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  • Taylor Wise

Wooden Crates: The Benefits and Versatility of an Industry Staple

Wood is one of the world’s most prolific commodities.

Through the centuries, we’ve depended on wood for everything from home construction to furniture production. It’s no different in the shipping industry where wooden crates have been a standard for hundreds of years. The wooden shipping crate traces back to 10th century Europe where it became an industry staple because of its strength and durability.

In a world where the word “shipping” conjures up images of huge, metal containers, there’s a reason why wooden crates are still thriving. While both wooden crates and shipping containers are used for transportation and storage, understanding their strengths can help determine which one is right for your specific needs. Below we’ve listed some of the benefits wood crates:

Strength and Durability

Wood is renowned for its sturdiness. Wooden crates have a design intended to sustain an intense amount of vertical pressure. A crate has a self-supporting structure, with or without sheathing. This durability makes wooden crates much more reliable and more supportive than merely a wooden box. Their design lends itself to easy stacking, which maximizes the use of space both in shipping and at storage facilities.


Wood can withstand a variety of climate conditions. It is essential to consider climate, since freight faces exposure to a wide range of weather conditions during the shipping process. If your goods are sensitive to heat or extreme temperatures, wooden crates are the superior option. Steel containers conduct heat, which could compromise the integrity of your products.


If you need to ship something, wooden crates are most likely the most cost-effective option. Since wooden crates are lighter than steel, they are often easier and cheaper to move. If you need to move a large item securely, chances are a wooden crate will be your most cost-effective option.


Wooden crates are all-natural and free of many toxic chemicals that exist in processed shipping containers. These crates are also reusable, which minimizes your company’s impact on the environment. Furthermore, old wooden crates can be repurposed for other uses when they are no longer needed for shipping.


One of the unique aspects of wooden crates is their ability to be customizable. Since wood is manipulatable in almost any direction, you can transport uniquely shaped items securely. Whether it’s an expensive antique painting or offshore drilling equipment, wooden crates can provide the type of customizability needed for one-of-a-kind goods.

Wooden crates are more than a shipping tradition.

They offer the ability to have one-of-a-kind designs, unique climate protection, and overall strength and sustainability. At Salty Dog Packing Company, we offer a variety of wooden crates to ship domestically and internationally. Each of our products are carefully maintained to comply with international standards. Learn more about the products and services we offer here or email us at



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