Why Ocean Freight is the best option for your international shipping
Ocean freight is the logistics of exporting and importing cargo by shipping lines. It is also the most demanded all over the world by companies and individuals and it’s easy to guess why. It’s the low-cost way to travel long distances. Goods are packed in shipping containers, the freight forwarder books the reservation with the shipping agent, cargo is trucked to the shipping line at the port origin and shipped overseas to the importer at the port of destination. The itinerary can be port- to- port or can include truck pick up and/or delivery; door-to-port; port-to- door and door-to-door.
Just about anything you can think of is transported aboard a ship including cars, planes, electronics, food, clothing, building supplies, and medicine, In fact, ocean freight comprises 98% of world trade. However, imports of certain products like firearms, tobacco, and alcohol are regulated and subject to restrictions. Those regulations change from country to country.
Of course air freight is the fastest way to ship your cargo but… it has much stricter weight and volume restrictions compared to ocean freight and it is much more expensive. If cargo exceeds any of these measures, it will be considered oversized and will have to be quoted specifically. It is also important to consider whether cargo is stackable or not to know the real volume needed inside the plane. So air freight is a reasonable option for short distances, but if you are thinking big… Ocean freight is the answer.
–Ocean freight offers big advantages regarding cargo, including restricted and perishable: it is more flexible about certain types of goods and sometimes is the only option for shipping them.
–A cargo ship has more space and more capability. Choose between FCL (Full Container Load) and LCL (Less container Load). If your cargo does not fill a container, it is considered an LCL shipment unless you specify that you want to purchase a FCL. Learn more about this.
-Weather conditions barely affect a cargo ship’s itinerary.
-We always work in the most important and reliable ports all over the world, as well as with renowned shipping lines with years of experience. The top ocean freight routes pass through the Panama Canal, the Suez Canal, and the Straits of Malacca and also include the routes connecting Europe to the United States and the routes connecting the U.S. to Asia and the U.S. to South America.
And if you still need more reasons to go for ocean freight… Think about how easy it is.