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Packing Materials and Shipping Terms to Know

Every year more than forty million Americans relocate, often for reasons related to work. If you’re planning a move or need to ship an item, there are many service providers and suppliers that can help you pack up and arrange transport. Here are a few terms to become familiar with in this industry.

  • Cargo — Refers to the freight carried by a transport provider, whether on a vessel, train, truck, or airplane.
  • Crate— A box in which large or heavy items are transported, often made of wood but can be made of plastic or other strong material. However, companies that offer moving services for household goods often don’t use crates but instead box items in cardboard.
  • Freight Forwarder — A company, often associated with international transport, that provides logistic services including arranging to ship goods, store them temporarily as required, track the delivery date, and prepare all required documentation. Also may offer to pack items, which should include using bubble wrap to protect fragile items.
  • Less-than-Container — When the cargo being transported does not fill an entire container. Often another customer’s goods will be included to complete the load.
  • Tariff — If you are moving to an international destination, there may be an export or import tax, also called a tariff. Your forwarder can advise if this is the case.
  • Dunnage — Refers to material used as padding to protect fragile items during a move.
  • Pallet — A low-lying structure, usually made of wood, that supports and stabilizes large items during transport.
  • Logistic services — Managing the movement of goods domestically or internationally, including arranging transport, tracking, temporary storage, and ensuring delivery.
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    Institute of Packing Professionals
    Naperville, IL 60563
    The Institute of Packaging Professionals is here to help create networking and educational opportunities for people in the packaging industry. We offer a variety of services and support to keep your business running smoothly.
     
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    1697 N Expressway, Griffin, GA 30223
    (770) 233-1733
    Crown Packaging
    6755 Shiloh Rd E, Alpharetta, GA 30005
    (770) 844-0236
    Falcon Packaging and Transport
    1160 Palmour Dr, Gainesville, GA 30501
    (770) 531-1550
    Multec Industrial Packaging
    17 Augusta Dr, Newnan, GA 30263
    (770) 254-1130
    Product Packaging Corp
    4300 Bankers Cir, Atlanta, GA 30360
    (770) 441-7515
    Southern Packaging Machinery Inc
    822 Progress Industrial Blvd, Lawrenceville, GA 30043
    (770) 822-0007
    Graphic Packaging International Inc
    835 Franklin Ct Se Ste A-1, Marietta, GA 30067
    (770) 795-3700
    Automated Packaging Systems Inc
    4995 Lake Holw, Douglasville, GA 30135
    (770) 920-5976
    Graham Packaging Co
    1650 Westgate Pkwy Sw Ste A, Atlanta, GA 30336
    (404) 349-0097
    Plastic Packaging
    630 Brick Mill Rd, Canton, GA 30115
    (770) 704-7036
    Southern Regional Packaging Inc
    3885 Homestead Ridge Dr, Cumming, GA 30041
    (770) 886-7939
    Berlin Packaging
    125 Westlake Pkwy Sw Ste 130, Atlanta, GA 30336
    (404) 344-2203
    Design Packagin
    6479 Chupp Rd, Lithonia, GA 30058
    (770) 482-5012
    Packaging Corporation of America
    3200 Lakewood Ave, Atlanta, GA 30344
    (404) 753-9785
    Wilheit Packaging
    1527 May Dr, Gainesville, GA 30507
    (770) 532-4421


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