Multi Interest Service Corp

Multi Interest Service Corp We are packing experts! We custom fabricate skids and crates for both domestic and international (IPPC Compliant) shipping. We primarily serve Central Virginia. We can also assist with shipping services.

We are a customs bonded warehouse handling LCL (less than container ocean freight). Upon clearance of the import freight, we can provide door delivery service. We offer packing service for domestic and international freight. We specialize in fabricating IPPC (export) compliant skids and crates. We work with both residential and commercial customers. Our services are ala carte. We can provide door to door service. We can do on-site packing and crating. We can guide you on the documentation requirements for exports. We have a great transport network and can move your consignment domestically. We are certified for hazmat packing by air, sea or land. We provide milspec packing for customers shipping to the US govt.

Mission: To please the customer. Our industry is very time sensitive. We work very hard to complete projects to meet agreed upon requirements.

Operating as usual

08/07/2017

Large Container Ships

The largest container ship to ever call on the US east coast began regular service in May of this year. The COSCO Development has a capacity for 13,092 TEU (Twenty foot container equivalents). Norfolk is one of 4 ports on the East Coast presently capable of handling this size ship. The COSCO Development moves regularly between Asia and the East Coast ports. She was built in 2011 and is classified as an Ultra Large Container Vessel (ULCV). When she does move through Norfolk port, the Captain of the Port must restrict other container ship traffic in the channel to ensure safe transit in and out of the port.

In June 2016, the Panama Canal opened new locks to enable larger ships to pass thru the canal. The new limitation is approximately 13,000 TEU and the limitation is referred to New Panamax (ship) sizes. The COSCO Development is the largest ship to have passed through the canal.

New ships built over the past year have significantly eclipsed the size of the COSCO Development. The ships sizes are referred to as Post New Panamax (they cannot pass through the Panama Canal). “In May 2017, at Samsung Heavy Industries in Geoje, South Korea, Hong-Kong-based Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) christened the world’s largest container vessel, the OOCL Hong Kong." The ULCV class OOCL Hong Kong has a carrying capacity of 21,413 TEUs.

“The OOCL Hong Kong measures 399.87 meters in length and 58.8 meters in breadth, ranking it among the largest ULCVs in operation today by dimensions. The OOCL Hong Kong will be serving the Asia-Europe trade lane on the LL1 service with stops in Shanghai, Ningbo, Xiamen, Yantian, and Singapore, and via Suez Canal to Felixstowe in Suffolk, UK, Rotterdam, Gdansk, and Wilhelmshaven.” Per Cory Levins, Air-Sea Container Blog, August 3, 2017

We had a request to fabricate saddles to facilitate the transport an antique missile.  The missile is 33' long and weigh...
04/28/2017

We had a request to fabricate saddles to facilitate the transport an antique missile. The missile is 33' long and weighs over 10,000 lbs. Our role was to supply the saddles, did not actually handle the missile, but from the picture, I would guess the missile was at least 50 years old.

We recently crated these two custom bikes for airshipment to Dubai
04/13/2017

We recently crated these two custom bikes for airshipment to Dubai

Multi Interest Service Corp's cover photo
04/12/2017

Multi Interest Service Corp's cover photo

11/14/2016

Updated the list of countries requiring ISPM 15 compliance. Also included a number of countries that have implemented ISPM 15 requirements, but not officially signed on to IPPC. So, despite not being officially listed on the IPPC website, you would run a risk to send non-compliant packaging items to those countries. It took a moderate amount of research to generate a good list. Call or email with questions.

One of our customers is developing new product that requires the equipment to be secured to heavy duty headers on a skid...
06/01/2016

One of our customers is developing new product that requires the equipment to be secured to heavy duty headers on a skid. The customer requested that we bore the headers for the equipment mounting. The headers are generally 4"x8" oak - bored 8" deep. Attempts to bore by hand (with an electrical drill) proved to not be straight or accurate enough. We could not find any commercially available equipment to aid this process, so we built one. We were able to obtain an old DeWalt core drill at a local auction and with a little modification it now serves as an industrial drill press. Going through 8" of oak - there can still be some deflection, but the results were much better. Not to mention that the hand drill had a nasty habit of throwing the operator across the room if the bit caught a knot in the wood.

