Ocean Freight

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Ocean freight is the most cost effective shipping method

because a single container ship can hold up to 24,000 containers. Imagine putting 24,000 containers in one truck load! 

While it can seem complicated and confusing (dealing with international vendors in a different language adds another layer of complexity) partnering with JORI Logistics makes it easy. We’re not afraid to get creative with our transportation solutions to find the best fit for you.

What Are The General Types Of Ocean Freight?

There are many different types of vessel but the main 5 types are:

Freight Forwarder Vs Ship Broker

Typically, a freight forwarder specializes in managing both Break bulk shipments and Containers ships. On the other hand, ship brokers primarily focus on chartering entire vessels or part of a vessel. This chartering often involves various types of cargo, including break bulk, roll on roll off and VLCC.

Ocean Container Freight:

In today’s shipping world, 90 % of non bulk cargo worldwide is transported efficiently by shipping containers. These modern containers have evolved significantly, carrying up to 21,000TEUs and stretching as long as 400 Meters (1,300 ft).

Two types of ocean container freight are:

Less Than Container Load (LCL)

Is where you share a container with others, which works better with smaller volumes, usually ranging from 2 to 13 cubic meters (M3). While LCL can be cost effective for smaller shipments, it is worth knowing that there are often high fixed costs involved in areas such as trucking, documentation, warehousing and port fees. LCL can also lead to increased customer inspections, as your cargo is mixed with other shipments.

Full Container Load (FCL)

FLC shipping involves using an entire shipping container for your cargo, this can be of great advantage if you have a large shipment. While FLC can be more cost effective for larger shipments, it is important to maximize container space and use the most of the shipping cost.

What Is Drayage?

Drayage is the short-distance transportation of goods, by truck, between port, rail terminal, or other cargo hub. This is a crucial link in the supply chain, connecting larger transport networks such as ports and railways to final delivery points like warehouses, or distribution centers.

Rent Vs Own A Container

In the ocean freight world the vast majority of cargo is moved in carrier-owned containers (COC). This approach generally offers cheaper rates compared to using shipper-owned containers (SOC). Shipper-owned containers are mainly used for remote locations.

Door To Door Vs Port To Port Costs

Door to Door means the transportation costs from the export vendors location to the import customers location. When working to keep ocean freight costs down it is more important to focus on “Door to Door” costs, as “Port to Port” costs often represent less than half of the total shipping costs. To truly keep overall costs down you must also make sure you are not overpaying for export door to port costs, and import port to door costs.
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