Sea freight is a very affordable way to import goods and a recent article on the BBC website (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20578627) really caught our imagination at Shippo HQ.
Have you ever wondered how tall a Lego tower could get?¬† Well, engineers have calculated that in theory a tower could be comprised of 375,000 2×2 Lego bricks before their combined weight would crush the bottom brick.¬† This theoretical tower would reach 3591m.¬† That’s taller than the highest mountains in England (Scafell Pike at 978m), Scotland (Ben Nevis at 1344m) and Wales (Snowdon at 1085m) combined!
That got us thinking.¬† How much would it cost to import such a monster of a tower via sea freight from China?¬† The results were surprising.
Pallet = Magician’s Sleeve
The tower is comprised of 375,000 bricks, each totalling 9.6mm x 15.9mm x 15.9mm. ¬†This huge number of bricks would only take up 0.91cbm of space.¬† That would take up no more space than your average armchair!¬† Importing 375,000 2×2 Lego bricks by sea freight from China would therefore cost as little as ¬£250!
Sea freight is efficient and affordable and this example shows it’s amazing how much you could fit into a few boxes.¬† To start a small business you only need a bit of space in a back bedroom or a garage and you could be importing and selling small products in no time.
Reach for the Moon
Finally, if you had enough time, money and inclination then you’d only need a 20ft container and a 40ft container of Lego bricks to build a tower that would reach the moon!