05/17/2016

There are new regulations that will soon become effective that will impact all outgoing ocean freight. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) amended the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) to require that a packed container has a VGM (Verified Gross Mass) in order to be loaded onto a ship for export. The SOLAS amendments were adopted in November 2014 and become mandatory on July 1, 2016. After that date, it would be a violation of SOLAS to load a packed container onto a vessel if the vessel operator and marine terminal operator do not have a verified container weight.

As we approach the effective date, the volume of discussion has increased, though clear methods to satisfy the requirement had not yet become clear. Fortunately, the most recent announcements suggest that the Virginia Ports may take internal actions to ensure compliance. While I am sure there will be a cost associated with compliance, the alternatives had both logistic and technical concerns (while not clearly stated, I am sure that scales used would have to be "certified" which, if spread among the multitude of shippers would have created its own nightmare.)

At this point, we still do not have a clear resolution to the mandate, but we do appear to be moving towards the most effective process. Stay tuned.

03/03/2016

An upcoming change to IATA Hazardous Materials regulations will further restrict shipment of lithium batteries on passenger planes. (The new rules do not affect carry-on luggage.) Over the past 5 years, there have been increasing restrictions on lithium batteries due to the risk of spontaneous fire. The newest rules will essentially eliminate shipment of bulk lithium batteries on passenger flights. The rule change is occuring on April 1, 2016. A mid-year change further suggests the urgency of the issue. The rules for cargo planes is not being changed at this time, so there will be limited effect on Fedex and UPS packaged shipments.

One of the facts of life about being a small business is that you end up on the call list for many charities.  We averag...
02/22/2016

One of the facts of life about being a small business is that you end up on the call list for many charities. We average 10 calls per week, every week of the year, for folks requesting our contributions. Obviously, we cannot contribute to all. Jill establishes a budget and some favored causes and we contribute to about 20 organizations. Last year's results were better than most, so we included a contribution to a food pantry in our neighborhood. Every Wednesday, there are long lines at the pantry. While our contribution was modest relative to the need, the Food Pantry was very appreciative of our help.

We have built 6 tractor trailer loads of long crates for a local customer.  These crates range in size from 6' long to 2...
02/05/2016

We have built 6 tractor trailer loads of long crates for a local customer. These crates range in size from 6' long to 20 foot long, with the majority of the crates on the higher end of the range.

Not necessarily pretty, but we have both dock and ramp access open.
01/26/2016

Not necessarily pretty, but we have both dock and ramp access open.

10 to 16" of snow in Richmond.  Hard to say how much we have here as there has been a lot of drifting - and over 2 1/2' ...
01/25/2016

10 to 16" of snow in Richmond. Hard to say how much we have here as there has been a lot of drifting - and over 2 1/2' in some areas we are working to shovel.

01/25/2016

We are open for business. Working on getting the dock cleared off, but still will be hard to reach us as the lot is covered.

We added a new (used) forklift with 10,000 lb lifting capacity to better handle heavy freight and crating needs.
12/23/2015

We added a new (used) forklift with 10,000 lb lifting capacity to better handle heavy freight and crating needs.

04/30/2015

We have been working with a local supplier whose hazmat shipments caught the attention of the FAA. IATA DG rules are fairly consistent, each hazardous material is classified into one of nine haz classes. There are some differing rules within each of the classes, but overall, the rules are fairly homogenous. Interestingly, Infectious Substances, Class 6.2, have a number of unique requirements, including a requirement to use a box that is specifically qualified for CL 6.2 shipments and interior documentation requirements. We are assisting the local supplier to ensure that they meet the requirements. We would be pleased to help with your unusual shipping requirements.

