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As a government-defined "essential business," Craters & Freighters continues to operate our 60+ locations across the nation during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation and is assisting with specialty crating, packaging and shipping for normal business and emergency situations as allowed within the laws and any temporary restrictions in place in a given location. Contact your local C&F location or call us at 1-800-736-3335 for assistance. Our thoughts and prayers are with our employees and customers.
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Craters & Freighters Sterling is the leader in custom packaging, crating and shipping. Craters & Freighters is your one source solution offering flexible services for any shipping need.

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“You Shipped What?” Our Most Interesting Specialty Crating and Shipping Projects. - Craters & Freighters 11/18/2021

“You Shipped What?” Our Most Interesting Specialty Crating and Shipping Projects. - Craters & Freighters

From experimental fusion energy apparatus to a life-sized bigfoot statue, we’ve done the specialty crating, packaging and shipping of some very interesting items. These projects are fun to look back at, but they’re also a demonstration of our leadership when it comes to transporting assets that no other company wants to, or is able to, handle. Learn more in our recent blog post. #shippingservices #woodcrates

“You Shipped What?” Our Most Interesting Specialty Crating and Shipping Projects. - Craters & Freighters When people think of crating and shipping services, the image that often comes to mind is an item being put into a simple, rectangular wood box with some packing peanuts or moving blankets being thrown in to provide a little cushioning. They also tend to envision common items like furniture, office....

Moving Resources in an Emergency: How a Specialty Shipper Can Assist FEMA - Craters & Freighters 10/27/2021

Moving Resources in an Emergency: How a Specialty Shipper Can Assist FEMA - Craters & Freighters

Businesses and consumers trust Craters & Freighters to get items of all kinds to their destinations on time and in as-shipped condition. That is never more important than when equipment and materials are needed in the wake of a disaster. The ability to get items crated and on their way quickly, and to provide logistical support that ensures they reach their destination without delay, is our specialty. Learn more in our recent blog post. #shippingservices #DisasterResponse

Moving Resources in an Emergency: How a Specialty Shipper Can Assist FEMA - Craters & Freighters As a specialty crating, packaging and shipping company, Craters & Freighters helps businesses and individuals move important assets across the country and around the world every day. In some cases, those shipments are time-sensitive. However, nothing compares to the sense of urgency when resources a...

A Look Inside the Crate: Bracing, Padding and Other Protective Measures - Craters & Freighters 09/23/2021

A Look Inside the Crate: Bracing, Padding and Other Protective Measures - Craters & Freighters

Ensuring that your items arrive safely at their destination in as-shipped conditions requires multiple layers of protection. The first layer is often a strong, custom-built wood crate. But the protective measures inside the crate—from specialized packaging to blocking and bracing—are just as important. Read our blog post for details. #shipping #cratingservices #CustomCrating

A Look Inside the Crate: Bracing, Padding and Other Protective Measures - Craters & Freighters 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 shippe...

Important Considerations for Shipping Lithium Batteries | Craters & Freighters 08/31/2021

Important Considerations for Shipping Lithium Batteries | Craters & Freighters

Lithium batteries are vital components in cars and countless other machines and devices. Transporting them from place to place is vital for the companies that produce those products. However, there are significant risks in shipping lithium batteries. Fortunately, there are processes and procedures for ensuring it is done safely, and companies like Craters & Freighters with deep expertise in this area. Read our blog post for details. #shipping #lithiumbattery

Important Considerations for Shipping Lithium Batteries | Craters & Freighters 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 f...

How to Ensure Valuable Assets Survive the Rigors of Ocean Transport | Craters & Freighters 07/20/2021

How to Ensure Valuable Assets Survive the Rigors of Ocean Transport | Craters & Freighters

Ocean freight shipping provides many advantages and often is the only way to get certain types of items from their point of origin to their destination. However, it’s important to understand the unique challenges posed by the potentially harsh conditions on ocean voyages and how to address them so that your assets arrive safely. Our blog post is a quick read with helpful points to ponder. #internationalshipping #oceantransport

How to Ensure Valuable Assets Survive the Rigors of Ocean Transport | Craters & Freighters The world’s oceans and seas are vast, uncrowded paths for transporting goods and materials that many businesses rely on. Another constant with ocean freight shipping is that the waterways are a harsh environment that can wreak havoc on assets that aren’t properly protected. How can you and your ...

