Why Choose Sea Freight Over Air Freight?
Posted on October 22, 2013
Whether you are a business needing to move assets internationally or an individual relocating, which transport method to use to do so is an important decision. While air freight is unbeatable as far as speed is concerned, it comes with other disadvantages that often make sea shipping a better option.
You would be right to think that sea shipping is cheaper most of the time for example, although it does depend on the nature of your shipment. Typically, a maritime freight-forwarder's price structure is based on size, so if you are able to fill at least a whole container, you will most likely get a better price than you would shipping your goods by air. On the other hand, you will still be charged for a full container even if it is half empty. LCL (less container loads) are expensive when you start to full around half the container – often it is cheaper to get a full container than half fill it and share with someone else. This is when air freight can be a better solution for the smaller items.
Speed can also be a determining factor. It is undeniable that planes are faster, but it is not always an advantage, especially for individuals. You may actually be grateful that your belongings will be in transit for several weeks, allowing you to organise yourself at your point of destination.
In our world of targets to reduce gas emissions, the environmental cost of shipping is not only important to ecologically-minded individuals: green credentials can also help you win business and tax rebates. So not only is maritime shipping more ethical and responsible, it also makes commercial sense.
It is true that when it comes to reliability, sea freight may not win, and schedules tend to be more fluid and less under control. However, when you have large, oddly shaped or bulky shipment, it will be there for you, long after air freight has thrown in the towel.
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