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Boston Solution To Pack And Ship


We can pack just about anything and ship everywhere!
A glass lamp, your valuable antiques, or a grandfather clock; we can pack it and ship it anywhere you like!

We have decades of experience in packing and shipping, we have a warehouse full of packaging material, from cardboard boxes, foam to wooden crates and palettes for your large heavyweight items. When you are sending fragile items,  you must pay attention to your packaging options. Often Antics, electronics, and high-value items are not a DIY packaging project you want to take on!


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Boston Packaging Services

Neighborhood Parcel employs staff with ample experience in the shipping & packaging expensive and fragile goods. A high-strength foam and padding protect the item you are shipping. We offer multiple U.S. and International shipping options from ocean to air cargo for lower cost. You can also opt-in for our Door-to-door and door-to-port delivery options.

Why Hire Hire Us To Ship Your Goods

  • Neighborhood Parcel Staff is experienced to handle all your packaging and shipping needs.
  • Door service to pick up heavy items.
  • Professional grade packaging material.
  • Discounted Air, Ocean and Ground Freight Rates.
  • Export Document Preparation Assistance.
  • Responsive Staff and flexible work schedule.
  • A+ Rated By the Boston BBB.
  • Member of the Boston North Business Chamber.

Please Call us at  978-851-0199 or click here for a free packing & Shipping quote.


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International Shipping Containers


Freight Containers Specification

Besides commonly used 20’STD, 40’STD and 40’HC ocean freight containers, there are numerous of other types of sea containers including 45′ High Cube, Open Tops and Flat Racks sizes of 20′ and 40′ etc. However, as a rule, these types of sea freight containers are subject to equipment availability from Steam Ship Lines (or direct carriers or International Transportation Companies). In certain circumstances, it can be limited. Then, if you ship a regular cargo by sea, we suggest planning your sea freight shipment by using one of these three types of Ocean freight containers below.

20′ Standard Sea Freight Container

  • Interior Dimensions (L x W x H): 5.919 m x 2.340 m x 2.380 m (19′-5” x 7′-8” x 7′-9′ 1/2”)
  • Door Opening (W x H): 2.286 m x 2.278 m (7′-6″ x 7′-5 1/2″)
  • Tare Weight: 1,900 kg (4,189 lbs)
  • Cubic Capacity: 33.0 cbm (1,165 cubic ft)
  • Payload* :22,100 kg (48,721 lbs)

40′ Standard Sea Freight Container

  • Interior Dimensions (L x W x H): 12.051 m x 2.340 m x 2.380 m (39′-6 1/2”x 7′-8” x 7′-9 1/2”)
  • Door Opening (W x H): 2.286 m x 2.278 m (7′-6″ x 7’-5 1/2″)
  • Tare Weight: 3,084 kg (6,799 lbs)
  • Cubic Capacity: 67.3 cbm (2,377 cubic ft)
  • Payload*: 27,397 kg (60,401 lbs)

40′ High Cube Ocean Freight Container

  • Interior Dimensions (L x W x H): 12.056 m x 2.347 m x 2.684 m (39′-6 1/2” x 7′-8 1/4”x 8′-9 1/2”
  • Door Opening (W x H): 2.340 m x 2.585 m (7′-8″ x 8′-5 3/4″)
  • Tare Weight: 2,900 kg (6,393 lbs)
  • Cubic Capacity: 76.0 cbm (2,684 cubic ft)
  • Payload*: 29,600 kg (65,256 lbs)

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FCL is an abbreviation for “Full Container Load” for Import and Export cargo to and from the USA. This term is commonly used to describe an Ocean freight service that is designed for ocean freight shipments of cargo where shipper has exclusive use of sea freight container. Usually, the containers are loaded by propositional international movers and sealed at the shipper’s facility. Then it transported by ocean, rail and/or truck directly to the point of final destination.

Shipping Terms:

Port to Port:

The economic solutions for International shippers looking to save money on their international move. If you are a college student or just someone who looking to save money this may be the best solution for you, with receiving terminals in all major cities you can drop your shipment off at the nearest warehouse or port facility and pick it up from the port or terminal of your destination. This is the most economical way to ship your goods overseas. The customer is responsible for any duty taxes, broker & storage fees.

