The flat, assemble-on-site construction means that you can pack more vehicles in the hold, and the low level of technological knowledge means that the locals can run it themselves. Coupled with the low price, and you can get some decent demand growing: demand that you ship would gladly serve, in return for a reasonable fee to make it worth your while.
I can see certain captains make shipping such goods their own private money tree. Since poor, out-of-the-way worlds are, well, poor and out of the way, it could take quite a while before competing captains figure out why his ship always makes it through the hard times… if they ever figure it out, that is!
From Fox News:
The OX: A flat-pack truck that could change the world
[…or several dozen worlds, in Traveller…]
Meet the Ox, the world’s first flat-pack truck. It’s an all-terrain vehicle that’s been designed by an F1 ace to be low-cost and able to tackle the world’s toughest environments.
The Ox is a multi-purpose truck that can carry 13 people, 1,900kg of cargo and even double up as an ambulance. The aim is noble, to change the lives of millions of people in developing countries.
To save on delivery costs, it arrives in a flat-pack. It takes three people under 12 hours to assemble it with a toolkit of just 40 spanners. If you can handle an IKEA chest of drawers, you should be able to build a truck.
The Ox is packed with great design features. Like the centralized steering wheel, so it works in countries that drive on the left and right.
Or the plywood panels that can be assembled with just one Allen key. Drivers can add engine fluids from the cabin.
The tailgate comes off to form a ramp for heavy cargo. And the rear seats double up as sand ladders in case your vehicle gets stuck.
“It’s the lowest cost off-road vehicle in the world,” said Murray.
It can drive through 75 cm depth of water and has a very wide track to ensure excellent stability on badly rutted roads. It could be air dropped into a disaster zone and assembled on site. “The world cannot afford to make a mess of this,” said Barry Coleman from Riders for Health.