When choosing your shipping options with a Freight Forwarder, you may choose air or ocean shipping, there are many choices to consider. Top 3 Factors to Consider with Air Freight vs. Ocean Freight for Shipping Cargo
1. Air Freight vs. Ocean Freight Shipping Cost
Naturally you have a budget and will want to know which will cost you less, air freight or ocean freight. You will usually hear that shipping by ocean is cheaper than shipping by air. The cost is directly related to the cargo size. With larger and heavier shipments, it is often much cheaper to ship by sea. Consideration should also be placed into customs and destination fees. SCACLI staff provides ocean freight planning and consultation services, including cost analysis to simplify your financial transactions.
2. International Shipping Speed
Shipping by air is usually much faster than by ocean; if you need something in a hurry ship by air. Generally when shipping by sea, shipments can take a few weeks to months to arrive while air shipments take a few days. However, more efficient routes are being created and ships are getting faster, meaning shipments crossing the ocean are taking less time. Most Freight Forwarding companies will provide consulting services to help guide you.
3. Reliable Shipping by Air or Ocean
Air freight tends to be more reliable because although flights do get delayed by weather and other factors, airlines tend to be very on top of their schedules. Airlines usually have daily flights back and forth between major cities around the world. Ocean carriers on the other hand are sometimes off schedule and missing the cut off at a seaport means a longer delay. For many businesses, a schedule change by a day or two could have serious cost effects.
Consider these important factors when shipping internationally by air or ocean to help determine your best option. For more information on international freight forwarding, please visit www.scacli.ca.
Sea Cargo Air Cargo Logistics Inc. is a Canadian-owned international freight forwarder that provides integrated logistics services in some of the world’s most challenging environments. Shipping demands and expectations are 24/7, 365 days a year – and often unpredictable. SCACLI provides the responsiveness and flexibility of 24/7 service combined with creative solutions to fit its customers’ demands. For more information on freight forwarders or international shipping, importing or exporting, visit scacli.ca.