Ocean Freight Shipping Explained
Simply put, sea freight is the physical process of transporting commodities and merchandise via the ocean. This is the most common mode of transport used by importers and exporters. In fact, 90% of all goods being transported around the world is shipped by sea freight.
Although other international transport modes are all faster (air, train, courier), ocean freight shipping remains the most economical and widely adopted solution. But while the sea freight process might be the most inexpensive one, it’s definitely not the least complicated.
Why Use A Freight Forwarder?
A good freight forwarder can save you invaluable time and potential hassle while reliably transporting your products around the world at competitive rates. Since ocean freight can be very slow and air freight too expensive, freight forwarders are constantly optimising their services and now offer something called expedited freight – a service nearly as fast as air freight, with costs similar to that of sea freight. It works by streamlining ocean freight processes with the use of only the fastest available shipping and trucking services.
Furthermore, a freight forwarder takes care of the complete sea freight process, from paperwork to regulations involved when trading internationally:
- Tracking Inland Transportation;
- Preparation of Shipping and Export Documents;
- Booking Cargo Space;
- Negotiating Freight Charges;
- Freight Consolidation;
- Cargo Insurance; and
- Filing Insurance Claims.
As you can see, this is serious business that needs to be implemented with the upmost care and attention to detail. Seatram is a specialist freight forwarder with the experience and knowledge needed to give you an expert, “dock to door” solution. Have a look at our ocean freight shipping options. For more Freight forwarding advice please see our other articles.