How many thousands of dollars does your company spend on weighing shipping containers?
The total cost of weighbridges, haulage and forwarder margins can really add up. And with intense scrutiny over road weight limits and VGM obligations under the SOLAS Convention, having an accurate container weight is more important than ever.
We speak to our customers to find out how much they’re saving on weighbridge fees and other third party weighing services...
Martina Andrulyte, Product Warehouse Manager, Vilniaus Baldai, furniture production company in Lithuania, considered weighbridges as an option when SOLAS VGM rules were implemented, but when they ship around 1,300 containers annually and it costs €15 per weigh, costs started adding up. They have saved over €19,000 annually in potential weighbridge fees and have seen payback on their C-Jacks with stands within 7 months of purchase.
”The main influences for purchasing BISON C-Jacks with stands were mobility, price and return on investment - which was only 6 - 7 months.”
Hexion produces and ships thermoset resins, their Tauranga, New Zealand branch were using a third party weighing service to weigh their containers, they were at the mercy of someone else’s availability, they required a better method for weighing containers.
“With the amount of bulk that we do, weighing individual items would be far too time-consuming. Using a weighbridge was too expensive and time-consuming, and looking at how the external contractors weigh the containers was an idea that we could potentially do it ourselves.”
BlueSky Meats, processor and global supplier of high-quality meat products, have seen savings to their shipping costs of about 10%. By hitting the target weight with every container, the rendering team are now shipping more bone meal in less containers. Over the course of a year, this will bring down shipping costs from this product line by approximately 10%, improve cash flow and improve profitability for the business.
“Removing the risk of ever having to return a container to site again. [On-site weighing] has helped us optimise container loads, and save a tonne on shipping costs.” – Ben Nally, Logistics Manager, BlueSky Meats
You may not know exactly how much your business is spending, or you might be interested in finding out what you could save. This is why BISON has developed a useful calculator for you to find out:
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