As a small load-shipping specialist, Boston Pack and Ship builds crates to fit some rather unique sized objects—e.g. artwork, grandfather’s clocks, high value computer servers/electronics. Yet for overseas shipments, that crate not only has to fit whatever is being shipped, but made from the right wood. Hence the importance of Boston Pack and Ship’s recent certification by the Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association (NeLMA).
Established in 1933, NeLMA is the rules writing agency for Eastern White Pine Lumber and the grading authority for Eastern Spruce, Balsam Fir, Spruce Pine Fir (SPFs) species grouping and other commercially important eastern softwood lumber species. Wooden crates used to ship items overseas must be stamped by a governing body like NeLMA.
“Overseas, there’s been a real problem with shipments in wooden crates infested with termites and other insects and bugs. Those insects travel via crate, jump off and then infest trees and vegetation. The new customs regulations mandate that crates being shipped overseas have the approval of a regulating body like NeLMA or the overseas customs officers will destroy the crate and what’s inside. Not to mention the serious fines that are involved. That’s why Boston Pack and Ship receiving our NeLMA certification is critical,” said Joe Fell, co-owner of Boston Pack and Ship.
Wood to be used for crates for overseas shipping must meet the guidelines set by the International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures. Specifically, wood used for crates must be heat-treated for 30 minutes at 133 degrees to receive the NeLMA stamp.
“Many of the softer woods like spruce can’t be used for overseas crates because though they have been heat-treated, they have not been treated for the right length of time and temperature,” added Fell. “That’s something that NeLMA really stays on top of. Even with our certification, we still undergo random audits to ensure that every crate that ships out of here meets NeLMA standards.”
In addition to customized crates and packages, Boston Pack and Ship employs foam-in-place technology to ensure the safe shipment of products for both commercial and residential customers. Products being shipped can range from medical equipment and computer servers to delicate artwork and grandfather clocks.
Boston Pack and Ship offers multiple U.S. shipping options including ground and air delivery to a terminal for pickup or inside delivery. International options include air or ocean with door-to-door or door-to-port delivery. Full declared value is available on both domestic and international shipments. Pick-up of items to be packed and shipped for delivery is made by appointment.
For more information on the breadth of Boston Pack and Ship’s services, you can visit the company Web site at www.bostonpackandship.com. For a free quote on an out-of-state or international move or shipment, please call (800) 400-7204.
Small load specialists
Formerly known as The Packaging Store and now repackaged as Boston Pack and Ship, these small load specialists have been a trusted strategic partner of many movers in eastern Massachusetts for more than two decades. Based in Braintree, Massachusetts, Boston Pack and Ship employs custom crates and packaging and foam-in-place solutions to pack and ship everything from artwork to heirlooms, computers to antiques to both out-of-state and international destinations. Known for its fast and efficient customer service, one call is usually all it takes to schedule a pickup for a door-to-door or door-to-port shipment. For more information, visit www.bostonpackandship.com or call (800) 400-7204 for a free quote.