Be it life or business, we always have to make choices. The same happens when you choose to ship internationally. You could choose to ship the cargo either through an airplane or you could ship it by the means of water, i.e. through a cargo ship. While air freight has its own benefits, so does ocean shipping. Ocean shipping has been around for quite a long time and is the core of import/export and logistics.
It is a cost-effective solution that’s used to transport non-perishable goods across continents when time is not the buyer’s top priority. While we all know sea freight is the most requested shipping option that’s used by most of the international businesses around, it’s important to know what makes it so.
Before burrowing into its merits, let’s take a look at different types of ocean freight solutions:
– Full Container Load (FCL): Similar to complete truck load in road freight shipping, it refers to having the complete cargo container to yourself. FCL is particularly useful when shipping bulk load of quantities weighing between 15,000 and 80,000 pounds such as automobiles and heavyweight manufacturing equipments.
– Partial Container load: This refers to sharing the container with several other businesses and is useful while shipping limited quantity of goods that weigh between 1,000 and 15,000 pounds. It’s cost-effective and optimizes the transit time since the goods can be shipped as soon as they are ready and unlike FCL, you don’t have to wait until the container is full.
– Flat Rack: This freight shipping solution is particularly used by firms that ship bulky consignments that require the top or side loading and requires colossal steel containers having dimension of 20 and 40 inches.
– Oversized or Project Cargo: As the name suggests, this particular solution is solely used for humongous consignments.
Let’s now understand how ocean shipping is the gist of import-export industry.
1. Cost-effective: Ocean freight shipping is the cheapest way of shipping consignments to international destinations. It doesn’t eat into your profits and substantially reduces your operational costs. While airlines calculate costs on ‘chargeable weight’, i.e. a specific combination of shipment’s weight and size, shipping agencies charge you on cubic meters your shipment takes.
2. Environment friendly: All of us have a responsibility towards the planet we live on. Since everything isn’t about convenience, it’s pivotal that logistics companies promote environmental friendly measures that help in reducing the carbon footprints from the environment. Also, social awareness can change the way the public looks at a company. Cargo ships emit fewer amounts of Carbon dioxide as compared to airplanes. Also, ocean freight industry proactively manages wastes and recycles materials. It also reuses the shipping containers.
3. Variety of permitted goods: There are a number of items that affect the cabin pressure and flight safety. Airlines generally put restrictions on a variety of products. That’s not the case with ocean freight. For example, you can freely ship aerosols via ocean but not through airplanes.
4. Quantity: Cargo ships have significantly more storage space and that makes it possible to ship large batches of automobiles and industrial manufacturing equipments. Airplanes were not built to carry such colossal shipments.
While shipping across oceans, a customer looks for a freight forwarding company that’s reliable and experienced. At Top Notch Logistics, we are globally known for our expertise in handling cargo operations and providing seamless and integrated logistics services.