From Tarantulas to Treasures: The Strangest Things Found in Cargo Boxes

The expansion of our trading systems throughout history has allowed us to receive information and produce from countries all over the world, expanding both our diets and our knowledge of the world around us. Packages often travel tens of thousands of miles to reach their destination, and shipping containers and cargo boxes can contain anything from food and spices to clothing to electronics. Continue reading…


Breaking Down CFR 49

If you move goods in the U.S., you must be prepared to abide by the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 49. The Title 49 rules encompass regulations for domestic transportation. Continue reading…


Transporting Your Shipping Drum: Ground, Air, Sea, or Rail?

Shipping drums are cylindrical containers used for shipping bulk liquids and granular materials and are usually certified for dangerous chemicals. They may be made of metal, plastic, or corrugated fiberboard and hold greater quantities than most packaging. Shipping drums are much more effective for waterproofing than other shipping containers and are harder to corrode. Continue reading…


Shipping Hazardous Materials: Knowing the Regulations

Hazardous materials may be daily household objects, from batteries and paints to medical materials and caustic chemicals. Even cosmetics and consumables may be classified as hazardous before final production or in large quantities. Mundane items, such as sunblock, anything in an aerosol spray can, and diving equipment, fall under strict regulations for shipment. Continue reading…


Preparing Your Gaylord Box for Cold-Weather Travel

Rain, hail, or shine, you want your customers’ goods to arrive on time. Unfortunately, the weather can often have other ideas. Cold weather and other itinerant weather conditions can severely impact the efficiency of your shipping. Whether ships and trucks need to be rerouted or packaging becomes damaged during transit, the integrity of your products can be compromised if proper care is not taken to protect your items. Continue reading…


Should I Purchase Cargo Insurance When Shipping Freight Internationally?

 

When shipping internationally, the freight moves through many more hands than it does when shipped nationally. The longer the trip, the greater the risk of damage. That’s why you may want to consider shipping insurance when shipping freight internationally.

Insurance is not mandatory, but damaged products can cause unexpected costs for individuals shipping packages. International carriers are held responsible for packages damaged in their care, with certain restrictions, yet the damage done to some packages has unknown origins. Continue reading…


Separate Your Glass Bottles and Aluminum Cans – What Would It Mean if Everyone on Earth Recycled?

 

The recycling rate in the United States more than doubled between 1990 and 2013 and has remained steady. Many municipalities make it easy to recycle by allowing single-stream and/or free recycling. Over 94% of the U.S. population has recycling available to it between curbside and drop-off programs.

That rate certainly can be increased. The supply of recyclables does not meet the demand for them, and recyclables easily can be shipped around the country and the world. Germany recycles 66.1% of its waste, and the average rate in the European Union was 45% (in 2015). Continue reading…