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Do you know the Protective Measures Inside a Crate?


To protect your merchandise during transport requires some layers of protection. In this post, we will look inside the crate and realize how much work is needed to ensure that your items arrive safely at their destination.


The first layer, in many cases is a wood crate. Generally this is a custom wood crate specifically designed to maximize the protection of the merchandise being shipped. Customized wood pallets and skids may also be used.

But that’s just the outside portion because it is important to consider the measures inside a crate that keep items from moving during transport. We going to review some of them:


Blocking and Bracing


Blocking and bracing complement an adequate protection for cargo. Commonly used to ensure that items, especially large and heavy ones to keep their position during transport avoiding damage.


Most of the time just filling the empty space around a crated item with loose material is not enough to prevent it from moving. It is more efficient once the item is into its crate or onto a wood pallet make use of strong protective materials as wood blocks or cradles that combined isolate the cargo from any sudden movement.


It doesn’t matter what the commodity and its specs, when blocking and bracing techniques are applied carefully and professionally, the protection of the cargo is high.


Blocking and Bracing

Product-Specific Packaging Solutions

There are several types of packaging that provide another layer of protection for cargo that will be transported. These materials are selected based on the nature of the items, and can include:


  • Specialized cushioning. For some merchandise, it’s essential to minimize vibration and potential impacts experienced in transportation environments and ensure that the items don’t come into contact with each other or the walls of the container. Customized cushioning can be used for that aim. For light and delicate components, a polyurethane foam is usually utilized.
  • Anti-static material. Electrostatic discharge can damage sensitive electronics. Anyhow, many anti-static packaging materials can be used to avoid that issue. They involve anti-static stretch wrap, buttle wrap, foam, and barriers.
  • Heat shrink wrapping. This plastic material can be used to cover a product and then heated and shrunk so that it forms a snug barrier. Not only can heat shrink wrapping be utilized to secure merchandise to a deck or pallet during transport, the material is frequently used as an cost-effective alternative to protect products that will be in storage.
  • Vapor barrier. Many types of merchandise, like electronics or those with bare metal surfaces, can be affected from moisture. Especially when they are transported by ship. VCI (volatile corrosion inhibitor) bags are often used to protect items during ocean transport. The bag surrounds the product and then the air is removed from inside it with a special vacuum mechanism. Activated desiccants can also be used to absorb moisture and humidity indicator cards to monitor humidity.


With the three levels of protection described above, the risk of damage to shipped items is greatly cut down.

Corrugated Containers or Hard Shell Cases and Proper Packaging

For some products, the combination of a heavy duty, double-walled corrugated container combined with the suitable packaging materials is an effective shipping solution. Items can also be placed inside hard shell cases lined with polyurethane, which can be custom cut to form an exact fit.

What Protective Measures Are Needed

While your knowledge of a shipped item’s characteristics is important, you don’t have to be a specialty crating and packaging expert to get your item safely to its destination. That’s our job.


In CARGO CARE SERVICES we develop a crating and packaging strategy specifically for each item. We advise you with the best solution to ensure your assets won’t be damaged. We also offer full cargo insurance to cover shipments in the event of additional damages or losses.


We can assist you with your packaging and crating needs for your nationwide and international shipments from the US. GET A QUOTE!

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What are the advantages of hiring fulfillment services?


Fulfillment service is a third-party warehouse in charge of managing your inventory, at the same time that it arranges and sends your orders to your clients. In this post we will take a closer look at the advantages of using order fulfillment services for your business.

1. Avoid Sale Fluctuations

Many outsourcing fulfillment offers flexible pricing. When you’re going through a slow period, or a period where you grow too much, they’ll be able to adapt to your needs.

When you have a fluctuation, you should hire staff to deal with it, order more equipment, and more warehouse space will have to be leased. Once it’s over you will have too much extra of all of these things when you don’t necessarily need.

An order fulfillment company will keep all of this regulated so you won’t have to deal with this issue.

2. Be more effective

If you let an order fulfillment company take care of all the big details as they manage your inventory, dispatch orders, and handle your logistics in general, you can rest assured that everything will be arranged well and you are able to focus on the most important activity—growing your business and provide an excellent customer service.


