The shipping and transport industry boasts a rich heritage founded in the very beginnings of international, transnational, and domestic transportation. Specifically, in parts of the world where the location of cities and abundance of natural waterways is conducive to shipping by boat, it’s only natural that it would become a critical part of that area’s shipping and trade infrastructure. In modern times, in spite of the rapidly developing sea and air transportation industries, sea freight continues to be a critical part of both local and world trade economies.
Sea freight is advantageous for several reasons, the most important of which are probably its cost, low environmental impact, and versatility.
Depending on the origin and destination of the cargo, sea freight can be a lot more economically practical than or air freight. By giving the flexibility to ship in bulk, sea freight services provide economic solutions and keep the landed costs of your product down. Unless product availability requires a fast turn-around, smart businesses tend to plan ahead and choose sea freight over air freight.
Shipping by boat can also be far less damaging to the environment than other forms of shipping. By burning less fuel and consequently producing less harmful greenhouse gasses, freight transporting ships make up a much smaller contribution to air pollution than other shipping industries. An air freight service emits a higher amount of polluting gasses with less space capacity compared to sea freight services which are considered a much greener transportation mode with a higher carrying capacity
Seafaring cargo vessels are incredibly accommodating when it comes to the size and nature of freight, as well. While air freight is constrained and more strictly suited to the delivery of large quantities of small goods, maritime freight vessels are versatile enough to ship a wide variety of cargo in addition to consumer goods. Cars, trucks, agricultural and industrial equipment as well as vast amounts of raw materials can all be shipped by sea. In fact, while large shipments of small manufactured goods by air and ground both domestically and internationally are commonplace, the shipment of industrial goods, raw materials, fuels and other large freight is altogether impractical using these forms of transportation.
If planned with enough lead time, businesses can reduce their carbon footprint by choosing sea freight shipping modes to transport their goods.
More time for document processing
Documentation plays an important role in any sea freight or air freight shipment. CAT (complete-accurate-timely) documentation is an industry process that guarantees hassle-free and timely deliveries. Air freight is undoubtedly the fastest transportation mode, however, unless your freight forwarder uses automated electronic processes to complete the transaction, customers are likely to experience documentation related delays. In some cases, it can defeat the entire purpose of using air freight services instead of sea freight. Customers ideally consider the complexity of documentation involved while using any mode of transportation and take advantage of longer sea freight transit times which allows more processing time to achieve CAT documentation.