Shipping Personal Items in Winter

Shipping Personal Items in Winter

Santa isn’t the only one responsible for delivering very important things in extremely cold weather! Sometimes life demands that make an international move regardless of the weather. International shipping companies have experience transporting your personal belongings all over the globe in all kinds of weather, but customers can help protect their things by being informed about the special challenges of shipping personal items in extremely cold, wintery weather.

Severe weather and extreme cold impact in every form of shipping. Air freight can be delayed by icy runways, and it can take longer to load and unload planes. The cargo hold of an airplane doesn’t have the same level of temperature control as the passenger section. While cargo has some protection, it is limited.  Road and rail freight is also subject to delays. Their routes can be left impassable by snow, ice or flooding. Accidents are more common. Ocean freight also takes longer to load and unload in icy conditions. So international shipping companies can’t avoid the hazards and hassles of winter weather. But we can help make it easier by sharing information about how to prepare your shipment for maximum safety.

The two big issues in winter for shipping companies are delays and damage caused by extreme cold. Happily, you can take steps to minimize the impact on both fronts.

How You Can Protect Your Shipment

One of the main things to do when shipping personal items in winter is to allow extra time. November and December are extremely busy months for international shipping companies, and severe weather adds to the risk of delays. Don’t wait until the last minute. Whether you are sending a gift to a loved one abroad or shipping all of your worldly goods for an international move, send them early in case the shipment is delayed by storms, severe ice or snow, or an accident along the route.

Some items are especially vulnerable to damage in extreme cold. Wood and glass are at greater risk of cracking in freezing temperatures. You can protect them by using extra packing materials such as towels or blankets to insulate them. Whenever you pack anything, you should ensure it is dry. In winter, electronics can be vulnerable to condensation. Always seal boxes containing electronics completely. And when you unpack electronics, give them a day to acclimate to the new temperature before turning them on.

Musical instruments deserve a special mention. They are sensitive, delicate and often very expensive. Whenever possible, it is best to take them as carry-on luggage on your flight, and in winter that is even more important. If that isn’t possible, talk to professionals with expertise on your specific instrument about the best ways to keep it safe.

Shipping personal items in winter has some extra challenges. But when you are informed and prepared – and you’ve chosen an experienced international shipping company – your items should arrive safe and sound.

If you’re planning a move this winter, give us a call today to talk about how we can get your items there safely, no matter what the weather.


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