3. Save Money

Going with an outsourcing company can save you money in the long term.

As they’re working at a larger scale than you, you can benefit from their logistics costs. By outsourcing fulfillment, you can eliminate overhead costs and begin sharing space and resources with hundreds or even thousands of other sellers.

4. Improve Your Scalability

As your business grows in size, it can become overwhelming to manage it.

If you hire fulfillment services, you’ll be better equipped to handle an increase or perhaps even a massive seasonal influx of orders.

5. Protect your business name

You have to make sure your products and after-sales service are exceptional. This is one of the central benefits of using 3PL warehouse storage. If you hire fulfillment services, your inventory will be professionally managed and shipped when it’s necessary, resulting in minimum risks of incomplete orders or late shipments.

Should You hire Fulfillment Services?


By hiring fulfillment services, you will gain the experience of their employees as well as their software and equipment and your fulfillment process can become seamless.


Order fulfillment service providers can help you put more time and energy into your company. They have the experience and manpower needed to handle a sudden increase in your sales, and they can save you money in the long run.


At CARGO CARE SERVICES we count on partners specializing in fulfillment services included among our WAREHOUSING AND DISTRIBUTION SERVICES NATIONWIDE.


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What to consider before buying Cargo Insurance?


There are certain questions that you need to have in mind before buying cargo insurance to be sure that you are getting the right insurance. In the following sections, we will look at some questions you should better know the answers before purchasing Cargo Insurance.

Does your current carrier cover damages?

It might. It might not. Coverage can vary greatly as you may know carrier liability is very restrictive. If you don’t want to be fully responsible for the cost choose all-risk, full-value cargo insurance– it is the smartest choice. This way your insurance covers 100% of any damage that occurs and pays directly for the physical loss/damage of your item.

What about the rate?

You should make sure that you are getting a good rate, but the cheapest doesn’t mean you will have the better. Perhaps you have to shop around a bit before picking a cargo insurance provider to take your time comparing rates with coverage and service, especially in handling claims.

How about payouts?

If possible, you want your claim remediated as soon as possible. So, you will prefer working with a vendor who offers a fast and easy way to resolve claims.

Who would be responsible for filing the claim?

Adding cargo insurance with a company specialized in that is an affordable way to deal with those problems and get your money back because they will lead this process.

What is the time allowed to report damage to a shipment?

You will find cargo insurance providers only allow a few days for discovery of the damage and filing of the claim. Thus, your aim should be to find a provider that allows up to thirty days at least for reporting damage after the shipment reaches its destination.

Does the insurance provider have enough experience?

You should ideally purchase cargo insurance from someone who has experience insuring different transportation modes and international movement of goods. This way you will have the assurance that insurance providers will be able to offer the correct solution for your needs.


CARGO CARE SERVICES offers cargo insurance for your domestic ( USA) and international shipments. We have experience in ocean, air, and ground transport cargo insurance. We place your risk with the best insurance companies to assist you with the best rates, coverage, and service.


Let us know your needs, it will be a pleasure to assist you!

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Types of Warehouses, which one is better for you?


In a few words, a warehouse is a large building where products and materials are temporarily stored before being sold or exported. A large variety of businesses might need access to warehouses.

When a company identifies a need for a warehouse, they should explore the different types of warehouses to choose the best one for their specific products.


Let’s explore the most common types of warehouses. Each warehouse type will be utilized for a different type of business, so choosing the best warehouse for your business needs is an important step in your supply chain.


Distribution centers hold products for a short period of time and see a much higher velocity of products coming in and going out. Products move within a distribution center much quicker than in a typical warehouse, goods are procured from multiple suppliers and are quickly transferred to various customers

Those are very customer-centric and are typically located close to where the end user is, so they receive products quickly. A distribution center may also provide value-added services, such as cross docking, pick and pack services, labeling or packaging. Because a distribution center offers more services than a warehouse, they are also equipped with much more modern technology to make the processes easier.

Generally affordable for companies that sell to wholesalers.


A smart warehouse is a warehouse where the storage and fulfillment processes are automated with AI, such as robots and drones. These warehouses use automation systems and interconnected technologies to receive products, put them away, pick them for orders, ship them, and keep an accurate inventory count. This type of warehouse use technology to increase production, decrease errors, and minimize the number of humans needed to run the warehouse.

