televisions by freight
Shipping Televisions (CAUTION !!!)
We frequently receive requests to freight televisions by domestic truck or international air.
1. Most domestic freight carriers will require that the boxed LED/LCD television be placed on a pallet. Unless you custom cut your own pallet, they will typically strap it to a 48.40 inch pallet resulting in the width of your shipment being a 40 inches rather than 8-12 inches and at the same time adding 5-6 inches of height.
EXAMPLE: 50*36*10 inch box @ 40 lbs is now 80 lbs of actual weight (40 lb pallet plus boxed TV) plus a chargeable weight of 50*40*42 / 166 = 506 lbs. The result will be at least a doubling of the freight charges.
2. crating is a preferred option, but can significantly increase the actual weight by 60-100 lbs. Even with a crate a LED/LCD can show arrive at destination looking fine until it is plugged in and the viewer discovers a line running down the screen possibly due to vibration in transport.
3. air cargo will accept boxed televisions, but at the very least you want to use the original packing, a shipping box designed for a television or a crate.
AFFORDABLE CRATE OPTION: cut 1/4 inch plywood the length and height of the inside of the television box and slip inside the cardboard front and back. It will add less weight than a crate, but add significant protection for the screen. We actually require this for any screen leaving our terminal and going overseas.
4. INSURANCE: Most freight policies have a deductible of $300-500 USD. If you ship a used $1000.00 television, expect the adjuster to reduce the claim significantly based upon depreciation and then by the deductible.
5. Shipping with other cargo: placing a boxed television on a pallet and surrounding it with boxes, bags and suitcases will also significantly reduce the probability of damage.