The Basics of Wooden Crates

May 10, 2013
The Basics of Wooden Crates


Wooden crates are one of the most secure ways to transport goods. Their solid build protects the commodities inside, and provides an easy-to-handle format that forklifts and pallet jacks can manoeuvre. Wooden crates are durable, reusable, and an earth-friendly option for packaging and shipping supplies.
Considerations to keep in mind
  • Probably the most durable of packaging materials, wooden crates protect your shipment and ensure that it arrives at its location undamaged.
  • Easy to handle. Because of its sturdy design and features that allow pallet jacks and forklifts to move them, they are quickly carted from trucks and ships to their destination, even if they are heavy or particularly large.
  • Crates can be custom “jigged” to create partitions inside for specific product needs.
  • A standard wooden crate is 4 feet wide, 8 feet long and 4 feet high. Any dimensions needed are available to accommodate large objects.
  • Many trucking companies, airlines, and international shippers prefer wooden crates because they are easy to move with their equipment and prevent damage to the goods being shipped.
Features of a well made wooden crate
  • Screw or latch closures ensure secure fastening of your cargo.
  • Properly placed skids. These make sure your shipment is kept off the ground and prevents damage, as well as providing easy handling by machinery, like forklifts or pallet jacks. This is critical if the shipment is very heavy.
  • Handles are well positioned. If handles are a part of the design, make sure they are well placed for ease of use.
  • Appearance. A well made crate will have a good “look” to it, and although it doesn’t necessarily class as beautiful, it should look decent.
  • Recessed hardware. If you have handles or hinges, you don’t want them to break off midway.
  • Appropriate labelling. Make sure that you put directional arrows and appropriate warnings to your wooden crate before shipping. Never label valuables as such or use the label “Art.”  Label such items as “Fragile.”
Herwood Pallets has been building pallets and crates since 1945. We can easily supply you with wooden crates that are custom built to your specifications, or you can choose from standardized sizes. Depending on the final destination of your shipment, keep in mind the ISPM 15 rules for international shipping. We are an ISPM 15 certified facility, and will ensure that your shipping supplies meet international specifications. You can find out more details and the specific rules for ISPM 15 on their website.
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