Smart warehouses have been a go-to option for large e-commerce companies such as Amazon and Alibaba that seek to make their order fulfillment and inventory management a more accurate and expedited process.



Cold storage stores temperature-sensitive products at low temperatures. Those allow medicines, perishable foods, plants, cosmetics, artwork, and candles to have longer lives. It might include an entire building or even a specific portion of a warehouse that can accommodate these goods.

It is great if you are into perishable business, climate-controlled warehouses are a must to keep your items fresh. It is also attractive for businesses that require certain conditions for rare products, such as artwork or plants, and commonly it is used by pharmaceutical companies.


types of warehouses


A growing trend in warehousing is on-demand storage due to online commerce. These warehouses connect businesses with a need for warehouse space (temporary, seasonal, or to handle spikes in sales) with warehouses that have excess space.

This type of warehouse is great for merchants that are willing to combine their inventory needs. Also is great for businesses dealing with a sudden spike in inventory. It is Cost-effective for seasonal or temporary warehousing needs



Also called “customs” warehouses, a bonded warehouse is a type of storage is used to store imported goods before customs duties are levied on them. There are different types of bonded warehouses, facilities tend to be versatile to accommodate a large variety of products.


Bonded warehouses are perfect for importers, as they can keep their goods duty-free even for a long period until they find their customers. Such warehouses play a crucial role in cross-border trade, making them ideal for businesses involved in international trade.



Public warehouses are the ones owned by the government, semi-government bodies, or a third-party. They are rented to private sector companies to stock up on goods upon paying a certain amount of rent.

This type of warehouse is a great option due to its affordability and accessibility, for small businesses and eCommerce startups that are not in a position to own a warehouse and need to store goods for a short time.


Private warehouses are privately owned by large retail companies, wholesalers, manufacturers or distributors that need a significant long-term presence in a specific region. These private companies purchase/manufacture products in bulk for a peak season and store them in the warehouse for the systematic distribution of orders that are bound to come their way.

This kind of warehouse also known as proprietary warehousing, requires capital investments by the owner, hence it’s best for established companies. Although it warrants investment in the beginning it turns out to be exceedingly cost-effective in the long run.


Which Warehouse Is The Best For You?

Each warehouse has a purpose of its own. Whichever warehouse you opt for, ensure to keep both your short-term as well as long-term warehousing needs in mind.


If you need warehousing services, CARGO CARE SERVICES can assist. We specialize in Public Warehouses, Bonded Warehouses, Distribution Centers, and Temperature control storage.


Contact us to learn more about our warehouses nationwide. We offer full-service warehouse management, inventory, and order fulfillment services, that help your business run leaner and more effectively.


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Difficult Job? we can handle it, check out!

In the logistics sector, we may find people and companies with difficult to ship freight. This post will be used to describe the categories of difficult-to-ship freight along with how we were able to help our customers with their cargoes.


Hazmat Transload in LA

We have a special project from a customer in Los Angeles that needed transloading services for Hazmat 6.1 (poisonous freight) which is something not all warehouses with hazmat certification are able to handle. We have received already 20 containers since last year, unload 19 regular pallets, store from some weeks and then the customer will pick them all together, we have even needed to rebuild pallets, dump some product as it arrived wet and leaking from origin, our team is equipped and able to handle all inconveniences during the job.

handle all inconveniences during the job.


Cargo to be loaded on 4×40’FR

We received one request from one of our valued customers willing to load 4×40’FRs in Houston, each piece weighted 50,000lbs each with dims of 126x100x115inche each. We needed special equipment for these to be handled so we needed to schedule a crane to be on site by the time the trucker arrived with the freight to the warehouse. We coordinated it with our customer however we faced some difficulties such as, steamship lines moving the cutoff dates, the shipper not having the freight ready on time etc. we finally managed to have these loaded on time and ready to ship. managed to have these loaded on time and ready to ship.


Air Project transload

One of the big projects we also had to work in was some big, crated machinery pieces that needed transloading as the airport was not able to load them in 53’trailers however the consignee would only be able to unload from 53’trailers. We had to pick up from the airport on Flatbed trucks, take them to the warehouse and then schedule 53’trailers with swing doors, load the freight inside and deliver under an appt to the site, they needed to be on a specific date as these pieces were for some machinery and the engineers came from abroad to the US so it was a very time sensitive case.


