Shipping Your First Container: An Easy Guide to Getting Started.
Shipping containers are on the rise. More and more companies are realizing how beneficial it is to ship their products overseas with a container. This is because shipping containers alleviate the need for on-site storage and can be shipped anywhere in the world without hassle.
Not only does this save time and money, but it also reduces carbon emissions and saves on congestion in congested areas. But before you embark on your journey of shipping your first container – especially if you don’t have any experience- here are some things to consider:
What size of container do I need?
What do I put in my container?
How do I get my container from A to B?
How much does it cost to ship a container?
Size of Container: The first thing you want to consider when shipping your first container is the size of the container. You will have a lot of options from small containers to 20 feet, but it is important that you choose the right one. The best way to determine what size would be best for your situation is to take inventory of what you plan on shipping and calculate as much as you can. If you are going to be shipping many heavy things, then a larger container may be necessary, whereas if you only have a few things, then a smaller one may work better.
There are some additional considerations that come with larger containers- for instance, they require a more advanced booking process and they cost more per cubic meter. Nonetheless, they offer more space for all your cargo and there’s no need for additional storage.
What Goes In Your Container: The type of product you are shipping will determine the size of your container. If you are a furniture company, heavy items like sofas and dressers will need a 20-foot container, while smaller items like lamps and stools will need a 10 or 5-foot container.
When it comes to what goes in your container, this depends on the type of product you are shipping. For example, if you are shipping food overseas, it is best to have specially certified containers that are FDA-approved for food storage. This ensures that the food is safe to consume when it arrives at its destination.
How much does it cost to ship a container?
Shipping costs depend on the size of the container and where you’re shipping to. The more stuff in the container, the more expensive it is to ship. Shipping from China can range from $2000-$5000 per 20 ft container depending on location and weight/size of cargo. On average, however, a 20 ft container will cost about $4000-$6000 CAD per shipment when shipped from China to North America.
How to Get Your Container From A to B: Shipping containers are like a box that you can fill with your products and ship to anywhere in the world. If you are considering shipping your first container, those three questions should be top of mind for you.
Container size: Containers come in varied sizes and each size has its own corresponding freight costs. You will need to figure out what size container best fits your needs and budget.
What do I put in my container? Your container can be filled with anything; on-site storage is eliminated because the product will already be on the move! This saves time and money as well as eliminates the need for extra space to store your products.
How do I get my container from A to B? It is important that you work with a company that specializes in shipping containers so they can provide advice on how to find a reliable transport company or freight forwarder. This ensures a seamless process from beginning to end, without any unnecessary headaches along the way!
Cost: While the cost of shipping a container varies from company to company, it is around $5,000-$30,000. Calculating your total cost for shipping a container starts with the size of the container and how much you are willing to pay for transport.
Know more about shipping/ logistics industry by checking out our previous article on The Cargo, Tonnage & Port Dues: A Complete Explanation of What You Need to Know
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