Rolled Industrial Fabric in Northeast Ohio

In northeast Ohio, there are several companies that produce industrial fabric. Much of this fabric is currently made for use within the United States. These manufacturers could be exporting more of their products to clients in other countries around the world, but many of them do not. We conducted research on international shipping rates for economies around the globe. We collected data to show the cost and time it will take to ship industrial fabric from Northeast Ohio to 23 different international cities. The cities in the study include: Buenos Aires, Argentina; Wingfield, Australia; Canoas, Brazil; Sturgeon Falls, Canada; Shanghai, China; Cairo, Egypt; Birmingham, England; Athens, Greece; Hong Kong, Hong Kong; Szekesfehervar, Hungary; Kolkata, India; Delhi, India; Tehran, Iran; Mooka, Japan; Osaka, Japan; Mexico City, Mexico; Kleosin, Poland; Ivanovo, Russia; Hillcrest, South Africa; Seoul, South Korea; Sagunto, Spain; Kiiv, Ukraine; and Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Each of these cities has an industry that uses and needs the kind of industrial fabric which is produced in Northeast Ohio. A company in Northeast Ohio could expand and begin exporting internationally.
The map below shows the locations of the 23 cities looked at in our study. The diverse group of cities is spread around the globe.

Destinations

 

The next map shows the population size of each city.  Cities with a larger circle have a larger population and vice versa.  The larger cities usually have a larger and more convenient port to ship freight into.  This causes the price of the shipment to be lower.

Population

 

If an industrial fabric company in Northeast Ohio were to export its product, these locations are prime areas where the material could be used. The following is a list of the companies and each corresponding city in which the company is located.
List of Cities:
List of Manufacturers:
1. Argentina, Buenos Aires
Fabrication Industrial Process
2. Austrailia, Wingfield
Advanced Tent Technology PTY. LTD
3. Brazil, Canoas
Pre Fabricar Industrial Ltda.
4. Canada, Sturgeon Falls
Great Nipissing Tent Co. Inc.
5. China, Shanghai
Shanghai Yinggao Tent Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
6. Egypt, Cairo
Nasar Tent
7. England, Birmingham
Doaba Tent Hire Service and Manufacturing
8. Greece, Athens
Tent Art & Creation Sole Shareholder Co. Ltd.
9. Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Swire Pacific Limited
10. Hungary, Szekesfehervar
MO-PA-TENT Ipari-, Kereskedelmies Szolgaltato Korlatolt Felelossegu Tarsasag
11. India, Kolkata
Automatic Tent Manufacturing Company
12. India, Delhi
Kay Tent Industries
13. Iran, Tehran
Camping Tent Weaving
14. Japan, Mooka
Daiichi Tent, K.K
15. Japan, Osak
Yano Tent Co., Ltd.
16. Mexico, Mexico City
Fabricante y Comercializadora Beta, S.A. de C.V.
17. Poland, Kleosin
Tent Grupa SP Z O O
18. Russia, Ivanovo
TENT-Profi OOO
19. South Africa, Hillcrest
Tide and Tent Manufacturers Retailers and Wholesalers CC
20. South Korea, Seoul
Iljo Tent Industry
21. Spain, Sagunto
CINESTEN SL
22. Ukraine, Kiev
Naukovo-Virobniche Pidpriemstvo TENT PLYUS Servis, TOV
23. United Arab Emirates, Sharjah
Al Aydi Tent & Metal Ind.
There is a lot of diversity in the destinations we chose. The destinations range from small rural towns of only 700 inhabitants to busy urban centers with over 23 million people. Some of the cities are located on a coastline where a major port is nearby. Some of the cities are inland and are located in remote locations. These differences play a role in the price of shipping.
Data has been collected from 3 different international shipping companies: Macro Transport Services, Shipping Worldwide, and Con-Way. All of the quotes we obtained were based on the shipment of one pallet of industrial fabric measuring 62′ by 42′ by 42′ and weighing 1200 pounds. The costs include inland shipping to the port of export from the manufacturer, and drop off in the next country. The shipments are picked up from the manufacturer by truck or train and brought to the port of export. They are then taken by boat from the port of export to the destination port (port nearest to the destination city). After that, the buyer can make arrangements to pick up the item, or the shipping company can take it to the final destination for an additional cost. The buyer can provide their own transportation from the port to save on the cost. Also included in these quotes are U.S. documentation and Bill of Lading. Insurance on the item is not included in the cost.
Cities with ports are usually cheaper to ship to than cities without a port. This is because the product does not have to travel far after arriving in the port city if that is the destination city. If the final destination is in a city further from the port where the product arrives, there is a larger cost to transport the product to the final destination by truck or rail.
The following map shows the cost distribution for shipping worldwide from Northeast Ohio. Quotes from each of the three carriers are shown on the map for corresponding cities. The longer bars represent the higher cost of shipping.

Cost

 

It appears that usually Macro Transport Services is the most expensive shipping company. Eastern Europe appears to be the most expensive place ship to. Mexico is also surprisingly expensive.
When shipping internationally, travel time is also a variable that matters to the buyer. The following map shows the time it takes to reach each destination.

Time

 

Like cost, travel time is higher for cities without a port. Time is added when the product has to be transported across land to the final destination. Shipments appear to take longest to get to India as well as Eastern Europe. Shipments in North America take the shortest amount of time.
The following graphs show cost and time comparisons between the three carriers and the 23 cities. Sturgeon Falls, Canada has the lowest shipping time and also the lowest cost for all three companies. Cities in India have the highest travel time.

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Macro Transport Services usually provides the highest price quotes. They are also slightly more efficient with delivery, although all three shipping companies are similar in this aspect. Choosing a freight shipper with competitive pricing will be a key factor for whether or not it is cost effective to export. Larger shipments often have lower cost per square foot to ship. Therefore, if more than one pallet is being shipped (as in this study), it is even more efficient to export.
The next graph shows the average cost of shipping when comparing the three companies together. The yellow dots represent the more cheap places to ship, and the red dots represent the most expensive places to ship. The numbers next to each dot show the average price to ship a pallet of industrial fabric to that city.

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avg_Time

 

The graph above shows the average time it takes to ship to each city when the three shipping companies are combined.
The next two graphs show the average cost and the average amount of time it takes to ship based on the quotes obtained from the three shipping companies.

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Kiev, Ukraine is clearly the most expensive city in the study. Cities in Eastern Asia and Western Europe as well as Canada appear to be the most cost-effective places to ship a pallet to. As for the amount of time, cities in India take far longer than other cities around the world. Canada, Western Europe and Eastern Asia appear to also be the most efficient places to ship to when considering time.
Remote cities are more expensive and take longer to ship to than cities on the coast or along a major transit corridor. International shipping does seem to be efficient enough for a company that ships materials which do not usually have a strict time constraint. Based on our research, Western Europe, China, Japan and Canada are the least expensive places to export. Eastern Europe is generally the most expensive area to send exports.