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All About Custom Crating Considerations

There are numerous considerations that need to be taken into account when designing custom-built crates for your product. One of the most important considerations when designing wood crating is to determine the mode of transportation. There may be various restrictions on the size of a package depending on how the product will be transported.

In most cases, a product will be moved via truck, and then either rail, ocean, air, or a combination. Additional considerations may include reusable crating, handling restrictions at the destination and within your own facility, temperature, humidity as well as shock and vibration concerns.

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Once the fragility of a product is determined, the gross weight of a product and proper cushioning and preservation methods have been evaluated, one needs to consider the overall size of the finished crate.

The outside height measurement is most likely the greatest factor in affecting how much (or how much additional cost) you'll pay in transportation costs to move your crated product. In virtually every instance, no matter how large the product is, there are means and ways to transport extremely large crated products. You simply may be restricted as outbound flights or sailing dates are less frequent and more costly.

Some common height restrictions for air-bound shipments are based on the aircraft door openings. All crated product that is 64" or less in height can be moved via passenger or cargo planes, and provide the most flexibility when shipping domestically or internationally.

Other height restrictions are 88" tall side door openings on DC-10 planes, as well as 96" tall door openings in the nose cone section on 747 freighter planes. Main deck side door openings are 118" tall as well on 747 freighters. Airbus planes are becoming more popular and freighter service will usually schedule 1-2 flights per week to most countries.