A good shipping service for large computers?

Todd Goodman tsg at bonedaddy.net
Sat Nov 26 11:34:49 CST 2016

* Noel Chiappa <jnc at mercury.lcs.mit.edu> [161126 11:05]:
>     > From: Todd Goodman
>     > Did you have any issues with customs bringing in the racked equipment
>     > from Toronto?
> No; it just sailed right through. The fact that it was Canada->US probably
> helped.

Well, I've had problems with US Customs coming back into the US from
Canada as well (not to mention from the US into Canada but that wasn't
about computer equipment.)

> IIRC PakMail in Toronto picked a customs broker - or maybe we were talking
> about doing that, and he decided we needn't bother? I forget now.

That's good to know!

>     > Both times the carrier knew it was unpalleted computer equipment and
>     > did a good job using blankets and strapping them into the trucks.
>     > ...
>     > The other carrier did a great job .. They mostly ship antiques and
>     > pianos and other items that can be fragile and not palleted
>     > ...
>     > Both were very competitively priced in my experience.
> Sounds like these were both so-called 'white glove' shippers, who do things
> like furniture, etc.

Yes indeed.

> Those are also an option, but in my experience, somewhat more expensive: when
> I was shipping a pair of -11/84's from California to Virginia, the shipping
> cost just about doubled when I had to switch from freight to 'white glove' for
> them. Hence my advice to palletize stuff, and send it freight (at least for
> cross-continent, where the difference really adds up).

These were on uShip where the carriers bid on your shipment so the
prices were really very reasonable compared to even regular LTL


> 	Noel

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