What transport options can freight forwarders offer?
It is important to pick the right freight forwarder for the job as some specialise in one mode of transport while others have specific expertise in importing and exporting from certain countries. Most general freight forwarders will be able to offer the following options.
Air Freight: this is usually the best choice when the goods are light or need to get to a destination quickly.
Road Haulage: this is generally a good option for moving goods within Europe.
Containerised: this is probably the most common way of transporting goods.
There are two options when transporting goods in a Container:
1: Booking a whole 20′ or 40′ container to yourself, which If there are enough goods to fill a whole container is probably the most cost effective option. This is known as Full Container Load (FCL)
2: Booking space in a consolidated container, where the goods will be loaded with other consignments. This is known as Less than Container Loads (LCL) or Groupage. If you don’t need much space then this is a cheaper option.
Containers, are also referred to as Multi Modal Containers or Shipping Containers, they may travel by road, rail and sea during their journey.