bass drumPak Mail Pittsburgh Crate & Ship is packing & shipping six beautiful (large and fragile) bass drums handmade by Andy Reamer of Pittsburgh’s Drummers Service. Drums are going to five orchestras around the country and one in Finland. We ship large, heavy, and awkward anywhere!

005Pak Mail Pittsburgh can pack and ship anything anywhere regardless of size, weight, or shape. Everything from pianos, exercise equipment, pool tables, chandeliers, sectional furniture, and hot tubs to ATVs, engines & truck parts, taxidermy, over-sized sculptures, stained glass windows, and canoes.

  • We provide pick-up and onsite packing services for residents and businesses in the Greater Pittsburgh, Western PA, Eastern Ohio, and Northern West Virginia
  • We utilize sophisticated packaging and crating software based on the size, weight, nature, and fragility of the items being shipped
  • We offer a choice of transport modes to meet your budget and delivery needs, and ship around the country and across the world We offer full-value shipping insurance

Kayak Going To Singapore

IMG_1730[1]IMG_1729[1]Looking for a container to safely ship your valued four-legged friend via air to locations in the US or around the world? Pak Mail Pittsburgh Crate & Ship offers custom, IATA-compliant crates that offer the maximum safety at a reasonable cost

  • We build custom crates that are fitted to the size and weight of your animal to minimize the shipping cost and maximize safety
  • All crates are heavy-duty and meet the strict International Air Transport Association (IATA) standards
  • Our custom crates can be picked-up from our Pittsburgh-area location or we can ship them to you.
  • Lead-time from order to delivery is approximately 10 business days
  • Email us at or call us at 724-382-5147 to receive a no obligation, free quote

IMG_1701Pak Mail Pittsburgh Crate & Ship is Western PA’s “go-to” company for packing, crating, and shipping all types of oil & gas drilling and processing equipment. We have the expertise and experience you can trust to handle all sizes and weights of equipment.

  •  We provide pick-up and onsite packing & crating services throughout the Greater Pittsburgh, Western Pennsylvania, and Eastern Ohio areas…we’ll come to you regardless of the remoteness of your location!
  • We engineer custom packing and crating solutions based on the dimensions, weight, fragility, value, destination, and special characteristics of the equipment being shipped using sophisticated software and the knowledge that comes with years of experience
  • IMG_1702We can supply ISPM-15 export certified crates
  • We offer a variety of shipping modes including motor, air, and ocean freight and discounted rates based on our franchise network’s buying power
  • We offer full-value shipping insurance

IMG_0232The best part of the shipping business is the variety of folks, items, and destinations you deal with. Here’s a quick sample from the past week:

  • Export crated and shipped a 900 lbs mechanical grapple going to Western Australia. As shown in the picture below, this awesome piece looks like the business end of of a tyrannosaurus rex!
  • Shipped ten beautiful works of art by local artist Michael Lotenero to the Morrison Gallery in Kent, CT
  • Picked-up and shipped to domestic and many international destinations lots purchased by 20 plus clients of Concept Art Gallery from the auction held on 10/27. Many of the paintings were from the estate of Jane Haskell, a very renowned Pittsburgh artist who passed away a year ago. We were very proud to have assisted Ms Haskell’s daughters in packing-up many of the remarkable pieces created by their mother.  Concept’s next auction is on December 6th.
  • Provided “last mile” delivery services for a logistics company coordinating the roll-out of a merchandising program to a national retailer. Stores visited ranged as far as Erie, PA and Johnstown, PA.
  • Crated and provided next-day transport services for a local art collector for a painting going to a restoration firm in Eastern PA. We received the call from this collector’s office on Tuesday afternoon, picked-up the piece & crated it that day, and transported on our own truck to deliver the next day.

Check out this New York Times Magazine  Article  on the Brazilian collector that purchased the three million plus records collection of Pittsburgh’s Paul Mawhinney. Pak Mail Pittsburgh Crate & Ship packed up this collection (eight 53′ trailers in all) that was sold to Zero Freitas of San Paulo. To quote one of the our packing crew, “digital music never seemed sweeter than after packing millions of heavy vinyl records”!

