Sea transportation: pluses and minuses
International sea transportation has been and remains one of the most profitable ways of transportation. There are several reasons for such popularity among consumers:
- Low fuel consumption by ship, respectively, reduced the cost of transportation.
- High load capacity, the ability to transport large quantities of goods at a time.
- Using containers ensures quick and easy loading and unloading of goods.
Difficulties of international sea transportation
The only drawback of container shipping is the delivery duration and the inability to accurately determine the delivery time. In case of goods transportation over long distances ship may be delayed because of the headwind or other natural disasters. It delays delivery for a few weeks sometimes. Also customs clearance takes some time. To avoid this, you should trust paperwork and cargoes transportation only to professional transportation companies, so you are guaranteed to get the goods at the specified time.
When delivery by sea may be beneficial?
Sometimes, sea transportation could be an inappropriate solution because of the long time of delivery. But in most cases, international container shipping is irreplaceable. So, when should you use this type of transportation?
- When the speed has lower priority than cost.
- When you need to deliver an oversized goods or large consignment.
- When you need to transport the goods, prohibited for carriage by other types of transport.
The damage and theft during transportation are excluded because of using modern completely sealed containers. Thanks to the durable materials used to produce containers, the impact of weather conditions on the cargo is completely excluded too.