At first, deciding which Bel-Air case best suits your needs may seem a bit confusing. However, our advisors are more than happy to help you choose the appropriate case style and configuration based on your products’ characteristics and transportation requirements. Feel free to call 866-235-2472 for instant design assistance and quoting.

If you’re more of a ‘do-it-yourself’ type of shopper, we’re happy to offer some advice. The most important thing to consider when choosing a case is to recognize who will be transporting it. The less you know your courier, and the less they know what’s inside the case, the more heavy-duty your case should be. Frequency and type of transportation are also factors as is the total weight of the products inside. Finally, since there may be more than one acceptable case solution, packaging costs versus product replacement value should also be considered.


Type of Case

Style of the case’s plastic shell

Classification of case hardware

Typical case usage


Shipping Case Style

Polyethylene plastic

Molded corner bumpers

Stacking lugs

Heavy-duty Hardware

2″ Heavy-duty valance

Steel spring-loaded handles

Steel twist-draw latches

4″ x 1-7/8″ steel hinges

Items frequently shipped
as cargo or luggage

Heavy items
(over 30 to 40 pounds)

Delicate or fragile items

When the ultimate
protection in a
case with light weight
is required



Carrying Case Style

Polyethylene plastic

Molded ribs

Molded feet
(hinge side)

Heavy-duty Hardware

2″ Heavy-duty valance

Steel spring-loaded handles

Steel twist-draw latches

4″ x 1-7/8″ steel hinges

Items frequently shipped
as cargo or luggage

The required case size
isn’t available in a
Shipping Case style

Heavy items
(over 30 to 40 pounds)

Delicate items



Carrying Case Style

Polyethylene plastic

Molded ribs

Molded feet
(hinge side)

Medium-duty Hardware

1-7/8″ Medium-duty valance

Solid plastic handle

Locking chrome latches

Continuous “piano” hinge

Items occasionally transported
as luggage

Not recommended for UPS
or Fed-Ex unless boxed.

Sales kits and Demo kits

OEM Cases

Items weighing 5 to 40 lbs.



Carrying Case Style

Polyethylene plastic

Molded ribs

Molded feet
(hinge side)

Light-duty Hardware

3/4″ Light-duty valance

Solid plastic handle

Locking steel/nickle latches

1.5″ x 1″ steel hinges

Items infrequently
transported as luggage
or usually by car

Not recommended for UPS
or Fed-Ex unless boxed.

Sales kits and Demo kits

OEM Cases

Items weighing 5 to 20 lbs.