seamlessly. Most shipping companies have weight and size limitations. Not us.

We will design and craft the perfect wooden crate to protect your items using many factors including dimensions, weight, value, fragility, and final destination. Our crating experts are experienced with all the skills to get your item where it’s going safely. 

We use the highest quality wood and materials to build custom crates for a reliable journey. When shipping internationally, our crates will easily gain entry into any country meeting all codes and requirements. 

Our customers can take comfort in knowing that we are dedicated to every individual crating project that walks through our door. We have the knowledge and experience to design and prepare a crate specifically optimized for your item. With over three decades in the industry, our reputation for successful, safe shipments can speak for itself. 

Northern Virginia’s Craters & Freighters takes pride in everything we do, we believe in trust, reliability, and teamwork. We will work tirelessly to get your crating and shipping project where it needs to be, no matter the size or challenge.

For expert crating services, look no further. Call us today and let’s talk about your custom crating needs.

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Custom packaging, blocking, and bracing are essential to proper crating. These critical elements ensure that your belongings arrive at their destination safely through unpredictable shipping transport. We can provide that assurance because we never simply place items in a crate or box and add some padding. A successful shipment takes much more ingenuity than that. Every item our crating company handles gets a tailored packaging and crating solution. The fine details that go into security on the inside of the crate are vital and make all difference to a smooth shipment.

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Comprehensive Custom Crating Services

Our custom crating team will design and engineer the perfect crate to meet any requirement. This includes:

Frequently Asked Questions

Are all of your crates/boxes custom made?

Yes, each container is custom-designed and built to fit the needs of the item(s) you are shipping.

Do you handle sensitive electronic equipment?

Yes, please visit our IT & Electronics page for details.

Do you provide ISPM 15 crates for export?

Yes, we have extensive knowledge of ISPM 15 policies and regulations.

What are the requirements for ISPM 15 crates?

According to the US Department of Agriculture:
International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures No. 15 require all solid wood packing material 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: ISPM 15 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 Organization 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 requirements 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.

Do you do on-site crating?

Yes, we can provide on-site crating at your place of business.

Do you make reusable crates?

Yes! Save time, effort, and money by allowing us to design and build you a reusable crate, whether it’s for trade shows or other purposes.

Do you provide heat shrink wrapping?

Yes, please visit our Heat Shrink Wrapping page for more information.


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