Door to Port or Terminal:

This service is for the customers that are not near a local terminal or does not have means of transportation to deliver their shipment to the nearest warehouse. We will arrange pickup of your household goods at your residents and transport them to our consolidation warehouse in Tewksbury MA, Boston Warehouse or port of exit. We offer a basic freight pick up for self-pack customers as well as full packing and loading services if needed. The shipment will go to the nearest port of destination where the shipper would arrange for their own pickup and customs clearance of their cargo. Please make sure to give us enough advance notice to arrange for a door pick up.  For a free quote, visit us here

Warehouse to Door:

This service is for the customer that is near a local terminal that would like to save money on the moving or trucking charges but would like to have the shipment delivered to their door at the destination. The shipper would need to drop off the boxes at the warehouse and we will handle the door delivery, offloading, customs clearance and removal of debris. Customer will be contacted by the broker to clear shipment and pay any taxes or fees prior to delivery to their destination.

Door to Door:

International Door to Door service is designed for busy people that what to leave the shipping to the professionals. We specialize in the export packing and shipping of household goods and personal effects, automobiles, boats and general cargo. We handle customs clearance of all cargo as well as door delivery and offloading worldwide.


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Crate Packaging History Massachusetts


Crate History in Massachusetts

The first documented writings in the US about shipping crates is in a 1930 handbook (Technical Bulletin No. 171) written by C. A. Plaskett for the US Department of Agriculture although his writing imply that crates were defined before that time. C. A. Plaskett was known for his extensive testing and defining of various components of transport packaging.

Construction of Wood Crates

Although the definition of a wooden crate as compared to a wooden box is clear, construction of the two often results in a container that is not clearly a crate or a box. Both wooden crates and wooden boxes are constructed to contain unique items, the design of either a crate or box may use principles from both. In this case, the container will typically be defined by how the edges and corners of the container are constructed. If the sheathing (either plywood or lumber) can be removed, and a framed structure will remain standing, the container would likely be termed a crate. If removal of the sheathing results in no way of fastening the lumber around the edges of the container, the container would likely be termed a wooden box.

Crates can be made of wood, plastic, metal or other materials. The term ‘crate’ often implies a large and/or strong container. Most plastic crates are smaller and are more commonly called a case or container. Metal is rarely used because of its weight. When metal is used, a crate is often constructed as an ‘open crate’ and may be termed a ‘cage’. Although a crate may be made of any material, for these reasons, the term ‘crate’ used alone often implies one constructed of wood.

Design of Crates

There are many variations of wooden crate designs. By far the most common are ‘closed’, ‘open’ and ‘framed’. A Closed Crate is one that is completely or nearly completely enclosed with material such as plywood or lumber boards. When lumber is used, gaps are often left between the boards to allow for expansion. An Open Crate is one that (typically) uses lumber for sheathing. The sheathing is typically gapped by at various distances. There is no strict definition of an open crate as compared to a closed crate. Typically when the gap between boards is greater than the distance required for expansion, the crate would be considered an open crate. The gap between boards would typically not be greater than the width of the sheathing boards. When the gap is larger, the boards are often considered ‘cleats’ rather than sheathing thus rendering the crate unsheathed. An unsheathed crate is a frame crate. A Frame Crate is one that only contains a skeletal structure and no material is added for surface or pilferage protection. Typically an open crate will be constructed of 12 pieces of lumber, each along an outer edge of the content and more lumber placed diagonally to avoid distortion from torque.Ship Wooden crates

When any type crate reaches a certain size, more boards may be added. These boards are often called Cleats. A cleat is used to provide support to a panel when that panel has reached a size that is may require added support based on the method of transportation. Cleats may be placed anywhere between the edges of a given panel. On crates, cleat placement is often determined by the width of the plywood used on plywood sheathed crates. On other crates, cleats are often evenly spaced as required to strengthen the panel. Sometimes two cleats are added across the top panel of a crate placed as needed to give the top of the crate added strength where lifting chains or straps may press on the crate while lifting.

