What modes of transport are best suited for your import requirements?
Before selecting your mode of transport, it’s beneficial to first investigate your budget and time frames.
There are various options available to you. Either a 20ft/40ft/40ft high cube which you can fill if you have enough product. If you do not have enough to ship a full container, there are Less than Container Load (LCL) options available. Transit times will vary depending on what port you are using.
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If you're importing goods that are small in quantity, high value or needed urgently, then air freight is the option for you.
It’s the more expensive option compared to sea freight; however, the goods will arrive much faster. The transit time is typically only a few days, rather than weeks or months.
Currently, rail freight is becoming more and more popular, especially from China. Transit times are faster than ocean and are usually cheaper than airfreight. More detailed rail freight information can be found here.
Rail freight is also a significantly more environmentally friendly method of transport than air or road freight. Railroads are roughly four times more fuel efficient than moving the same goods by truck.
However, the availability of rail freight shipments is significantly reduced compared to ocean freight.
Have a question? Speak to our import specialist
Jade Blackburn is out import specialist and has worked with many companies of all sizes across the globe to create effective import strategies.