Every day, millions of products are shipped all over the world. If your product is heavy, valuable, fragile or simply an unusual shape or size, it may need require a custom wood shipping box or crate to get it safely to its destination.
In the wood packaging industry, there are three primary options for shipping your product: wood box, wood crate, or wood pallet. First, wood boxes are generally closed off on all sides so your product is completely secure – not visible or accessible. Second, wood crates are generally “open” and your product is visible and potentially accessible. Both boxes and crates can allow stacking safely. Finally, wood pallets are the most cost effective, but offer the least amount of protection and security.
Custom wooden boxes provide the greatest level of protection and security, and offer many options. Your box can be constructed from OSB, plywood, and/or softwood lumber. Each of these materials has unique strengths and independent cost fluctuations. Our experienced packaging engineers design with the most cost effective material at present market conditions, while not sacrificing strength.
Custom wooden boxes and pallets are constructed with either two-way or four-way forklift access. This choice will depend on how you plan to ship and store your product.
For delicate or expensive components, you may choose a foam-lined box. This will provide a level of shock absorption and protection for your products when they are in transit. Many electronics shipments will choose to use foam-lined boxes.
If you intend to make international shipments, it may be required to use heat-treated lumber. Heat treatment is used internationally to eradicate pests that may be in the wood and prevents them spreading between countries.
If you want your company logo, product details or any warning signs to be visible on your custom wooden boxes, one of the most common options is to have this information stencilled onto the box. This ensures the most important data is close at hand during shipping.
Knock-down boxes are manufactured and shipped to you flat and ready to put together yourself. As your packaging manufacturer, we may suggest collapsible, knock-down boxes for several reasons. This may be required if the boxes must be assembled around a large, heavy product. Some customers prefer the cost savings of assembling on their own, and it is also more cost-effective if your packaging needs to be transported a long distance to your factory.
If you have more specialized needs, such as transporting wide-load or oversized heavy machinery, then you will need a custom box designed by a packaging engineer specifically for your situation.
Finding the right packaging solution for your individual needs requires understanding all available options and serious consideration about how you will load, store and ship your product. Timber Creek Resource is one of the largest wood packaging wholesalers in the Midwest. Take advantage of our knowledge and experience by contacting us today.