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Table of Contents

  • How to use this Guide?
  • ​Who is this guide for?
  • ​What is included in my landed product costs?
  • ​Why tracking inbound shipments costs is so important for accurate product costs? 
  • ​Which shipping cost calculation method should you use?
  • ​How to calculate your invoice using the Volumetric Weight formula?
  • ​How to calculate your invoice using the CBM (Cubic Meter) formula?
  • The Ultimate Workshop to Accurate Product Costs & Increase Profitability.

PRO TIP: When you are adding up your invoices to come up with all the costs that go towards your landed products costs. It is the shipping and import (customs and duties) costs that can make or break your profitability. Product Costs can account for a large portion of the profit pie, so making sure you use the correct shipping calculation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a dry container?
Dry containers (DC) are the most used type of container in the world: 90% of goods shipped by sea are loaded in dry containers. The 20-foot and 40-foot cargo containers are made of aluminum or steel and are suitable for all types of cargo. Aluminium containers have a slightly larger payload than steel, and steel dry containers have a slightly larger internal cube.
Dry container size and capacity
The specific dimensions and capacities of dry containers may vary depending on the container manufacturer, the age of the container and the container owner. The specifications listed below are representative of the majority of containers available.
Tare weight /ˈtɛər/, sometimes called unladen weight, is the weight of an empty vehicle or container. By subtracting it from the gross weight (laden weight), the weight of the goods carried (the net weight) may be determined. ... Tare weight is also used in body composition assessment when doing underwater weighing.
What does FCL mean in Shipping
Two of these include Full Container Load (FCL) and Less Than Container Load (LCL) shipping. FCL refers to shipments for which all goods in a container are owned by one party, while LCL involves multiple shippers' goods packed together.
What does LCL mean in shipping?
LCL (Less than Container Load) refers to a shipment that doesn't fill one 20 or 40ft standard container. The container is therefore loaded with cargo from multiple consignees. On arrival at the destination port, the goods are separated at a container freight station.
How is CBM calculated in China?
CBM – cubic meter is calculated by multiplying length, width and height of packages of goods. For example, if the length, height and width of a cargo is 2.3 meters, 1.4meters and 2 meters respectively, the volume of cargo is 2.3 X 1.4 X 2.00 = 6.44 CBM.
How do you calculate volumetric weight for shipping?
Volumetric weight can be calculated by multiplying the length, width and height of a parcel (in cm) and dividing that figure by 5000 (some carriers use a divisor of 4000). You may often find that the price of your shipment is dictated by the volumetric weight of your parcel(s) rather than the physical weight.

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