U.S. military pays $610 million in Afghan war 'late fees'
Our take: Though it may be difficult to remove materiel from Afganistan, the U.S. military seems to have made a poor decision in its shipping matters.
The US military squandered more than $610 million in late fees over the past decade by failing to return rented shipping containers in Afghanistan on time, according to a data point buried at the bottom of a USA Today story.
According to this website specializing in shipping container sales, the cost of a new 40-ft.-high cube runs $5,000 or more, with used versions starting at $3,000. A hundred thousand new containers would cost just north of $500 million, considerably less than the cost of the late fees let alone the original cost of renting them.
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