Different types of freight and when to use them

January 18, 2017

Getting your goods to market or importing/exporting vital stock or equipment is a necessity for many Perth companies, this article looks at the most popular options and considers the pros and cons.

There are two main transportation options with Imports & Exports, Air freight and Sea Freight, each has its own benefits and drawbacks depending on the situation.

Air freight

Primarily used for high value and low volume shipments. Here are our top 5 reasons for choosing air freight.

Speed

When time is of the essence, air freight delivers.

Reliability

Air freight is highly planned and organised making the service extremely reliable.  If the worst happens and you miss a flight, delays are usually minimal as flights depart regularly.

Connectivity

Airlines are part of a vast global network. This means that you can send your shipment to thousands of destinations world-wide.

Security

Airport safety protocols for freight are stringent reducing the opportunity for theft and damage.

Trackability

Our systems allow us to track your cargo allowing us to monitor the status of your shipment from departure to arrival and keep you constantly updated.

The down side

If you have heavy, light but large volume or irregular shaped cargo, the cost of airfreight may be prohibitive.

Sea Freight

People have been trading and transporting goods by sea for thousands of years.  Because it’s been a popular and reliable method of getting freight from A to B for so long, the industry has well established processes and protections in place.  Here are our top 5 reasons for choosing sea freight.

Value for money

Because size, volume and weight are easily accommodated, utilising the lower costs of sending bulk items by sea freight makes good economic sense.   Shipping goods using sea freight services usually eliminates most space, dimensions and weight limitations.

Hazardous or dangerous goods

There are also specialist service providers who can provide expert advice and assist with importing, exporting and transporting hazardous or dangerous goods by sea.

Reliability

With an established global network of ports, it’s possible obtain or to get your goods to market, wherever that market is.   Choose a freight forwarder with outreach to global partners to ensure that your goods are received, processed and dispatched seamlessly and without delay.

Flexibility

Sending goods by sea offers a multitude of options, and a variety of sea container types.  Households and exporters commonly choose general purpose containers, however there are other options to suit your specific needs.

  • Open top containers are ideal for transporting over-sized cargo
  • Flat rack containers are especially suitable for heavy loads and cargo that needs loading from the top or sides, such as pipes and machinery.
  • Tank containers come in a range of capacity and pressure ratings for liquids or powders.
  • Refrigerated containers are perfect for temperature sensitive cargo.

Environmental considerations

The environmental impact of your businesses supply chain protocols are under the spotlight with many companies and individuals factoring in the environmental footprint into their purchasing matrix.

Because of its higher carrying capacity, sea freight is considered a much greener transportation mode. If you have sufficient lead time, you can reduce your carbon footprint by choosing sea freight shipping as the preferred option to transport their goods.

The down side

If your business dictates a fast turn-around air freight is faster and more appropriate choice.  For smart businesses with no time constraints, planning ahead and choosing sea freight can pay dividends.

Give the team at MYCARGO a call on (08) 9253 0121 to get expert advice on all forms of freight forwarding.

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