The differences between air and sea freight are seemingly apparent, but for shippers, there is much more than meets the eye. With cost and transit time being big factors between air & sea, there is also a difference in what can be shipped by air, and what is more suitable for shipping by sea. But how do we know what method is more suitable for a shipment?

Sea Freight

It is no secret that sea freight is still known as the cheapest shipping solution, and also the most environmentally friendly solution, but this does come at a price; time. Maritime shipping is definitely not the world’s fastest shipping method, depending on where a vessel sets off, and the destination, shipments can take up to two months to reach their point of destination.  

It does however come with the benefit of being the more affordable method for shipping bulk and overweight items. With very few height or weight restrictions, there are almost no limitations as to what can and can’t be shipped. 

Air Freight

Being the fastest shipping method, it does come with a number of confines. Being a restricted space, only items of a certain size and weight can be flown. The larger or heavier the shipment, the higher the cost.  Air freight shipments are calculated on the greater of weight or size.

Air freight also carries its benefits of being a more reliable and quicker method of shipping, allowing for stock to reach its destination far sooner than sea freight and thus aiding cash flow by not having goods on a vessel for weeks on end. 

“Knowing which shipping method will work best for a shipment is very important. It is always best to speak to a freight forwarder, such as Pioneer Freight, to find out which shipping method is best for your particular shipment” says Ryan Burgess, director of Pioneer Freight.