A curious difference exists between the cost of shipping domestically and internationally. Sending something 700 kilometres away can cost nearly four times more than sending it 15,000 kilometres away.
Russell Thompson, Associate Professor in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering, says this partially related to our low-density cities. The layout of cities in Australia contribute to higher operating costs, as there are small parcels moving around in small vans. Other factors determining the cost of delivery include Australia’s high safety standards and the cost of fuel.
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