What is a crate ? case ? lift van ? pallet ?

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Crate                            Crate

                    case2Case                                                                            Wooden Cases or Liftvans

pallet_wrap

          Pallet with clear film wrapping

A liftvan (Or case) is a wooden or large specially strengthened cardboard box which is lifted by forklift.

Casing is normally required for motorbikes, valuable furniture,and artwork to ensure added protection from other cargo. All wood  used must be specially treated and be compliant with international shipping regulations. Casing generally costs 15~20,000 yen per cubic meter. Expensive but essential for valuable items. .

Advantages: High protection against damage.

Disadvantages: 1) Cost of casing  2) Increased volume = higher ocean freight  3) Added handling - opening and  disposal of case material.

MovingJapan has extensive experience with all these packing options.