Interested in learning how you can save hundreds of dollars on shipping container delivery?
We’ve outlined some valuable tips and insights gathered over the years on different types of trucks and container loads to help you slice delivery rates in the future.
This article will walk through how you can save on container delivery for both sales AND rental units.
Flatbed or tilt bed trucks?
When comparing container delivery rates with a flatbed truck or a tilt bed (“roll off” truck), you’ll notice the cost is comparable for distances within 75-100 miles.
For locations outside of 75-100 miles, it makes more sense financially to have your containers delivered on a flatbed truck.
More often than not, roll-off trucks are privately owned. So they’re usually MORE expensive and LESS readily available.
Flatbed trucks, on the other hand, are better for long-distance delivery needs. In fact, their design intent is for lengthy trips. So they’re generally cheaper than tilt bed trucks for long hauls.
But, keep in mind, when using a flatbed truck for your container delivery, you need onsite offloading capabilities, such as a crane or forklift.
If you don’t have onsite offloading capabilities, you usually have to rent a forklift or crane.
If this is the case, paying for the flatbed delivery is typically MUCH more than just paying for a tilt bed delivery.
Tilt bed trucks drop off shipping containers by sliding them off the bed of the truck.
Save on Container Delivery with Small Truckloads or One Big Load?
Are you purchasing two 20ft units and considering different methods to save on delivery?
Have your two 20ft containers delivered on one 40ft truck. It costs more to get your containers delivered separately.
Separate container deliveries require multiple drivers. So it’s more time-consuming for delivery companies.
The same concept applies if you’re renting or purchasing two 10ft units.
You’ll save on container delivery costs by requesting ONE 20ft truck.
These helpful tips will be sure to save you hundreds!
Now, how can you save on containers themselves? Check out our article on the 5 factors that determine the cost of a shipping container.