Is it Christmas time? Yes - but that is not why this kayak was shrinkwrapped.  The LTL trucker requires shrinkwrap in or...
12/02/2014

Is it Christmas time? Yes - but that is not why this kayak was shrinkwrapped. The LTL trucker requires shrinkwrap in order to protect the kayak during shipment.

While we most typically load vehicles on the floor of the sea container, at customer request, we loaded 3 vehicles in th...
03/24/2014

While we most typically load vehicles on the floor of the sea container, at customer request, we loaded 3 vehicles in this container. The third vehicle is decked over the bed of a pickup truck (old Ford in the foreground) and over the hood of an old Sedan (not yet loaded in this picture). The ramps will be removed to make space for the last car to pull under the deck of the middle car.

A little of the 26' skid is visible beneath the shrinkwrap we applied after the equipment (rotor), was secured on the sk...
10/21/2013

A little of the 26' skid is visible beneath the shrinkwrap we applied after the equipment (rotor), was secured on the skid.

Among the largest skids we have built, this 21' long skid and a second 26' long skid built with 8" x 12" oak lumber and ...
10/16/2013

Among the largest skids we have built, this 21' long skid and a second 26' long skid built with 8" x 12" oak lumber and weighing almost 9000 lbs each were just completed. The skids will be delivered to the equipment, where we will assist the rigger in securing the equipment to the skid.

Where in the world is Pallas Athena?  The war goddess of the ancient Greeks was Athena often called Pallas Athena.  Athe...
07/12/2013

Where in the world is Pallas Athena? The war goddess of the ancient Greeks was Athena often called Pallas Athena. Athena was regarded as the protector of all cities and states. She was wise not only in war but also in the arts of peace. A likeness of Pallas Athena has graced the entry to the entry to the Army Women's Museum at Fort Lee for many years (40?) She was due some refurbishing and MISC picked her up, crated her and sent her to an artist in NYC.

05/20/2013

One of the few US Customs requirements on exports is that the shipper provide identification. For businesses, this is simply their EIN. Historically, individuals provided a social security number. However, several years ago, in order to protect social security numbers, this option was eliminated. Individuals may obtain an EIN, even though it is only needed for purposes of exporting material. For some individuals, a simpler alternative is to provide a valid passport number.

While the vast majority of imports pass through US Customs exam without incident.  Occasionally, they do not pass.  A US...
05/13/2013

While the vast majority of imports pass through US Customs exam without incident. Occasionally, they do not pass. A USDA agent accompanies US Customs on physical exams more often than not. There was an IPPC compliance issue with this one.

05/06/2013

MISC is a customs bonded freight station (CFS). Imported materials, primarily less than container load (LCL), destined for central Virginia are initially stripped from ocean containers at a US port of entry. The consignments remain in customs control as they move from the port of origin to MISC. The consignments have not yet cleared US customs and cannot be opened, tampered or further transported until US customs clears the material. MISC is associated with a number of "origin" CFS operations and responsible for maintaining the integrity of the process.

You never know what someone will need to ship.  This gurney was purchased at auction here in Richmond, and needed to be ...
04/30/2013

You never know what someone will need to ship. This gurney was purchased at auction here in Richmond, and needed to be packaged and shipped to Puerto Rico. Keeping cost to a minimum was a primary concern, and thus the decision was made to skid only.

04/25/2013

The ISPM 15 regs define two unique certification procedures. One procedure covers "finished products" produced from wood packing materials. Finished products are skids and crates. The other certification procedure covers "dunnage". Dunnage is bracing and blocking used within a sea container or within a finished product but is generally considered loose pieces. There are seperate and unique IPPC compliance stamps for each of these applications.

