Unveiling the secrets of car shipping containers
Although most people believe the roll-on, roll-off is the one and only feasible option for for shipping vehicles. It’s safe to say that this is mostly an industry misconception.
In spite of what many people may believe, vehicle demand is still as prevalent as always. Henceforth, vehicle production continues to evolve on every level, which has led the discussion on supply chain topics to go bigger and broader when it comes to logistics discussions about scenarios that involve vehicle container shipping as part of the supply chain equation and the the advantages it offers, as surprising as it may be for some people.
Whilst roll-on / roll-off carriers are perfect for high-volume markets as they excel in supplying large loads that big economies well-stocked regardless of how much they scale. However, this implies that roll-on / roll-off carriers require specialised infrastructure and logistics to operate properly.
But if your target market is smaller, more niche or remote, you might find shipping containers more appropriate overall. Especially, if you keep in mind that roll-on / roll-off carriers don’t call at smaller vehicle markets very frequently – if they are able to call there at all. In fact, shipping container lines are often called to provide services to small destinations and ports that are either too remote or not equipped enough for roll-on / roll-off carriers to reach them.
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Companies in the lookout for a way to ship smaller vehicle batches can find an ideal solution in shipping containers since containerised vehicles can be easily shipped in small batches, much unlike cargo that is traveling via roll-on / roll-off carriers.
In order to considerably reduce and in some cases, even eliminate the dwell time vehicles usually spend at ports and holding yards waiting for inventory levels to reach roll-on / roll-off caliber volumes so they can be shipped; shipping containers offer a quick solution for companies to seize the first departing vessels by putting small batches of vehicles in ready to ship containers that can sail in the ships that leave the port first, which can save them up to four weeks of the average total vehicle transit.
Additionally, using shipping containers vehicle transport is also significantly cheaper and more cost-competitive -from a cost per-vehicle perspective– than it used to be; in part due to the advances in operational efficiencies and newer, versatile equipment options that include cassette systems, specialised racking and new 3PL services, amongst several other that have been introduced in recent years.
These advancements in the industry have disrupted the space by allowing -in some cases– to double and even triple the number of vehicles that can securely fit in a container for secure transportation which translates in savings of 25% to 40% for the companies using this shipping method, including the costs of returning this equipment to the origin port and having trained teams at origin and destination to safely load and unload the vehicles.