Storage cost calculator

Our calculator can help you get an idea of what your storage costs might be - all without a complicated formula. Both the handling and the associated handling costs, as well as the monthly storage costs are included. Only the possible material costs and costs for additional services are not taken into account. If you want to learn more about fulfillment costs you can visit our dedicated page here

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If you have no idea what storage costs you can expect in your region, you will find an overview of the average storage costs per pallet in different regions of Germany just after the calculator. This table is based on our partner database.

Storage costs (per pallet) in different regions of Germany

StadtWareneingangLagerungWarenausgang
Berlin1,21 € - 4,50 €4,50 € - 17,50 €1,21 € - 4,50 €
Hamburg2,00 € - 5,69 €3,00 € - 14,00 €2,00 € - 6,99 €
München1,50 € - 7,00 €3,00 € - 12,50 €1,50 € - 7,00 €
Köln1,50 € - 4,00 €3,70 € - 11,70 €1,50 € - 4,00 €
Frankfurt am Main1,00 € - 5,00 €2,70 € - 10,50 €1,00 € - 5,00 €
Stuttgart1,20 € - 7,50 €2,88 € - 22,50 €1,20 € - 7,50 €
Düsseldorf1,80 € - 3,80 €4,00 € - 9,50 €1,80 € - 3,80 €
Leipzig1,00 € - 5,00 €2,00 € - 10,50 €1,00 € - 5,00 €
Dortmund2,25 € - 3,50 €5,70 € - 7,50 €2,25 € - 3,50 €
Essen1,80 € - 3,80 €4,75 € - 7,50 €1,80 € - 3,80 €

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What does storage space cost?

Many companies still find it difficult to estimate the exact costs for logistics in an external warehouse. Especially when it comes to short-term storage or emergency storage, it is often difficult to obtain exact figures for a calculation in advance. But even with long-term stocks it is difficult to keep an overview. Yet costs for warehousing and logistics not only make up almost 9% of the German GDP, but also a decisive part of the total costs and thus the liquidity of a company. To help you better understand how storage costs are calculated, we have compiled some information below. Of course, Warehousing1 also supports you in reducing your costs. Just send us an inquiry and get the best offer from our network of over 750 partner locations.

How do you calculate the monthly costs per pallet?

To reduce your average storage costs, you need to understand in advance how the price of a pallet space or square meter is calculated. Basically, this is made up of two parts that correlate to the logistician's different storage costs:

Handling of the goods

As the name suggests, the handling price determines the cost of handling goods. This includes the transfer of load carriers, such as Euro pallets, mesh boxes or loose goods, between the warehouse and the means of transport. These costs are thus incurred when the goods arrive and when they leave the warehouse. The price is mainly influenced by the local wage prices. The total costs depend on the number of orders.

Storage per pallet/storage per square meter

The price of storage per pallet can be compared quite simply with the cost of renting a storage space for goods. This cost item is usually invoiced monthly, although a daily or weekly alternative is sometimes possible. Factors such as regional real estate prices as well as the individually determined taxes of the respective municipality can have an influence here. But also the filling level of the warehouse, the duration of the rental and the volume of an order strongly influence this value.

What factors influence the price of storage space?

Just as with houses or land, the warehousing costs of the logistics provider and therefore the price of a storage space are influenced by regional real estate prices. In cities like Berlin, Hamburg and Munich it is accordingly difficult to find favorable storage space. In rural areas, however, there are often providers with large warehouses that can store goods at very affordable prices. On the one hand, this difference is based on higher purchase prices of land and buildings, on the other hand, regional labor costs also play a decisive role and help determine the average cost of a logistics service.

Apart from the regional price fluctuations, seasonal price differences must be taken into account as well, as the different seasons also have an influence on the price for storage. The search for storage space can for example be a considerable effort around the Christmas season due to fully utilized warehousing capacities everywhere. Costs can partly double during these times. In order to be able to reduce the monthly storage costs, you should make an early effort to find suitable space. This is especially important if you want to store goods under special storage conditions, for example in cold storage or in a hazardous goods warehouse.

The nature, the type of goods and the associated storage requirements have a strong influence on pricing. This becomes very clear in the case of goods requiring cooling: cooling an entire warehouse down to low temperatures is costly for the service provider and associated with many fixed costs and restrictions. Therefore the price for storage under controlled temperature can be 2 to 3 times the price for shelf storage at ambient temperature. When storing dangerous goods and hazardous substances, required certifications and special safety precautions drive up prices as well.

Single, double or not stackable at all? Euro size or bulky goods with excess length? FiFo or LiFo? All these factors influence the storage costs per load carrier. For example, four double-stackable pallets, which can be placed on top of each other in block storage, are not only much easier to handle, but also take up less space than four non-stackable industrial pallets. Pallet storage according to the FiFo (First In First Out) principle also requires more effort and space than, for example, pallet storage according to the LiFo (Last In First Out) principle due to the complex, usually two-sided handling.

You don't want your goods to be stored, but you also want your products to be wrapped in tissue paper, placed in shipping cartons, individually covered with stickers and sent directly to the end customer? Fulfillment services of this kind naturally also influence the overall costs. In most cases, the expenses for picking the items make up considerably more than just the storage as well as the retrieval of the goods. Added to this are expenses for inventory management, material costs and the connection to the warehouse management software. In addition to fulfillment, this can also be observed in value-added services in contract logistics.

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