8 Ways To Protect Sensitive Electronics During Shipping | Craters & Freighters 06/16/2021

8 Ways To Protect Sensitive Electronics During Shipping | Craters & Freighters

It is rare to find a business today that doesn’t rely heavily on electronic equipment of some kind, from computer servers and workstations to telecommunications equipment and testing devices of various types. These items are often both expensive and sensitive. If you are tasked with arranging shipping for your company’s electronics, a good first step is learning about the options available to you for getting the project completed without incident. Our blog post provides valuable insights. #electronics #shipping

8 Ways To Protect Sensitive Electronics During Shipping | Craters & Freighters And with businesses having to be agile and mobile in order to stay competitive, it is very common for them to ship sensitive electronics. In addition to these items being subject to damage if not handled properly, they tend also to be very expensive. In many ways, it is a “perfect storm” of risk...

Shipping an Unmanned Aircraft System? Here’s How to Do It Right. | Craters & Freighters 05/25/2021

Shipping an Unmanned Aircraft System? Here’s How to Do It Right. | Craters & Freighters

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, play a vital role in the work done by organizations in a wide range of industries. Since drones are sensitive devices that can cost anywhere from hundreds of dollars for a small vehicle to millions in the case of advanced military models, it is crucial that they be handled with care and by a company that excels at specialized packing, crating and shipping. We share important tips for shipping drones in a recent blog post. #UAS #shipping

Shipping an Unmanned Aircraft System? Here’s How to Do It Right. | Craters & Freighters Drones contain sensitive technology and can cost anywhere from hundreds to thousands to millions of dollars in the case of the most advanced military unmanned aerial vehicles. Consequently, it is important that they be handled with care and by a company that excels at specialized packing, crating an...

Corrugated Cardboard: The Perfect Shipping Material for Many Scenarios | Craters & Freighters 04/21/2021

Corrugated Cardboard: The Perfect Shipping Material for Many Scenarios | Craters & Freighters

Corrugated cardboard is a strong, lightweight, environmentally friendly material for constructing containers for use in specialty packaging and shipping. While a wooden crate may be required for certain types of items, in many instances a customized corrugated box can provide more than enough protection for assets in transit and can do so very economically. #packaging

Corrugated Cardboard: The Perfect Shipping Material for Many Scenarios | Craters & Freighters Corrugated cardboard—sometimes called corrugated fiberboard—is material made of thick paper stock with a fluted (or grooved) middle layer surrounded by flat layers on either side. The result is sheets that are lightweight and surprisingly strong.

What Is a Packaging Engineer in the Crating and Shipping Business? | Craters & Freighters 03/24/2021

What Is a Packaging Engineer in the Crating and Shipping Business? | Craters & Freighters

Packaging engineers are experts in the materials, technologies and methods used to secure and protect assets during transport. Their expertise can make the difference between items that arrive in as-shipped condition and those that are damaged or destroyed in transit. Our packaging engineers are exceptionally skilled and dedicated to ensuring shipments are appropriately protected, as we explain in our recent blog post. Learn More. #packaging

What Is a Packaging Engineer in the Crating and Shipping Business? | Craters & Freighters The term “packaging engineer” has different meanings in different industries. In the manufacturing world, packaging engineers help companies design and develop new containers and materials that are mass produced and used to package their products.

Office Moving & Relocation: 12 Tips for a Stress-Free Transition | Craters & Freighters 03/02/2021

Office Moving & Relocation: 12 Tips for a Stress-Free Transition | Craters & Freighters

Office relocations are projects that must be completed efficiently and correctly. You want your business to be back up and running—and your employees to be productive—as quickly as possible. Any mistakes can be costly. We provide a 12-point checklist for streamlining your move in our recent blog post. #relocationspecialist

Office Moving & Relocation: 12 Tips for a Stress-Free Transition | Craters & Freighters If you have ever participated in an office relocation, you know it can be a chaotic and stressful process. Not only are there the countless details that must be attended to, the move typically must be completed in a short period of time so that the business can return to normal operations quickly.

