Export Crating

Congestion at west coast ports are causing real pain

The alleged west ports slow down is causing congestion, pain and lots of finger pointing.  The issue is that contract negotiations between the Maritime port employers and the longshoremen workers are dragging on with no apparent resolution in sight.The International Longshore and Warehouse Union have been working without a...

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ALSC updates Dunnage requirements for ISPM 15

What is dunnage?    The simplest definition is that dunnage is a piece of wood used for blocking, bracing or support.   It is not viewed as an integral part of the wood packaging system.    Dunnage requires a separate stamp DUN_HT on at least two sides of each piece.  For international shipments,...

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Can disease be propagated by shipping cargo?

The Ebola epidemic in Africa, with 2 cases now reported in the US has brought a lot of attention on disease transmission. There have been several virus outbreaks in foreign countries that have posed threats to the US.  The SARS breakout in 2002 and the China Avian Influenza (H7N9) Virus...

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Recycled shipping containers for new dwelling construction

Reusable containers that are ultimately recyclable is the ideal situation for green packaging.   Packnet has a number of reusable packaging products that are strong, waterproof, stackable, collapsible and ultimately recyclable when reaching its end of life.Reusable packaging concepts assume that returning the package is feasible.   Shipping containers are very durable...

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