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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.

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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 Crate Service in Boston MA


Crate Packaging for International shipping, crate for bikes, crates for Industrial parts, crates for bikes, crates for artwork, mainframes Etc..

Neighborhood Parcel can help you package your parcel in the correct container to meet all your exports needs. Our Crating service is second to none. Fast and reliable service for all your shipping needs and within your budget.

Crate Packaging Options

Crates, Boxes, and Containers in Wood, Plywood, Corrugated, or Wood/Corrugated.
Custom Skids and Pallets.

  • Domestic or Export (Certified HT products meeting ISPM 15 guidelines)
  • Assembled or Unassembled (KD)
  • Your Design, Commercial/Military, Single Use or Re-Useable
  • Single Unit or Short Runs
  • Standard or Shock/Vibration Protection
  • Crating / Packing Service at Your Location or Our Shop
  • “Just in Time” or Ahead of Time

Why choose Neighborhood Parcel ®:

  • Fast reliable service: 24Hrs Turnaround.
  • High quality products.
  • Custom fit jobs, no one size fits all approach.
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  • Convenience: One company to crate and ship your parcel.
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Boston International Ocean Air Cargo

Neighborhood Parcel is your choice for International Ocean, Air and Ground Cargo Freight service in the Boston area. We provide you with one solution approach to your shipping needs, from packing to shipping and providing tracking numbers. We have negotiated a great discount rate with major carriers to be able to provide you with reliable service at a reasonable cost. Freight and Air Cargo shipments from 1 to 10,000 pounds or more can easily move door-to-door or door-to-airport. Whether regular product, oversize, heavyweight or hazardous material shipments (restrictions apply), we ensure that the integrity of your shipment is maintained throughout the international move, taking all necessary steps to deliver your goods safely, on budget and on time.

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 international shipping so you can focus on growing your business

We ship a variety of items from business equipment and computer components to fragile antiques and collectibles, our distribution network interfaces with preferred carriers such as U.S. Postal Service, FedEx, DHL, Roadway and many more. By offering a choice of carriers, Neighborhood Parcel gives you the best solution to pack, ship and track your valuables every time. More info


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Ocean Cargo Shipping Service

Neighborhood Parcel specializes in providing expert international ocean freight Cargo shipping services to companies large and small. We are an integral part of our clients export departments, offering custom tailored ocean/sea freight logistics solutions for a wide variety of cargo. We offer all types of containerized shipping, from less than container loads to 20′, 40′ and refrigerated containers. We also offer highly personalized roll on roll off services for cars, trucks, and boats. Our International ocean shipping experts are available to provide you with fast quotes to all destinations worldwide.

International Air Cargo Shipping

At Neighborhood Parcel we understand that no two customers are the same. For the past 15 years, we have built a shipping company together with customers which provide tailored transportation solutions to meet your changing needs.  Our customization solutions give you the flexibility you need to quickly and efficiently transport your cargo around the world.


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