Craters & Freighters Helps Trees for the Future Reach 200 Million Tree Mark | Craters & Freighters 02/04/2021

Craters & Freighters Helps Trees for the Future Reach 200 Million Tree Mark | Craters & Freighters

Sustainable agriculture nonprofit Trees for the Future (TREES) announced Tuesday that they’ve planted more than 200 million trees around the world. Tens of thousands of farmers planted the trees on their own land over the last three decades in conjunction with agroforestry training provided by TREES. The milestone was met with support from thousands of individual donors and more than 300 brand partners.

Craters & Freighters is committed to sustainability. One example of this commitment is our partnership with Trees for the Future. Since our partnership began, we’ve supported the planting of over 750,000 trees.
#sustainability #trees

Craters & Freighters Helps Trees for the Future Reach 200 Million Tree Mark | Craters & Freighters Sustainable agriculture nonprofit Trees for the Future (TREES) announced Tuesday that they’ve planted more than 200 million trees around the world. The milestone was met with support from thousands of individual donors and more than 300 brand partners. Craters & Freighters has helped TREES plant 7...

An Overview of the Crating, Packaging and Shipping of Military Assets | Craters & Freighters 01/14/2021

An Overview of the Crating, Packaging and Shipping of Military Assets | Craters & Freighters

The U.S. Armed Forces expect and deserve that items sent to bases throughout the country and around the world be crated, packaged and shipped by a provider that has a proven track record of on-time, damage-free delivery and the expertise to adhere to all military specifications (or MilSpecs) for the care and handling of critical assets. Craters & Freighters is a trusted provider to the U.S. military. Learn more in our recent blog post.

An Overview of the Crating, Packaging and Shipping of Military Assets | Craters & Freighters When it comes to a worldwide presence and the need to get equipment and other resources to where they are required quickly efficiently, no organization compares to the U.S. military. In fact, logistics are often referred to as the lifeblood of the military.

What Is White-Glove Delivery Service and Who Needs It? | Craters & Freighters 12/23/2020

What Is White-Glove Delivery Service and Who Needs It? | Craters & Freighters

White-glove shipping service provides an elevated level of care and attention to detail for expensive and/or fragile items. That includes items that have a high degree of sentimental value. Who needs white-glove services, what do they cost and why is the term “white-glove” applied to this type of service? We answer those questions in our recent blog post.

What Is White-Glove Delivery Service and Who Needs It? | Craters & Freighters The term “white-glove” services refers to assistance provided with an elevated level of care and attention to detail. In specialty crating, packaging and shipping, those descriptions certainly apply, but the term can also mean an extension of typical services.

Estate Shipping: 9 Steps You Should Take | Craters & Freighters 11/12/2020

Estate Shipping: 9 Steps You Should Take | Craters & Freighters

Estate moves can be highly complicated and also, in some cases, very stressful for families who may be dealing with many other issues on top of needing to have a large number of items transported to one or more destinations. Working with a crating, packaging and shipping company that specializes in estate moves can take a huge burden off of you. And there are also steps you can take to ensure that the move goes smoothly. Our recent blog post provides details. #estate #shipping

Estate Shipping: 9 Steps You Should Take | Craters & Freighters In short, estate moves aren’t simple “blanket wrap and go” transactions. They require careful planning and skillful ex*****on in order to ensure that items arrive in as-shipped condition when and where they are expected.

Shipping Art or Antiques? Use These 8 Proven Tactics. | Craters & Freighters 10/30/2020

Shipping Art or Antiques? Use These 8 Proven Tactics. | Craters & Freighters

When shipping valuable art and antiques, you need to prepare the items properly to ensure they make it to their destination in as-shipped condition. It’s also important to work with a specialty crating, packaging and shipping company that has the experience and the expertise to handle valuable items properly and safely. Our recent blog post provides tips for shipping art and antiques, as well as insights on what to look for in a shipping company.

