What to Consider When Choosing a Shipping Container

by Michael Kotendzhi | Warehousing, Logistics

In order to save on transportation and shipping cost, it’s critical to choose your shipping container wisely. This additionally insures that products will get to its end destination in safe condition. Below we’ll take a look into some factors to consider when choosing containers for distribution.

What size should you get? Shipping containers come in a variety of sizes to help transport different products, however the most common sizes are 10’, 20’, and 40’. The last two sizes are most frequently used for the ease of transportation.
What cargo is being shipped? It’s important to consider the cargo that is being moved. Certain obvious factors like weight and ease of loading and unloading are important factors to consider. Additionally, perishable items require special refrigerated containers to preserve product integrity. Liquids such as oil and petroleum must also require tanks for shipping.
What is the cost like? Cost for containers depend on differing factors. The most obvious being size – the larger the container the more likely it’s marketed at a higher price tag. The age and condition of the container is also another factor in determining price. Usually a 20’ container can range from $1,400 to $2,500 while a 40’ container can be priced at $3,500 to $4,500.
Our seasoned team at 18 Wheels Logistics can partner with you to make shipping easy. We’re leading experts in 3PL, co-packingwarehousing, and trucking. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia but servicing across North America, 18 Wheels Logistics can help your company make cost effective decisions while optimizing your supply chain to its fullest potential. 

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.