A little out of the ordinary.  A Greater Kudu, shot in Africa, stuffed in Central Virginia, packed at MISC, and shipped ...
04/22/2013

A little out of the ordinary. A Greater Kudu, shot in Africa, stuffed in Central Virginia, packed at MISC, and shipped to Canada. The Greater Kudu has long spiral antlers - which were cut and packaged seperately.

We build specialty crates to meet our customers needs.  This one is designed to hold a cylindrical tool.
04/17/2013

We build specialty crates to meet our customers needs. This one is designed to hold a cylindrical tool.

04/12/2013

MISC provides milspec packaging. When the military, or US government places an order for products, it usually specifies the packaging instructions. The packing instructions are typically in coded form, referencing Mil-Std 2073. Depending on the specific requirements, there may also be references to a multitude of more specific documents detailing the packaging requirements. MISC regularly packs products to milspec standards and is familiar (and has previously interpreted) many of requirements.

04/10/2013

Lithium ion batteries continue to be a source of confusion and concern with regards to transportation. There have been incidents where Lithium Ion batteries have spontaneously caught fire. Once these batteries start burning, it is very difficult to contain the fire - which is especially alarming for air transport. Unlike most new, widely used technologies, science has yet to fully resolve the issues. Meanwhile, regulations concerning the shipping of Lithium Ion batteries continue to evolve. Call us with questions about the most current shipping requirements.

04/08/2013

For ground transportation of hazardous materials, generally quantities exceeding 1000 lbs require placarding on the exterior of the vehicle. An exception is Class 9 (Miscellanous hazmats), which do not need exterior placarding unless shipped in a bulk container.

04/05/2013

IPPC stands for International Plant Protection Convention - which is the treaty that includes the rules for wood packing materials. ISPM 15 is the specific standard or regulations regarding wood packing materials. The standard allows for either heat treatment or fumigation of the wood. In the US, the vast majority of wood is heat treated. Some customers request fumigated wood - when they are actually just confirming that the wood packing materials are IPPC or ISPM 15 compliant.

04/04/2013

We use VCI poly sheeting to protect some products for our customers. The following description of VCI is from Wikipedia: Volatile corrosion inhibitors (VCI) are a type of corrosion inhibitor used to protect ferrous materials against corrosion where it is impractical to apply surface treatements. They slowly release compounds within a selaed airspace that actively prevent surface corrosion.[1] A typical application is to protect stored tools or parts inside bags, boxes or cuboards, one advantge of VCIs being that if the container is opened and reclosed, levels of inhibitor will recover.

Going out to The Richmond Funny Bone to see Orlando Jones tonight with our warehouse crew. He and another comedian filme...
04/03/2013

Going out to The Richmond Funny Bone to see Orlando Jones tonight with our warehouse crew. He and another comedian filmed a pilot for the Travel Channel at our place last month. They were recreating interesting snippets in history. For Richmond the focus was Henry Box Brown. I tell you, you never know what's going to happen at our warehouse! — with Greg Blouch.

Going out to The Richmond Funny Bone to see Orlando Jones tonight with our warehouse crew. He and another comedian filme...
04/03/2013

Going out to The Richmond Funny Bone to see Orlando Jones tonight with our warehouse crew. He and another comedian filmed a pilot for the Travel Channel at our place last month. They were recreating interesting snippets in history. For Richmond the focus was Henry Box Brown. I tell you, you never know what's going to happen at our warehouse! — with Greg Blouch.

Pictures of some of the things we handle.
04/03/2013

Pictures of some of the things we handle.

Pictures of some of the things we handle.

Address

3901 Castlewood Rd
Richmond, VA
23234

Opening Hours

Monday 07:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 07:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 07:00 - 17:00
Thursday 07:00 - 17:00
Friday 07:00 - 12:00

Telephone

(804) 271-1572

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Multi Interest Service Corp posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Business

Send a message to Multi Interest Service Corp:

Nearby transport services


Comments

Please take a moment and check out our new website! Be sure to scroll down each page.