Advantages of Sea Freight
Economical – The cost of shipping your goods via sea freight is usually far less than that of air. This is because sea freight services allow you to ship goods in large quantities and because they tend to have lower land costs.
Flexible – The vessels used in sea freight can accommodate a wide range of items, regardless of their weight, size and dimensions. They are designed to carry large amounts of goods so are the ideal option for transporting high volumes of cargo as well as bulky items like vehicles, industrial parts and machinery. Smaller items can also be arranged to be grouped with other small cargo to fill containers.
Environmentally Friendly – Ships provide the most carbon-efficient mode of transport as they consume the least amount of fuel.
Safety – The containers your items are stored in when being shipped over sea are very secure. They provide great protection to the goods, protecting them not only from the weather but also temperature variations, theft and impacts during handling. This greatly reduces the risk of loss and deterioration.
Disadvantages of Sea Freight
Slow – Sea freight can be very time-consuming, with goods sometimes taking a month or two to arrive at their destination.
Global Reach Might Not be Available – With sea freight, the countries you want to ship to must have the appropriate infrastructure to receive large vessels carrying containers. If they don’t have the appropriate facilities and ports, for instance, you’ll have to find another way to get your goods there.
Riskier – The risks associated with sea freight tend to be significantly higher due to the length of time it takes to deliver the goods. This method of shipping is more likely to encounter extreme weather conditions and delays.