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Expert tips on smarter shipping of heavy goods

Where can I find a heavy haul carrier?


If you’re looking for a trucker to move heavyweight international containers, you need to be resourceful. After all, only a fraction of carriers provide heavyweight services. When capacity gets tight, those slots fill up fast.

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5 tips for a better container loading plan

 

Filling a container is like assembling a 3D puzzle. Put the pieces together just right, and you win a prize: lower freight costs.

That’s because ocean carriers charge for transportation by the container. If you pay $3,000 to ship a 40-ft. box, that price stays the same whether you fill the box with 20 pallets of cargo or 25. The more product you fit in, the less you pay per unit.

Here’s some advice for creating a container loading plan that gives you maximum benefit for your transportation buck.

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Cargo container types: choose the best box for your load


You wouldn’t put on flip-flops to climb a mountain or go running with size-12 sneakers on your size-10 feet. Ocean containers are a bit like shoes: you need the right kind, and the right size, for your specific purpose.

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How to Reduce Ocean Freight Costs

As of June 2019, the spot rate for shipping ocean cargo from Europe to North America was $2,044 per 40-foot equivalent unit (FEU). That’s 42 percent higher than the rate one year ago. Even on less expensive lanes, you certainly don’t want to pay more for shipping than you need to.

So how can you keep ocean freight costs as low as possible?

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When do transload services make sense for ocean freight?

 

As a rule, the less you handle cargo, the better. But when you move heavy cargo internationally, sometimes it pays to transload. The extra handling adds a bit of risk, but if the numbers work out and your service partners do the job right, transloading can sometimes save you money.

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Heavy freight case study: Increase container payload to cut total import price

I.C.E. Transport | Mar 14, 2019 7:30:00 AM | container payload

 

The more cargo you fit in a shipping container, the less you spend per unit on transportation. Not only does this strategy cut your expenses, but it might gain you a competitive advantage. Here’s how one heavy goods importer gained market share and boosted its bottom line by increasing container payload.

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