If variety is the spice of life, then this last week was a very savory time for us. Here’s a quick recap of the broad spectrum of projects we worked-on and completed in the past week:

– packed up and air freighted an 18 foot kayak to Singapore

-packed-up and transported to storage 90 pieces of artwork for the estate of a renown Pittsburgh artist

-manufactured and delivered 14 export crates to a local specialty steel manufacturer

-picked-up, packed, and shipped 5 “small moves” for a variety of clients

-packed-up and air freighted to Naples, Italy a 9′ x 6′ multi-media artwork for a local gallery

– picked-up, packed, and shipped a large order of rental religious items (statues, altar pieces, candle holders, tabernacle, and much more) from Church Connection going to a movie production in Bostom, MA plus sale items going to a monastery in Upstate New York

-received and delivered furniture items on behalf of two local interior designers

-worked on a containerizing and shipping project involving 55,000 lbs of fire-damaged recycling equipment going to Shanghai, China for reburbishing

-worked on the planning of a project involving the packing and shipping of the archive of a well-know local academic from Pittsburgh to a university in Germany

A busy week that reinforces our motto: We ship anything, anywhere! Hope your long-weekend is a restful as we plan our’s to be.


It is always a sad and emotional time when someone in your immediate family or a relative dies. These days, the tumult is compounded by the fact that families are widely dispersed around the country and the world. Among the host of challenges a family faces is the pragmatic problem of getting precious items distributed to family members that live outside of the immediate area. How do you get that set of china to a brother in Seattle? Or that dining room suite to a daughter in Atlanta? There are many shipping options, but often it is hard to select the right company to help you pack and send a wide range of things that may have both high sentimental and monetary value. Here are a few tips to find the right company that will meet your “real” estate shipping needs:


Traditional movers are great if you have at least 1500 -2000 lbs or more of furniture and household goods to transport. They have minimum weights in that range (and higher depending on the time of year…minimums can increase during busy periods like summer) that make them a good economical choice for larger estate moves.

Companies like Pak Mail Pittsburgh Crate & Ship may make more (dollars &) sense if you have a lower weight, fewer items, or multiple destinations for your items. Pack and ship companies use national freight carriers that don’t have weight minimums and deliver to any point in the USA in a matter of days. They also ship internationally using both ocean and air carriers. Some companies like Pak Mail Pittsburgh are also authorized shippers for UPS and FedEx, so they are able to handle the smallest items you may need to send. Regardless of whom you are considering, CHECK THEM OUT! Use the internet to look at customer reviews and to filter out “bad actors”. Talk directly with companies you are considering, and don’t hesitate to ask about whom they are affiliated with and if they have a local office you can deal with directly. Good sources to find reputable companies may be the administrators of care facilities, local senior care professionals, estate lawyers, and organizations like NASSM (National Association of Senior Move Managers) or NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) that are involved in all facets of senior transitions and have local, knowledgeable members.


Managing all the aspects of an estate distribution is emotional and traumatic enough without having to deal with service companies that try to impose their schedule on an already difficult process. Be upfront and candid in outlining your timing and scheduling needs during the selection process and chose to deal with companies that can provide answers on a timely basis and real service guarantees. Judge candidate companies on how quickly they respond to your inquiries and how well they address your particular needs in terms of both cost and service.


Most reputable companies including Pak Mail Pittsburgh Crate & Ship will provide detailed, timely quotations promptly and without obligation and without “high-pressured” sales tactics. Reputable companies will offer an in-home visit to determine what your true needs are and to develop accurate costing. Beware of companies that offer “low-ball special” costing that is designed to entice, but will certainly not be in any way reflective of your final price. Pak Mail Pittsburgh prides itself in providing accurate quotes to prospective clients that incorporate full and transparent costing.


Select a company that can provide the services you truly want and need. There are significant savings to be had if you select a company that allows you the options of 1) packing your own boxes and 2) accepting curbside delivery (versus more expensive inside “white glove” delivery”) to name a few. Pak Mail Pittsburgh has a menu of services that allows you to chose only those services that meet your needs and your budget. We provide a variety packing, shipping, and delivery choices that cover the fullest range of services designed for all situations.



Concept Art Gallery is conducting a two-day auction of estate antiques, fine art, and modern design pieces on May 9th and 10th. Check-out their website  for all the great pieces available for online purchase. If you are are an out-of-town (or country) online buyer,  we can handle all your shipping needs. Here’s a link to all our services that we can provide to you.

A couple of Pittsburgh auction houses that we do extensive packing and shipping work for are having sales this weekend. Dargate Auction Galleries ( are having their first auction of the year from February 21st to February 23rd. The selection of items range from Persian rugs and Chinese porcelain to fine art and high-end lighting. Concept Art Gallery ( usher in 2014 with an auction on February 22nd with an extensive selection from three prominent area consignors: Nachum Golan, Gil Walsh, and Jane Roesch. Both auctions houses cater to out-of-town clients  across the USA and  around the world and we help by providing packing and shipping, crating and freighting, and full-value shipping insurance services.

For ongoing coverage of auction events in the Pittsburgh area check out John Altdorfer’s “Auction Watch” features in the Tribune Review-Review and on Twitter.