Ever receive a quotation from a factory and wonder how many pieces would fit in a container perfectly? You would want to maximize the shipping space available, therefore, it is crucial to know more about the factors that affect it. Let’s take the example that you are buying custom plush toys from a factory. The price of US$3/piece FOB China works for you, but you need to check the freight costs to make sure they are not prohibitive.

Products In A Container


Ask the factory for packing details and you usually get information like this: 18pieces/ctn, carton size: 63x45x58cm.  Here is an example of the calculation you need to make.

  • Carton size 0.63 * 0.45 * 0.58 =  0.16443 CBMs (Cubic Meters)
  • Carton Size (0.16443) / 18 pcs per carton = 0.009135 CBMs per pc.
  • 20 foot container (33 CBMs) / CBMs per pc (0.009135) = 3612 pcs.
  • Total cost (US$3 * 3612) & assume US$4000 for Duties & freight = US$14,836

What type of container do I need?

Fit in a Container - Dog Plush

Fit in a Container – Dog Plush

There are 4 different options for shipping by sea. You may ship LCL (Less than a Container Load), basically just packing your goods loosely in a container and then the freight forwarder will charge you per CBM. Otherwise, you may choose a more economical way to export buying enough products to fit one of the three standard containers in use. 

  • 20-foot standard container @ 33 cbm, but real life allows us to load 28-30 cbm of real cargo.
  • LCL – Less than a Container Load.  Charged by CBM in a shared container.
  • 40-foot standard container @ 67 cbm, but again reality allows 64-65 cbm maximum.
  • 40-foot HiCube container @ 75 cbm, reality allows 72-73 cbm maximum.

To get a quotation for all your shipping in China, complete this online form:

Calculating Container Shipping Time

Calculating Container Shipping Time


How can ODM help?

To learn more about the shipping of promotional products and marketing gifts from China, feel free to contact us. Enquire @ ODM for more ways and explanation on how you can vastly improve your business. Our product designers will be able to provide you with multiple unique and interesting ideas for you to wow your audience and increase brand recognition. The specialists here are capable of assisting you throughout every process to ensure a pleasant experience. Contact ODM now!


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