Advice on Shipping by Truck or Ship for Ecommerce and FBA Sellers

No matter what product you are selling, shipping goods from one place to another is an essential part of running a business, and the cost of shipping can make or break a company. Not only is ocean shipping much cheaper than trucking goods across the country, but it can also be a more efficient option, especially if you’re shipping goods to the East Coast.

One of the main reasons ocean shipping is cheaper than trucking is that ports are equipped to handle those huge cargo ships, and that means we get to benefit from some serious economies of scale. By grouping all those goods together in one big shipment, the cost per unit goes way down. So, whether you’re shipping a boatload of products or just a partial container, ocean shipping is great for keeping those costs in check. It’s all about tapping into that scalability and efficient handling at the ports. 

 

However, it’s important to keep in mind that not all ports are created equal. For example, the port of Los Angeles is often backed up by days or even weeks. Not only will this delay your things, but it will increase your costs as well. So, if you’re looking to ship goods to the East Coast, it’s better to send them by ocean even if that means going through the Panama Canal. It’s just not worth it to risk a repeat of 2020/ 2021 problems if you can avoid it.

 

When it comes to shipping to the East Coast, the Port of Virginia is particularly efficient because they specialize in dealing with finished goods, and they own their own chassis. We all remember how difficult those were to come by in 2021.

 

The Port of New Jersey is also a pretty good option and it’s a popular choice for those looking to steer clear of congestion issues.

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