Air Freight vs Ocean Freight – What’s Best for You?

Oct 20, 2021

The choice between air freight and ocean freight services ultimately comes down to which factors are most important to you in the shipping process. Here’s a glance at a few of the pros and cons of air freight and ocean freight:

  Pros Cons
Air Freight
  • Fast shipping
  • Can easily reach inland destinations
  • Higher cost
  • Stricter regulations on accepted goods
  • Price dependent upon weight and volume
  • Cannot ship goods as a container
Ocean Freight
  • Cost-effective
  • Prices determined by volume, not weight
  • Full control of container from factory to destination
  • Slower
  • Delays occur more often

As you can see, each shipping method has its merits and its drawbacks. In general, it’s worthwhile to consider ocean freight options in cases where turnaround time is not of the utmost importance, because it’s a cost-effective option that usually gives you greater control of your shipping containers.

Choose an Option Based on Shipping Requirements

With Transmodal, our clients can select the best suited and most cost-effective options for both air freight and ocean freight services, based on their specific requirements, which often include:

  • Time sensitivity
  • Temperature control
  • Perishable goods
  • Shipment size
  • Hazardous materials

Think Outside the Box

An important benefit to ocean shipments is that they allow for flexibility when your goods do not fill an entire shipping container. Our freight consolidation services allow clients to ship with less than a full container load, by combining their shipment with those from other organizations in order to create a full container, offering a flexible and cost-effective solution.

Consider the Global Supply Chain

A final consideration when deciding between ocean freight and air freight is the state of the global supply chain at the time of your shipment. For example, the outbreaks of the Covid-19 pandemic have impacted the shipping industry and caused delays throughout the supply chain. These delays have resulted in an increased demand for international shipping, and as a result, increased prices – which clients should be aware of as they navigate the shipment process. Connect with our team to discuss the ideal mode of transportation to ship your goods.

At Transmodal, we take a hands-on and personal approach with our clients. When requesting a quote, we’ll discuss your options with you one-on-one to ensure your shipping needs are met. Whether you’re shipping goods by air or ocean, we’ll provide a transportation solution that is cost and time effective. And, if you don’t require full container loads, we can offer our consolidation services to meet your unique needs.


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