Key Advantages of Ocean Freight Shipping

Sea freight companies can usually accommodate one's needs regardless of the size of your shipments. Smaller shipments can be combined with other cargo to fill a container, enabling transportation costs to be shared.

Fremont, CA: For anyone sending cargo internationally, it is well known that ocean freight shipping is an option that provides shippers with transportation services at a low cost. Because oceans and waterways cover the majority of our planet, it is one of the oldest modes of freight transportation. It is also one of the most accessible. In fact, the international shipping industry transports more than 90 percent of the world's goods. But, with alternatives such as air, road, and rail transportation, why should a shipper consider ocean transport? Continue reading to learn about the top five advantages.

Efficiency

Sea freight companies can usually accommodate one's needs regardless of the size of your shipments. Smaller shipments can be combined with other cargo to fill a container, enabling transportation costs to be shared. Larger cargo can be loaded into one or more containers, providing shippers with unrivaled bulk options. In fact, because they are designed to transport large amounts of goods or raw materials, vessels are the perfect way to move high volumes of cargo.

Heavy, Oversized, and Bulky Cargo Capability

The ability of shipping companies to handle oversized, heavy, or bulky cargo – often referred to as breakbulk or Not in Trailer (NIT) loads – is a significant advantage of sea freight shipping. Large vehicles, equipment, construction materials, and other items may be transported as cargo. Very large cargo, which is frequently too heavy or large for air freight or even over-the-road transportation, is not a problem for many shipping vessels.

Economical

The ocean shipping industry, hands down, provides the most competitive shipping charges to shippers, particularly over long distances. According to some estimates, ocean freight shipping costs four to six times less than air freight shipping. With statistics like this, it is easy to argue that ocean shipping is the most cost-effective international shipping option.

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