Helpful Information for Understanding Our Offerings

We want our clients to be confident that they have made the right choice in selecting Craters & Freighters Northern Virginia for assistance with their specialty packaging, crating, and freight shipping needs. That’s why we provide a number of ways you can learn more about our company and our processes.

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A Look Inside the Crate: Bracing, Padding and Other Protective Measures

Ensuring that your items arrive safely at their destination in as-shipped conditions requires multiple layers of protection. The first layer, in many instances, is a strong wood crate. Often this is a custom-built wood crate specifically designed to maximize the protection of the assets being shipped. Customized wood pallets and skids may also be used.

Important Considerations for Shipping Lithium Batteries

The critical first step in shipping lithium batteries for cars or other uses is properly packaging them in a container that is strong and damage-resistant, and that can capture and retain any electrolyte leakage. Our packaging engineers can design and test the right UN-certified shipping container for any need.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you ship anything and everything?

Yes, with a few exceptions such as, barrels, food/perishable items, alcohol, guns, ammunition, vehicles, and live animals. If you have questions on your particular item contact us so we make sure your item is something we can crate and ship. For your hazardous material shipping needs, please visit our Hazmat Shipping page.

Can you come out to my location to assess my needs?

In most cases, we can effectively provide an estimate over the phone. However, for unique circumstances, we can schedule an onsite consultation visit to determine the best packaging, crating, and shipping solution for your logistical needs.

Do you offer insurance?

Yes, we can insure your items with industry-leading insurance that others do not offer. Each item to be insured is different and selecting the correct coverage is an important decision. For assistance in selecting the right coverage, please contact us for details.

What is your process?

Step 1 – Contact us to discuss your needs.

Step 2 – We provide an estimate with a recommended approach.

Step 3 – Once you approve, we schedule a pickup of your item(s), if applicable.

Step 4 – We confirm the dimension(s) and weight(s) of your item(s), and confirm/collect payment.

Step 5 – We package, crate and/or ship your item(s).

Step 6 – We provide tracking information for your shipment, if applicable.

Do you offer unpacking, inside delivery, and debris removal?

Yes, please contact us for information and pricing.

Do you handle hazardous material and dangerous goods?

Yes, we can pack and ship most hazardous materials according to 49 CFR, IMDG, and ICAO regulations. Please visit our Hazmat Shipping page for more information.


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