Cleats may have more specific names based on added benefit they provide. Some published standards only use those more descriptive terms and may never refer to these various lumber components as cleats. For example, lumber placed under the top of a wood container to add support for a large top are called “joists”. Lumber is built into the mid-section of the top of a wood container to strengthen the top are called “cleats”. When the cleats are enlarged and constructed to support a large top, they may generically be termed “cleats” or more specifically be termed “joists”.

“Skids” or thick bottom runners, are sometimes specified to allow forklift trucks access for lifting.

Transportation methods and storage conditions must always be considered when designing a crate. Every step of the transportation chain will

result in different stresses from shock and vibration. Differences in pressure, temperature and humidity may not only adversely affect the content of the crate, but also will have an effect on the holding strength of the fasteners (mostly the nails and staples) in the crate.

Although the above definition most always stands true, there are many slightly altered or ‘sub-definitions’ used by and in various organizations,

agencies and documents. This is the result of the small size of the industry and the fact that a single, finite definition of an item that is different every time it is made can be difficult to define.

IATA, the International Air Transport Association, for example, doesn’t allow crates on airplanes because it defines a crate as an open transport container. Although a crate can be of the Open or Framed variety, having no sheathing, a Closed crate is not open and is equally as safe to ship in as a wooden box, which is allowed by IATA.

In general conversation, the term crate is often used to denote wooden boxes and crates simply to shorten the term however in commercial use; the misuse of the term could result in a container that is not suitable for its intended use.

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International Ocean Cargo Boston MA


Neighborhood Parcel is proud to announce the Successful launch of its newest International Cargo and ocean shipping service website. The International cargo and freight shipping site will allow businesses and consumers to take advantage of our wide network of ship carriers,
Airliners to get the best rates..

“Our Business continues to grow and we want to give our clients an opportunity to move their freight from point A to point B, fast and at affordable price” Said Mr. Bechat CEO of Neighborhood Parcel during Grand Opening Ceremony in Boston MA.

Neighborhood Parcel of Boston MA offers Ocean Cargo, Air Freight, Ground shipping both LTL and Full truck loads worldwide. Ocean Shipping service will allow Businesses and consumers to ship anything from Cars to household goods at affordable rates, car shipping can be done via RoRo or Container shipping. Household Items can be packages in skids or Wooden crates.
Our Air cargo service is reserved for time sensitive merchandise, our wide network of air carriers will give you the best possible rate for the shipment along with optional freight insurance. Small Air packages can be shipped Via FedEx or DHL at rates that are 20 to 60% below retail rates.

In addition to Air and ocean shipping, our Company provides customs solutions that fit all customer needs and budget. From dedicated access to our Executive desk to satisfaction guarantee. For more info on our ocean freight, Air cargo or Crate Service.


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International Shipping and Packaging


International Shipping and Packaging services

All About Shipping Carrier Choice:  DHL | FedEx | UPS | EMS | TNT

We provide you with one solution approach to your shipping needs, from packing to shipping and providing tracking numbers. We have negotiated great shipping discount rate with major carriers to be able to provide you with reliable service at reasonable cost.

The time has come to expand your business internationally. Whether you’re new to the global marketplace or new to international shipping with us, you’re in the right place. Working with Neighborhood Parcel can help you reduce the risk, complexity and cost of global trade.

Economic growth in emerging markets is creating a significant opportunity for American businesses. In today’s high-tech, high-efficiency world, customers across borders can be reached just as easily as customers next door. And wherever you plan on taking your business, we are ready with the tools and resources to help you get where you’re going, faster.

Expand Overseas

Where do you want to go? Whether you want to begin or expand your business internationally, Neighborhood Parcel can help you get there. Large service portfolio that allows you to chose the right carrier for your shipment, from letters to crates, nothing is too big or too small for us.

We ship hundreds of packages around the world using a vast network of carriers; we shop for the best rate and service. We strive to be your business partner, let us handle your shipping so you can focus on growing your business. Air cargo is ideal for all your time sensitive shipments, from flowers to overnight legal documents. International Shipping and Packaging


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