Product Typical Shelf Price Shipping Costs Shipping Costs Share
TV Set $700 $10.00 1.4%
DVD/CD Player $150 $1.50 1.0%
Vacuum Cleaner $150 $1.00 0.6%
Scotch Whisky (bottle) $50 $0.15 0.3%
Coffee (1 kg) $15 $0.15 3.3%
Biscuits (Tin) $3 $0.15 1.7%
Beer (Can) $1 $0.01 1.0%
Source: ISL Shipping Statistics Yearbook 2003.
Typical Ocean Freight Costs for some Products (Asia - United States or Asia - Europe)
For a large share of basic consumer goods, ocean shipping costs account for a small share of the standard shelf price. Although such figures will vary by the type of product with factors such as perishability, it it typically in the range of 1.5%.