With our broad product range of freight shipping we cover different equipment types and consolidation services to ensure your cargo reaches the right place, at the right time in a cost-efficient way by sea. In order to deliver highest reliability we have planned space protection from every major container port in the world.
Full Container Load (FCL) refers to one 20ft, 40ft or 45ft container filled with cargo as well as flat racks and open top containers.
Less than Container Load (LCL) and refers to a shipment that doesn’t fill a standard container. Instead, the container is loaded with cargo from multiple consignees who share the container space.
Dry bulk shipping describes the transportation of dry bulk cargoes that are unpacked and homogeneous, which means they can be dropped or poured into the hold of a bulk carrier.
Roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) is the easiest and cheapest option for car shipping or transporting any vehicle. Vehicles are just driven straight onto the RORO ship and securely blocked, braced, and tied down inside the ship.
Sea freight is a method of shipping large quantities of goods by sea via cargo ship; goods are packed into containers and these containers are loaded onto a vessel, where they will be sailed to their destination country.
Sea freight is the most common mode of transport that importers and exporters use. In fact, a full 90% of everything is shipped by sea freight. The other international freight transport modes (courier, standard air freight, express air freight) are all faster, but they are also more expensive. Smaller shipments, and products with a high value, generally go by these other method.
If sea freight is too slow, but air freight is too pricey, some freight forwarders are now offering a relatively new service, often called expedited freight. This service is often nearly as quick as air freight, but it costs more like sea freight. It works by streamlining ocean freight processes and only tying in with the faster ocean services and premium trucking services.
There are multiple factors to consider when explaining the time sea freight takes.
Firstly,the time spent on water and the time shipments take from door-to-door are different; due to the process of sea freight, there are a lot of steps the goods have to go through before they reach the vessel and then once they leave it.
On top of this, the location of your goods affects the time sea freight takes. This is basic geography – some places are further away than others!
Typically, there will be around a week at each end of the process on top of your time on water. For example, if you’re importing from central China, the time on water may be 30 days – but you’ll need to add two weeks onto those 30 days for customs in both countries.
Sea freight is economically and environmentally superior to other forms of product delivery service, but only if you are looking to transport large quantities or if the destination country is far away. However, even with the option of LCL, courier services and Air Freight may still be better options depending on the product in question.