Choosing Between Air Freight and Sea Freight
When having your products or materials transported to an international destination, you can choose from air freight or sea freight. Each option comes with its own pros and cons, and your choice will ultimately depend on your specific shipment needs. At different times and in different circumstances you might find yourself choosing one option over the other.
When choosing the best option for your business, you will factor in important things like cost and convenience. Whatever is guiding your decision; this choice should always be strategic and should always provide the greatest benefit for your business. There are therefore some things to think about before you make any decision as to which you should use at the specific moment in time.
Air Freight vs. Sea Freight
Air freights accommodate less material than the sea freight because of its limited size. However, they have a quicker turnaround. Sea freight does not get the product to the destination at the quickest time possible. However, if you have a very large shipment it will be able to accommodate it. Due to the different nature of the two types of shipments, you will need to look at a few factors before deciding which one to use. Here are a few things to consider:
How Fast Do You Need It Shipped And Delivered?
Air travel is faster than having the products sent across the sea. Therefore, if your shipment is small and personal, or when you are shipping items to a customer who requested that it be delivered quickly, then you might want to use this option. Air freight is ideal for German businesses who offer their customers expedited services. Getting the item there on time is very important and usually when something is traveling by air there are very few circumstances that will come in the way to cause delays.
What Budget Are You Working With?
Since the air freight option is a lot quicker and more convenient you would expect that it will cost you a bit more money than the sea freight option. If you want to spend the least amount of money (especially when trading products through import and export), the sea freight is the way to do it. There is not always a necessity to get items delivered right away and so the speed at which the ships work should be adequate for your shipments. Unnecessary air freight solutions should be avoided since your profits may be effected.
What Are You Shipping?
What exactly are you shipping? Along with the other factors, the type of materials, and their weight matters greatly when deciding which freight forwarding services will suit your needs. If you are transporting something extremely large or heavy then you will expect that it might not be able to be transported in the air. Ships are designed to accommodate the large items that you need transported. Another thing that you should consider is how susceptible the product is to damage (as in how fragile) because small fragile item might be safer in the air.
Whatever your needs are for transporting goods, we at Kesom Freight can cater for it by first understanding your business specifics. Simply get in touch with us to discuss which option will be suited for your business.