Computer graphic cards to Hong Kong

When a shipment has a high value there is always a risk that something could happen to the cargo and lost millions of dollars. So, it is important to hire a CARGO INSURANCE, we provide affordable but comprehensive cargo insurance to give owners peace of mind when shipping.

Recently, we insured a high-value shipment of Computer graphic cards and Memory cards from Hong Kong to St George UT, with a commercial value of $6.000.000 USD in 18 pallets. We insured it successfully and without claims.


We have handled very fragile commodities to insure. One of our current customers is shipping Custom Glass Fixtures with a commercial value of $5.000.000 USD from NY to CO, packed in wooden crates. We’ve insured this commodity several times, we have a lot of experience.

Other difficult transloading jobs…

Transloading of a plane fuselage at Houston

Transloading with a crane at Savannah

As you can see by these examples, CARGO CARE SERVICES has extensive experience handling special projects and we could be that reliable ally that you needed so much.

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What does cargo insurance not cover?

As you may know, Cargo insurance is a type of insurance that compensates a buyer or seller of goods against cargo damage or loss of cargo as the carrier’s liability is usually not enough to cover the value of the freight. That’s why it’s important to consider cargo insurance for your cargo, it not only allows you to save time and money but sleep well and have peace of mind when a loss or damage occurs.

Through this article, you will learn more about cargo insurance and what it doesn’t cover.

What are the benefits of Cargo Insurance?

The main advantage of cargo insurance is that you minimize your financial loss even if your shipment is damaged or lost. The small investment (the premium) you pay provides peace of mind when your freight is in transit. Also, your cash flow is protected from unforeseen issues.

What does cargo insurance not cover?

Cargo insurance doesn’t cover risks and issues that the shipper has control over it. It is important to keep this in mind so you decrease the chances of your freight being damaged or lost, for instance an insufficient packaging, shipping delays, an incomplete or incorrect shipping product, among others.

And generally, policies exclude:

  • Damage due to inadequate packaging. If any damage to your freight is traced back to improper packaging of your freight, the policy won’t cover you.
  • Damage due to flawed products. If the carrier can demostrate that the damage was because of faulty items inside your freight, the policy won’t pay you back.
  • Certain types of freight. Some commodities as hazardous materials, certain electronic products, and other highly-valuable or fragile products, may be excluded or depending on your insurer can have other conditions.
  • Some modes of transportation. Some policies may only cover your cargo when it is onboard a ship, a plane, or a truck.

The insurance industry does not have standard cargo insurance guidelines, so exclusions and inclusions vary widely.

What does cargo insurance not cover?

How to make a claim

Carriers are assumed to be not liable for the damage or loss until proven otherwise. They also would do everything to reduce their responsibility or avoid it beforehand and you can see their limitations in the fine print of the Bill of Lading.

Therefore, it is up to you to prove that the damage or loss happened under their custody or they were careless in handling your shipment. And when you do it successfully, your claim is approved and the insurance company pays you.

There are also details about your shipment that you need to recapture when you make a claim, which are:

  • Inventory number. The amount as stated in the inventory list given by your insurance provider.
  • Item’s room. It means the location of your item before it was packed.
  • Item description. Indicate all the details about the item, like its dimensions, weight, visual indicators and accessories.
  • Damage. Describe what and where the damage occurred in your products.
  • Item age & date of purchase. If you don’t have any production records, estimate how old the item is inside and the date you bought it.
  • Original and replacement cost. Write the original cost accurately and find out about the price of an item comparable to yours to determine the replacement cost.
  • Claim amount. If your claim is for damage, only indicate the cost to fix it. In case your claim is for loss, indicate the cost of your product or the amount established in the inventory. You may also be required to provide a proof of ownership or value by the underwriter of your policy.

Work with a specialized company with cargo insurance experience

As with any insurance policy, it helps to work with insurers and brokers who have experience they will have better insight into your risks. In CARGO CARE SERVICES we have 14 years of experience in the cargo insurance sector, placed your risk with the most liable brokers and insurance companies in the industry. We are able to assist you from the issuance of the certificate to the claim process with the insurer if it arises.


