We are required to make choices not only in personal life, but in business too. Let’s consider international shipping. The two main options that we usually get include air freight and ocean freight. You may be in business and need to dispatch consignments to another country, or as an individual you may get posted to another country. In either of these cases, the mode of dispatching goods is a major decision. Here are the four factors that could influence your decision the most:
Needless to say that expense is a major consideration for taking such decisions. Businesses would consider financial viability from the point of making money, while individuals are considerate of their budget. So you’ll need to get a quote for sending the consignment by air and compare it with ocean freight. Generally speaking, air freight is costlier than the other option.
As far as speed in concerned, undoubtedly air freight is invariably faster than ocean freight. Time is a major factor for businesses, and the additional expense of air freight often compensates for time. Shipping through air may take two or three days, but shipping on the ocean takes about one month, give or take a few days. Dispatching household goods by ocean is generally worthwhile if you can plan your schedule in such a manner that you don’t need to wait long for collecting your goods at destination. You should know that there have been significant developments in this business of ocean freight, with the speed of ships going up, and the creation of canals to shorten many shipping routes. It may surprise you to learn that on certain water routes, consignments can be delivered in just eight days.
Now, this is one factor that nobody can afford to overlook. Let’s see how the two compare in this regard. Compared to the history of ocean freight, air freight seems a recent thing. Yet, we find that air freight do better in this regard. Though flights are delayed due many reasons, mainly weather, airlines are generally able to manage their schedules. Ocean carriers don’t enjoy a good reputation in this case. It is quite a norm for ships to get delayed. A delay of one or two days may not really matter in certain cases, but at times, it can have serious repercussions on your business.
4. Environmental Effects
With the world getting increasingly aware of issues concerning environment, businesses, as well as individuals, should not be too concerned about expense and convenience. We all need to make our contribution to help saving Mother Earth. Apparently, ocean freight earns more points in saving the environments. The transportation of goods using aircraft releases a lot more carbon dioxide, compared to transportation via ocean. It implies that the shipping of goods by air leaves a much bigger carbon fingerprint compared to ocean shipping. But, at the same time, ships are known to cause oil spills, and thus adversely affect the water ecosystem. It is therefore difficult to decide which means of shipping is healthier for the environments.
Originally posted on October 5, 2015 @ 9:53 am