There are times when shipping freight by sea is better than any other solution. However, you need to be extremely careful when you choose your sea freight company, because your decision is going to influence the way your stuff will arrive at its destination.
First of all, you have to be aware that accidents happen, no matter how safe the ship may be. This is why you should always make sure you have good insurance coverage for the event your freight is going to end up on the bottom of the ocean. The best sea freight companies are the ones that buy extensive insurance coverage, giving their clients the peace of mind that they won’t lose money, should their goods get damaged during transportation.
Ocean Freight is Cheaper
Sea freight is cheaper than air freight, and it’s easy to understand why. However, this doesn’t mean sea freight isn’t as good or as reliable as air freight. The only difference is that shipping by sea takes much longer than shipping by air. If time is not an issue, you should be happy to pay lower transportation fees, but without endangering the integrity of your goods.
The type of cargo you need to ship is going to influence your choice. Besides, if you need special import or export licenses, you should probably try to find a company that can help you with the paperwork. Similarly, if you need repacking services, the right sea freight company is going to be the one able to deliver you these extra services at a reasonable cost.
This is why it’s very hard to choose a sea freight company without taking into consideration the specific details of the goods to be shipped and of the final destination of your cargo. The best way to start searching for shipping providers is by putting together a detailed list of specifications and special requirements, and only after that see what companies can comply. Prices are also important, but you shouldn’t start your search by asking for the lowest fee, as things are way more complex than this. It is possible that some companies offer you room inside a shared container, thus being able to lower your transportation costs. Such opportunities may only be available for short periods of time, therefore you have to be ready to take advantage of such an opportunity when you encounter it.
Make sure they have the experience you need
Last but not least, when choosing your sea freight company, you need to make sure they have the experience you need. For instance, if you need to transport perishables, you may want to find someone who has a wealth of experience in this type of cargo. Various destinations require specific conditions and transport documents. This is why you should try to choose a company that knows how to deal with your specific destination, in order to avoid further problems with customs clearance and other such details. If you do your homework well, your cargo is going to arrive at its destination without major incidents.
Article contributed by:
MYCARGO International Logistics
16/8 Welshpool Rd
East Victoria Park WA 6101
(08) 9253 0121