What Cargo Requires a Custom Crate?

Embarking on the journey from warehouse to destination, the safety of your cargo depends on the critical decision of how it is packaged. While some products may endure the rigors of transit safely within conventional containers, others require a more tailored approach. In this blog, we will detail the types of cargo that call for custom crating to help you make the right decision for your business. 


Choosing Your Crating

When considering the journey your cargo will embark on from your facility to its destination, the most important question to ask is, “how will it be securely packaged?” While some products may fare well strapped to a pallet and encased in shrink-wrap, the reality is that most items are not impervious to potential damage. If the thought of other containers stacking atop yours makes you too nervous, it is likely a sign your cargo is too sensitive to count on standard packaging.


What Types of Cargo Need Custom Crating?

The need for a custom crate becomes evident if your product falls into any of the following categories:


  • Precisely calibrated machinery or other sensitive cargo demands a custom-built crate. Packaging experts can collaborate to design a crate and skid that mitigates vibration during transit, ensuring your equipment arrives in impeccable condition.
  • Some examples of delicate cargo that benefit from custom crating include artwork, electronics, glass, antiques, aerospace components, and fragile machinery.


  • Shipping packages weighing over 70 pounds incurs a premium with standard services like UPS and FedEx. For heavier products, investing in a heavy-duty skid with custom brackets becomes crucial to prevent shifting during transportation.
  • Some examples of heavy cargo include industrial machinery, vehicles, large appliances, and much more.

Longer than a standard pallet

  • Overhanging the edge of a pallet exposes your product to potential damage during loading and unloading. A custom crate, tailored to your specifications, provides comprehensive protection from all angles.

Even if your product doesn’t fall into one of these categories, opting for a custom crate can be a worthy investment, particularly when relying on common carriers for transportation. Direct shipping, though the safest option, tends to be very expensive due to exclusive transportation use. Common carriers are often a more economical choice. However, with numerous handling instances at hubs and terminals, the risk of damage from drops, bounces, or punctures increases. A custom wooden crate, equipped with moisture barriers, desiccants, and shock-absorbing foam, can be the decisive factor between a successful shipment and a delivery failure.

While ordering a custom crate incurs more upfront costs than standard packaging, the potential expenses of unforeseen transit pitfalls far outweigh the initial investment. The damage suffered by improperly packaged products can lead to unpredictable costs, such as recalibration by a technician, repairs to rusted metal parts, or rush-shipping new components. Budgeting for a custom crate is a proactive approach to avoiding unhappy customers who may take their business elsewhere.


Our Custom Crates  

Check out these photos of custom crates we’ve created for a range of uses. If you have questions about any of these jobs, contact us today and we’d be happy to answer any questions you may have! 


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