A small shipping box will cost $30,000 to $40,000, depending on the size of the box and whether it has more than three people on board.
A larger box will run about $50,000.
“There’s no real specific limit to the size you can ship,” said John Della Vedova, executive director of the Canadian Association of Freight Transport Companies.
“It’s just a really good question to ask.”
While containers are becoming a popular mode of freight shipment, their price is only going up.
A small container will typically cost between $5,000 and $10,000 when it arrives in Canada.
The cost increases dramatically when you add a crew of four to a shipping box, said Matt McAllister, chief economist with the International Federation of Small Ship Owners.
“A lot of them cost more than that,” he said.
“If you add four people, the cost can be $50 million to $60 million, depending upon what the size.”
The average container has about 80 to 90 people on it, McAllisters said.
McAlliers said containers are more expensive to ship because they take longer to build, require more crew and have more fuel, which adds to the costs.
“You’re basically buying a bigger vessel that’s more likely to be a loss for the carrier,” he explained.
“This is a bit of a gamble because they’re going to be able to do it at a lower price than what they’d be doing if they built it from scratch.”
The price of a shipping container is a big factor in how long it will take to get the cargo, McAndisters said, noting the average shipping container takes about a month to ship.
“The more the cargo is loaded, the longer it takes to get it off the ship,” McAllier said.
A container ship’s journey can take several days to arrive at its destination, McAnney said.
While most people think a shipping company will pay them more for shipping containers, McTheys said that’s not the case.
“They’re not going to get a significant profit,” McAnneys said.
In fact, shipping companies are more likely than other freight carriers to offer lower-priced rates.
For example, a container that has a capacity of 3,000 people can cost $3,000 per person.
McAndries said there’s no guarantee that a shipping shipping company can deliver that much cargo.
“I’m not sure if it can be done in a reasonable time frame,” he added.
“So if you have a big box that’s going to take a long time, you’re looking at some serious money being lost.”
The number of containers a shipping service can ship per day is dependent on how many people it has on board, McAnton said.
That’s why, he said, it’s important to weigh the risk versus the reward of shipping a container.
“Shipping containers are typically the only way to move a lot of goods around the world,” McAntony said.