Importing - Working Out How Many Cartons Fit Onto Pallets For Shipping Calculations
Posted by Live Now Education G Support Team on 05 July 2018 12:10 PM
When importing large quantities of products, filling the container with the maximum amount of cartons will reduce the shipping cost per product, compared to sending a partially full container.

There are many online calculators you can use to determine how many cartons will fit into a container, such as or simply Google 'how do you calculate cartons on a pallet' to find alternative options.

However keep in mind you are better off using the quantity the supplier recommends, as they physically load the containers and can calculate the true quantity allowing for the correct height, width and length (in the right order) of both the carton and pallet.

Amazon also have rules about how full a container can be, so the container can't be loaded to the roof line and from our experience working out the calculations manually isn't as accurate as the suppliers recommendation.

Often suppliers will offer you the maximum container size so you order a larger quantity (which is quite normal) and we suggest asking them how many cartons with pallets will fit into a 20', 40' and 40HQ container so you have all 3x options and can compare the shipping / importing costs.

Lastly you could also contact a freight forwarder such as if you would like a second opinion as they are very familiar with the Amazon delivery rules and container loading and will be able to confirm the suppliers quantities as well as provide a shipping / importing quote once you know which FBA location/s Amazon want you to send the goods to.

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