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Businesses and residential clients rely on Craters & Freighters of Southern Chicago's expert packaging, crating, and shipping services. Craters & Freighters is the only crating company with all the details covered and can provide quotes that include pick-up, insurance coverage, packaging, crating, shipping, and delivery with one simple call!


Packaging is an important step in the shipping process. Proper packaging assures the the item will arrive at its destination in perfect condition. Our professional craters have years of experience working with a variety of packaging materials specially suited to the item they are packing. We choose from packaging products like EPE foam, EPE roll stock, PUE foam, vapor barrier, bracing, bubble wrap, glassine, etc based on the requirements of the packaging job.

International Shipping Costs

We are a certified ISPM crater. That means our crates are welcomed by customs officials all over the world. This is a one world economy and international shipping costs are a necessary part of business. International shipping is also an important part of people's personal lives. Whether you are shipping a painting or a huge machine, international shipping costs can be managed quickly and easily through Craters & Freighters.

Freight Shipping Services

Craters & Freighters specializes in freight shipping services around the world. We can handle small items, but freight shipping is our niche. If you are in need of freight shipping services, just contact us by phone, email, or fax. Freight shipping will no longer be a problem for you. Let us handle it for you.

ONE CALL DOES IT ALL for all your crating, packaging and shipping needs. 877.278.6378

Franchise Benefits:

Serving Southern Chicago Area Since 1998
We have expertise in:

Industrial & Commercial Crating
Engineering Services
Crating Electronics
Mil-Spec Crates
Museum Crating
Custom Crates
Show Crates
On-Site Crating
ISPM-15 Certified Crates
Vapor Barrier
Residential Packaging & Shipping
Specialized Cushioning
Corrugated Containers
International Shipping
Container Loading with Blocking & Bracing
Craters & Freighters will take care of your needs from pick up to delivery. We have shipped everything from priceless antiques to huge machinery.

We offer:

Free Quotes
Full Insurance Coverage
Worldwide Shipping
Curbside or Inside Delivery
We offer packaging and shipping services for:

Antique Dealers
Retail Stores
Furniture Stores
Asset Relocation Companies
Lease Returns
Telecom Companies
Medical Companies

Contact Information:
Phone: (815) 609-7201
Toll Free:(877) 278-6378
Fax: (815) 609-7203
14411 Coil Plus Drive, Unit B 101
Plainfield, IL 60544

Service Area

St. Charles
and Batavia
Burr Ridge
Downers Grove
Woodridge and
Oak Brook
La Grange
Carol Stream
Glen Ellyn
West Chicago
Glendale Heights
Tinley Park
Orland Park
Orland Hills
Evergreen Park
and many more!

What my customers think...

"This is a note to say thank you for your very fun and friendly help to facilitate getting the iron (mangler) off to me here in NYC. Our altar cloths haven't looked this good since the time they all came off of such devices. I'm convinced as I got right to it when it was in place. It was a bit of a challenge to get the hang of it at first, but like everything else after a couple of pieces, I won't say pro (yet), but not bad."

Thank you again.

George Bourbeau
Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament
Bayside, New York

"Just a little note to say that the 26 pieces were received yesterday at 9:30 AM. The skidding was fantastic, and the packaging and crating was very nice. Thank you all so much for all your effort to make this go as smoothly as it did. We will definitely call your company again in the future should we have something in the Chicago or surrounding area. Once again, THANK YOU for a job WELL DONE."

Bob Garbaccio
Director of Inventory
Centaur Gallery

"I just wanted to say thank you for the professional and courteous service I recently received. It was a pleasure to speak with Jackie as I continually called to ask if additional items could be added. I believe it was Joe and Jim who made the pick up on June 17, 2009. I did receive a note that they did pack my items. I was very happy with them and the wonderful packing they did as all items arrived undamaged."

Ralph Larson

"Hi Janet,

I was very impressed by the professional manner of the drivers you sent, and the care they took to ensure the safety of our artwork. The paperwork was all in order, as well, so I'm feeling confident that this transaction will proceed as smoothly as it began."

Wendy Schuman

“Dear Jackie,

I wanted to thank you so much again for making this process go smoothly for us! I'm thrilled at the end result and absolutely look forward to working with you again in the future! You are wonderful J Have an amazing rest of your week!”



“Dear Janet,

Last Thursday the container arrived and we unloaded the contents. Everything arrived in perfect condition, nothing had moved, and we were very impressed by the standard of packing and obvious care which had gone into the whole consignment.

Please pass on our compliments to your staff for a high-quality job, and needless to say I will be pleased to use your services again when the time comes, and would be pleased to be a reference for other potential customers.”

Our thanks once again,


AC Pilmer Automatic Music Ltd

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