Shipping Art or Antiques? Use These 8 Proven Tactics. | Craters & Freighters Finding a nick, scratch or dent in a common business or household item that you’ve shipped can be irritating. Finding damage of any kind to a work of art or antique that you’ve shipped can have serious financial consequences.

10 Important Steps for an Industrial Plant Relocation | Craters & Freighters 10/16/2020

10 Important Steps for an Industrial Plant Relocation | Craters & Freighters

Industrial plant relocations are among the most challenging of moves. However, by working with the right specialty crating, packaging and shipping company, and following a proven process, you can execute an efficient and error free relocation.

In our recent blog post, we explain what the steps are and why they’re necessary. It’s helpful information for any organization that’s contemplating or planning a major move.

10 Important Steps for an Industrial Plant Relocation | Craters & Freighters Business moves always present plenty of challenges. But among the most complex moves of all are industrial plant relocations. Not only are standard items like desks, tables, chairs and office equipment from the administrative side of the business typically involved, but then there are the assets on....

What You Need to Know About Shipping and Cargo Insurance | Craters & Freighters 09/30/2020

What You Need to Know About Shipping and Cargo Insurance | Craters & Freighters

Cargo insurance provides coverage for the assets you’re shipping while they’re in transit. Should those items be lost, damaged or destroyed, your policy can kick in with financial compensation. You can get cargo insurance from your shipper in some cases, or you can purchase coverage from a third-party insurer. Regardless of whether you ever have to file a claim, cargo insurance provides powerful peace of mind.

Our recent blog post provides helpful information on cargo insurance. It’s a quick and informative read.

What You Need to Know About Shipping and Cargo Insurance | Craters & Freighters When shipping valuable assets, cargo insurance provides coverage for the assets you’re shipping while they’re in transit.

Small Items to Jet Engines: Meeting the Challenges of Aerospace Transportation | Craters & Freighters 09/11/2020

Small Items to Jet Engines: Meeting the Challenges of Aerospace Transportation | Craters & Freighters

Aerospace and aviation equipment and devices often have characteristics that make them challenging to ship. They may be large, oddly shaped or fragile, and they are frequently costly. However, with a little bit of preparation and guidance from an experienced aerospace transportation company, it’s easy to get items where they need to be on time and in as-shipped condition.

Our recent blog post addresses aerospace transportation and how to do it right. Check it out.

Small Items to Jet Engines: Meeting the Challenges of Aerospace Transportation | Craters & Freighters Aerospace and aviation equipment and devices have many characteristics that can make them challenging to ship. For example, a jet engine is a large, heavy item that’s difficult to move and to secure in place for transport. It’s also a very expensive asset. Smaller items like avionics equipment m...

9 Common Shipping Challenges and How to Overcome Them | Craters & Freighters 08/27/2020

9 Common Shipping Challenges and How to Overcome Them | Craters & Freighters

Despite your best efforts and those of your specialty crating and shipping provider, transportation issues will arise from time to time. The key is to take steps to minimize the risk of problems occurring and work with an experienced provider that knows how to resolve them efficiently and effectively. Doing so can save you significant time, effort, and in many cases, money.

Our recent blog post covers nine common shipping problems and how to handle them. It’s a quick and informative read.

9 Common Shipping Challenges and How to Overcome Them | Craters & Freighters In a perfect world, every shipment would get from its point of origin to its destination on time, in as-shipped condition, and with zero headaches for you, the shipper. Of course, we don’t live in a perfect world.

Pickup and Delivery: Valuable Crating and Shipping Company Services | Craters & Freighters 08/13/2020

Pickup and Delivery: Valuable Crating and Shipping Company Services | Craters & Freighters

Professional pickup and delivery services can save you or your business time and money when you ship valuable assets. And working with experts in specialty crating, packaging and shipping can help ensure that your items arrive on time and undamaged.

In our recent blog post, we explain the types of services that providers offer and how companies and individuals can benefit from these offerings when arranging for the transport of goods.

Pickup and Delivery: Valuable Crating and Shipping Company Services | Craters & Freighters Professional pickup and delivery services can save you or your business time and money when you ship valuable assets. And working with experts in specialty crating, packaging and shipping can help ensure that your items arrive on time and undamaged.

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