Air Freight growthBest practice businesses know that choosing the best transport mode for your supply chain requirements is often a question of time and money. Depending on how quick your goods need to be moved is highly likely to determine whether you choose air freight or sea freight. While sea freight is deemed a cheaper transport service, it is impossible for a sea freight carrier to compete with air freight delivery timelines which can be turned around in as little as a day.

Each week, customers from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth seeking fast, effective freight forwarding service contact BCR for expert advice on which transport mode to use. These customers all want the quickest service that can be accessed as soon as they are ready to ship, that does not incur delays and extra costs. As a leading international air freight forwarder, BCR has many years of experience assisting businesses across Australia to decide the best mode of transport for their goods. Being able to guarantee the fastest delivery time possible, on-time delivery and daily and hourly service availability are benefits you are likely to receive by choosing air freight over sea freight services.

Read on to learn 3 benefits of using air freight over sea freight services.

Fastest delivery time possible

Every supply chain operation, at some stage, will have a requirement to transport goods whether it is at the manufacturing stage, distribution stage or the end-delivery to a customer. Successful business owners know that air freight is the fastest way to transport goods across long distances and for many businesses the shipping aspect of a supply chain is usually a question of time rather than cost. While sea freight services on average can take 15-20 days to travel from China for instance, air freight can deliver cargo to the same destination between 1 and 5 days.

Guaranteed on-time delivery

Once the transportation mode has been selected and a service booked, logistics solutions providers and Freight Managers expect the service to be carried out in the time frame allocated for that mode of transport. With sea freight services, business owners run the risk of delays due to weather conditions and port closures which may result in additional detention and demurrage charges. Air freight, however, is most commonly shipped on passenger aircraft which have multiple flights daily enabling the goods to arrive by the estimated time of delivery.

Service availability

Once a Supply Chain or Freight Manager has identified the best mode of transport to ship their products by a certain date, they ideally then need a range of service options to get the goods moving as soon as they are ready. In terms of daily schedules, sea freight has less availability compared to air freight and space is booked so far advance you are not guaranteed to confirm space on the next available ship. In comparison, air freight services are provided by multiple carriers operating with multiple daily services enabling your goods to be shipped as soon as your documentation is completed.

Choosing the best transportation mode for your goods is an important decision to be made for each shipment. If your business requires fast and on-time delivery it’s important to choose a 3PL that can assist you in preparing to have your goods shipped and ensure you can leverage multiple service options. By engaging a freight forwarder that has extensive air freight and sea freight forwarding experience, businesses are likely to choose the best transport mode for their cargo every time.

As an established air freight forwarder accredited by the IATA, BCR provides customised air freight services including competitive delivery times to small, medium and large businesses for import to or export from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.