WHAT IS UNDERLOADING COSTING YOU?
Putting it simply, underloading a container means you are underutilising the container space and paying more in shipping costs than you need to.
When you think of each individual container load, the cost may not seem high, however, the aggregate cost over the course of a year can be staggering.
Think, if you could safely increase the payload of each container by 10%, you would ship 10% fewer containers per year.
If you ship 200 containers in a year, at an average shipping cost of $2,000 per container, underloading by 10% will cost your business $40,000 per year.
Here’s an example:
|Average Payload ||18 ||tonne|
|Shipping Cost||$2,000||per container|
|Commodity Price||$1,000 ||per tonne|
Another, less obvious cost of underloading containers is the negative impact on revenue and cash flow. Under loading delays sales and cash receipts and increases the cost of funding your business. Or to put this another way, if you optimise each container load, you can realise more in sales receipts sooner and free up capital for other things.
This cost ultimately turns on the time value of money in your business. But taking the example above, with a commodity worth $1,000 per tonne and a cost of capital of 12%, optimising your container loads by 10% could be worth another $6,120 to your business each year.