Shipping Overweighted Container May Not Be A Bad Thing

by Michael Kotendzhi | Trucking, Logistics
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As mentioned previously, the logistics operation of overseas containers is maturing on the West Coast of Canada. There are certain rules to be obliged, but is overweight charging as a penalty? Not necessary. It may actually be a benefit to the company.

According to CP Rail, the maximum weight allowed for a 40 feet container is 56,000 lbs. for the provinces including British Columbia, and that is significantly less than the maximum cargo weight allowed in the US. If the container cannot be filled to the top, then that air space is considered a waste of space. That space represents the wasted cost of the company. Truth to be told, commercial ship fleets would charge little or even none in pricing difference as long as the dimension of the containers remains at the same.

The idea is to fill up the container to maximum capacity regardless of the extra charge that may impose by the shipping lines later. That way shipping cost is cutting down as one-time oceanic shipping fee is at a mind-boggling rate.

When the overweight charges apply, inevitably in some cases, it is wise to find a good logistics provider to help to balance it out. If a 3PL provider covers the port service, container drayage, and warehousing as one-line service, the overall logistics charge may be significantly lower.

18 Wheels Logistics can provide easy solutions to your oversea shipping into Vancouver ports as we are the specialist in trucking and warehousing. To help your company to capitalize on the whole operation experience, please give us a call.

Michael Kotendzhi is President of Operations & Transportation and a partner at 18 Wheels. Michael has over 15 years of experience and is equipped with a degree in Logistics from the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business. As well as a background in logistics from XPO Logistics (formally Kelron Logistics), North America's largest contract warehousing provider.

Michael's experience includes supply chain management, reverse logistics, & domestic transportation. He has developed 18 Wheels' trucking solutions, effectively utilizing the sister company's vehicle fleet and building a transportation supply-chain network across North America.