What Is the Smallest Shipment I Can Import with Shippo?

Many of our customers deal in small to medium sized shipments, rather than larger, bulkier shipments. The minimum shipment size that you’ll pay for is one cubic metre (1.0cbm), but as long as your supplier is offering FOB (Free On Board) shipping terms it’ll be extremely cost effective to use sea freight from about 0.5cbm or a weight of at least 100kg.

Measuring your shipment:

To give you an idea about the size of a cubic metre it’s 100cm x 100cm x 100cm, the size or a small pallet.  You could also imagine a cubic metre as eight boxes with dimensions of 50cm x 50cm x 50cm or 64 boxes with dimensions of 25cm x 25cm x 25cm.

As you can see from the above, if you’ve just got 2 or 3 boxes each 25cm x 25cm x 25cm then paying for 1.0cbm via sea freight probably isn’t the best option.  However, if you have to ship 10 larger boxes then it’s perfect and the savings over air or courier are potentially very large.


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Our ability to ship relatively small consignments makes us ideal for eBay and Amazon traders, who ship such items on a regular basis so they don’t have to keep large amounts of stock. We’ll find space for your goods on scheduled journeys, meaning you’ll never have to pay for the price of a full container.

If you’d like to learn more about importing goods from abroad with Shippo, contact us using our Live Chat system, call 020 3384 0498 or send us your details using the Quick Quote form on the right-hand side of the page.


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