India has become the new flagship of the emerging countries, after overtaking China in the forecasts for economic growth. Its transition to a free market economy and the progressive increase in the purchasing power of a highly qualified middle class have contributed to stimulate greatly the ocean freight transportation to India.
Besides, the recent measures to control deficit and inflation, as well as domestic and foreign investment in infrastructure and services, inspire great confidence to investors worldwide. The ocean freight transportation to India has become a key option for any export strategy.
In order to insure you take the maximum advantage of your booking of ocean freight transportation to India, we suggest choosing carefully between a Full Container Load (FCL) or a Less than a Container Load (LCL) - Groupage.
FCL means that you will have a container exclusively for your cargo shipping. It is especially suitable in case you have to ship more than 14 or 28 cubic meters and you are able to fill more than half of a container. The maximum capacity of the standard 20 or 40-foot container is 30 and 60 cubic meters respectively. Another way to measure the capacity is by pallets: a 20-foot container holds 10 standard American pallets, and a 40-foot one holds up to 21 of this type, with the following dimensions: 39.37 in. wide and 47.24 in. long.
When your cargo fills more than half of a container, it starts being cost-effective; then consider that your cargo won’t share the container with other companies’ products, and the decision is even clearer.
By booking an LCL shipping when filling less than half of the container, you will get the lowest possible price when shipping containers to India. Nevertheless, you will probably want to prevent your cargo from being exposed to other traders’ products; in that case, FCL will be your best choice.
However, if your cargo volume can’t fill up half of a container and you are not concerned for sharing the container, we suggest choosing “groupage”; you will share the container with other traders, but you will pay only for the space used by your cargo.
The 100 million people making up the Indian middle class constitute a growing domestic demand, which has a more increasing influence in the more than 320000 million dollars of goods imported by the country. For the Indian part, more than 200000 million dollars are exported as petroleum products, gemstones, iron, steel, machinery, clothes, vehicles, etc. Such traffic requests a powerful port network, with more than twenty first-order seaports.
In the event of a very urgent delivery, we suggest quoting an air freight shipment << take into consideration the limitations on air freight shipments concerning volume and weight >>by using the calculator provided by iContainers.