Whether you’re running a commercial business or you’re a small, independent business owner, it’s important to understand your shipping options. What’s the difference between air and ocean cargo, anyway? The similarities end sooner than you might think. Let’s take a look at some differences between these two shipping methods.

Air cargo is typically the preferred method of shipping for smaller businesses for a few reasons. Not only does air cargo handle a lot of smaller shipments, but there are lower terminal fees and dates are more flexible.

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With ocean cargo, it’s important that you’re shipping a large number of items. Often it will have to be enough to fill a steel shipping container. Ocean freighters also run on an incredibly tight schedule. Dates aren’t as flexible and you might be working with longer delays if you’re not careful.

In addition, air cargo can make it to landlocked countries while ocean cargo needs to be received in a port city where there is a navigable body of water. These are all important things to think about as you ship goods to customers.


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