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What are the requirements to export with wooden packaging?


The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulates importing wood and wood products because of the risk of insect infestations with negative effects on the environment. This also applies to wooden pallets and crates, in this post we will review some of the requirements that have to be fulfilled.



International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures No. 15 (ISPM 15) – Developed by IPCC (International Plant Protection Convention) to address the need for wooden pallets and packaging to be fumigated.This is to prevent infestation of foreign insects.


ISPM wooden packaging must be made from debarked wood and then treated with either heat or methyl bromide to ensure that they cannot be reinfested and that they remain pest-free. Most of the world’s largest economies have adopted and implemented ISPM-15, and it is the only international pallet requirement for export.


After the wood is treated, it is stamped or branded with the internationally recognized IPPC stamp. The treatment method used and country of origin of WPM is also indicated by the mark.



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Understanding treatment requirements for solid wood packaging, such as wood pallets, and crates, you can prevent the inconvenience and cost of having your shipment quarantined at international ports of entry, by hiring a vendor specialized in packaging and crating services.

Planning to use wooden packaging?

  • Make sure they have been fumigated and stamped by your provider.
  • Regulations require an IPCC Stamp – Request a stamp on both sides. It Certifies that the wood materials have undergone processing necessary to eliminate insects and fungus.


Wood packaging material without the IPCC stamp or found infested with insects would be in violation of the regulations put in place by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) – a division of the USDA. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) would then assess a penalty to the responsible party.

Contact CARGO CARE SERVICES for Packaging and Crating Services

We have a network throughout the United States in order to assist you with your palletizing, packaging and crating needs, we are able to provide you with a price given the zip code, and cargo details.


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8 Reasons to Consider Miami Warehousing

Most companies accumulate inventory or other things that their main location simply can’t hold. Even if you have a storage area, if it is not well managed, things can get lost or damaged. If you feel like storage is becoming a problem for your business, you may want to consider Warehousing Solutions in Miami.

Miami is an ideal location for warehousing and logistics services, supply chain, and distribution companies, every important logistics integrator is located in Miami. Additionally, if we talk about wholesale trade, the transportation and logistics industry in Florida has more than 71,600 companies and employs over half a million people around the state.

Here are a few wonderful benefits and knowledge that having a warehousing service in Miami can provide to you and your company:

1. Free Space

The most obvious advantage is getting your space back. Cluttered shops and workspaces hurt productivity. By using a warehousing service you can reclaim your space and know where everything is.

2. Opportunity to Expand

Once your space is free, you can use it however you like. You will essentially be adding value to your space, increasing the amount of usable square footage.

3. Managed Inventory

You will know exactly what you have. You can also have your shipments sent directly to the warehouse, where they will be processed and checked in. This leaves you free to work on your business, rather than bogged down with inventory management.

4. Unlimited Storage

By outsourcing your warehousing needs, you will have flexibility. Instead of being stuck with a storage unit or buying your own warehouse, you don’t have to incur major costs to expand your storage.

Warehousing Miami

5. Security

The warehouse facility is pretty secure as well as insured. It makes sure the safety of your goods. These services also are handled by professionals who are trustworthy.

6. Reduce Overhead

Hiring 3PL services can be quite favorable for your business as it eliminates the extra costs of maintaining your own warehouse and employees. You are free to grow your business. We are able to adapt along with you to accommodate your needs.

7. Expertise

3PLs that are experts in warehousing, fulfillment, and distribution, understand your requirements as they have years of experience in their industries. So, you will rest assured about your warehousing requirements will be met.

8. Better Customer Service

Having several resources and time on your hands will make it easy for you to focus on your clients and in providing them with better quality goods and communication. Also, these services will help you with meeting your customer’s needs by keeping them satisfied.

With CARGO CARE SERVICES you just need to pay for space and then you may use it. This is why access to a public warehouse can be so beneficial to you. This is made affordable when the cost is shared across multiple businesses that share the same public warehouse.

Contact us to discuss your Warehousing project in Miami and our pricing.

