Empty Vessels One Way are Full Coming Here
Last night after the big finale dinner of the tradeshow, we made our way to the bar called Phins, in our Niagara Falls Hotel. There we met a pair of men from Holland. Kent bought them a pair of Grey Goose Vodkas on ice, (I think they wanted shots) and they told us about their lives.
“I am a shipper,” said one man, “I come to the U.S. a lot. We ship Heinekin bottles to Anguilla and Barbados.” He said that the costs to ship goods to China is only about $250 per container. “But if you want to ship from China to the U.S., it costs about $3000.
In a true sign of the times, it seems, shipping costs reflect the way the traffic goes. “Ships are almost empty going to China, but from there, it takes a lot longer and costs ten or fifteen times more.”