Buying Full Container Loads
As general guideline, if you have the resources (financial, distribution capability, sales power, warehouse space, internal systems, etc.) it is in your best interest to buy full container loads for the simple reason it provides the greatest net benefit. I.E. more product equals more savings. However, we realize not all businesses are equal and thus what works for some will not work for others.
For some, ordering full containers on a regular basis works great. The container arrives, they stock the shelves, and by the time their sales reps have finished selling the product, the next container has arrived ready to be unpacked.
For others, this strategy is not a reality. Having to tie an entire year’s inventory to one or two shipments is not for the faint of heart. Not to mention it can be organizational suicide if something goes wrong.
If you’re trying to decide what is right for your business, we have outlined some frequently asked questions to help you think through everything that is involved:
How much sheet rubber comes in a container?
A container order of sheet rubber will range anywhere from 10,000 – 54,000 pounds material. All container orders are based on weight, not by the number of sheet rubber rolls you order.
As a general benchmark a 20 foot container can hold a maximum of 40,000 – 44,000 pounds. Whereas a 40 foot container can hold 50,000 – 54,000 lbs.
Less than container load (LCL) orders will be reviewed and possibly subject to additional freight charges depending on the weight and destination. An LCL is considered anything less than a 40,000 lbs order.
Can I choose which styles/Grades will come in my Container?
Absolutely, yes. We offer all major polymer types as well as the opportunity to order sheet rubber types not listed on the products page. Your container order can include a variety of materials, mixing and matching as you please.
How long does a container order take?
From time of order until time of delivery you can expect the whole process to take 60-65 days. The first 30 days are for production with the last 30-35 days assigned for shipping. The more complex an order (number of polymers, roll varieties lengths/widths/durometers) will likely increase the lead time.
Who is responsible for the Customs, Duties, and Taxes?
Unless otherwise desired, we will handle the logistics and import requirements, including customs, duties, and taxes. We make it easy for you to get the sheet rubber products you need, at the destination you want, in the most efficient and effective manner.
do i have to pay for the material up front?
No, we will finance your order. You are not expected to pay until the material is delivered at your location and inspected by you.
how do I Purchase a full container of sheet rubber?
If you’re interested, then let’s talk. We want to hear about your goals. If there’s an opportunity to buy full container loads, great. For this conversation you should be prepared to discuss:
- Your estimated annual purchase volumes.
- Type of polymers you are interested in, as well as their related grades, thicknesses, lengths, widths and durometers.
- Any target pricing you might have. If you have a cost target in mind, lets have an open conversation about it.