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Types of Bonded Warehouses

A customs bonded warehouse, or bonded warehouse, is a secure storage facility that is free from import duties. While in the bonded warehouse, the manipulation of duty-free merchandise is highly regulated. Usually, cargo stored in most types of bonded warehouses cannot be used in any significant manufacturing process, and in some cases is only allowed to be stored for some period of time.

In this post, we are going to explain some types of bonded warehouses:

CFS Bonded Warehouse

A container freight station (CFS) is a facility where ocean or air freight can be transferred directly from the destination port or airport.This is primarily used to de-consolidate inbound consolidated shipments whether arriving via air freight or Container loads. The CFS is also used to bring in in-bond (7512) in-transit freight to be stored. Freight can only be stored within a CFS for up to 10 days. If the freight does not ship out within 10 days Customs will seize the freight.

IBEC Bonded Warehouse

In-Bond Export Consolidation (IBEC) facility is very similar to the above CFS but the freight can store up to 30 days and it’s also on a Customs in-bond 7512 form. This Bonded Warehouse is used to consolidate in-bond freight that’s pending to be exported therefore, they give you 30 days to store it instead of 10 days.

Types of bonded warehouses

Class Three Traditional Bonded Warehouse

This type of Customs Bonded Warehouse requires a formal 7501 Customs entry into the Bonded Warehouse. A Customs power of attorney is needed from the importer to make this formal entry. The formal entry also requires a Customs Bond. Freight within this Bonded Warehouse must be stored at the Customs entry number level and can be stored for up to five years.

Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ)

FTZ is a type of Customs Warehouse that gives you a lot of flexibility. It requires a Customs 214 and tally in form to get the goods entered into the FTZ. The freight within the FTZ can be stored at the SKU level if it is your desire (does not have to store at the entry number level). This freight can be commingled with Domestic freight. Freight within an FTZ can be stored as long as you like without any time limits.

If you need a bonded warehouse you should contact CARGO CARE SERVICES, we have facilities close to the ports/airports in the United States. CHECK AVAILABILITY!

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General Freight Inspection vs NCB inspection

When you need to inspect cargo, there are a few considerations you need to check before sending a quote request to one company or another. In our new post, we are going to differentiate when a General Freight Inspection or an NCB Inspection is convenient.

What is a General Freight Inspection?

A general freight inspection consists of visual verification of quantity, quality, packaging, serial or reference numbers, marks, and the overall condition of the merchandise to fulfill customer requirements, and it does not matter what commodity is as this inspection is not technical and testing of the product is not carried out. A report is issued by the inspector with the findings found including pictures.

It includes a report with pictures of cargo mentioning:

  • Packaging and crating of the product.
  • The characteristics of the cargo: type, quantity, serial number, dimensions, weight, status, and any problems related to it.
  • Certificate the good condition of the cargo.
  • Verify that the cargo is well accommodated and balanced on the transport.

What is an NCB inspection?

NCB inspections are performed by the National Cargo Bureau, Inc. which is a marine surveying organization in charge of assisting the U.S. Coast Guard in carrying out the provisions of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea. By assignment and under the authority of the United States Coast Guard, the certificates issued by National Cargo Bureau, Inc. may be accepted as a prima facie evidence of compliance with the provisions of the Dangerous Cargo Act and the Rules and Regulations for Bulk Grain Cargo.

This kind of Container/ Cargo Inspections can be:

  • Hazardous Container/Tank Inspections
  • General Cargo/Container Tank Inspections
  • Container Structural Serviceability Inspections
  • Flat Rack Securing Inspections
  • Container Packing/Securing Inspections
  • Cargo Condition and Measurement Surveys
  • Damaged Cargo Surveys
  • Hazmat/Dangerous Goods Incident Surveys
  • Radioactive/Explosive Cargo Surveys – Port & USCG Permits
  • Ro-Ro Cargo Surveys.

Therefore, if you need any of the inspections mentioned above you should contact National Cargo Bureau directly. These inspections must be handled by certified inspectors that no other organization can offer as they are specialists in this field.

On the other hand, if you need a General Freight Inspection CARGO CARE SERVICES can assist with Pre-Shipment Cargo Inspection and Cargo Inspection when claims or damages are reported, throughout the United States. CONTACT US FOR A QUOTE!

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