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The benefits of shipping goods

The maritime transport (shipping) of goods has always meant a safe and efficient way for the development of economic exchanges of material goods. From the multitude of transport options available in the market, maritime transport differs from all others at a low cost. Starting from a low cost, the demand for the maritime transport of goods is increasing, almost 90% of the total goods transported internationally arrive in transport ships.

The construction of specialized terminals, but also the construction of more capacious ships that can transport the goods inside with a higher speed were the consequences of the development of this means of transport.

Maritime transport of goods – economic role

It is an efficient source of transport, a cost-effective solution for importers and exporters. Low prices have led to a rapid increase in demand and an improvement in supply from logistics companies over time. https://www.gov.uk/goods-sent-from-abroad

The development of economic relations between countries is also one of the consequences of freight transport. Regardless of the transport options chosen, economic exchanges between states involve an increase in transport requirements and hence the need to develop this type of transport, by building larger commercial ships or improving terminals.

Reduced shipping prices

Transport costs are always reflected in the final selling price of the purchased goods. The more efficient the transport, the more the product can be purchased at a real cost. As such, the maritime transport of goods is one of the cheapest, the calculation being made in relation to the ton / MC of transported goods. In addition, another criterion that is taken into account is the evaluation of long-distance transport. The greater the distance, the more advantageous the price.

Easy transport, in large quantities

Maritime transport is mainly addressed to large quantities of goods. The ships are built on different sizes, are specialized on a certain category of transport, and allow loading with very large volumes of goods. You can order a long-distance sea freight, thousands of nautical miles, even without stops between loading and unloading ports. The development of maritime transport also required the construction of ships that move at higher speeds, so we can discuss maritime transport with a speed between 12 and 30 knots.

Port storage, efficient and roomy

The maritime transport of goods involves the delivery or lifting of goods in port or from the port, with the help of land travel. Once the goods have arrived in port, you must know that you benefit from port handling operations, access to car/rail transport, terminals with specific equipment, enough storage space, etc.

Different shipping solutions

Whether we are talking about containerized or oversized transport, bulk goods, or vehicle transport, there are solutions to transport all this by sea.

Containerized maritime transport is performed in full container regime (FCL) or in groupage regime (LCL).

Transport in FCL mode involves the shipment of a complete container of goods from one point of travel to another. It has a shorter transport time, and the goods do not present a risk of loss or damage. LCL or groupage transport is cost-effective, but travel time is longer. If there is not enough cargo to fill an entire container, this option is a very suitable option.

Separately, there is also the bulk shipping variant, suitable for bulk goods.

RO-RO type maritime transport considers the transport of motor vehicles, trailers, tracked vehicles.

Oversized shipping addresses large quantities of goods that do not fit in a container. Specialized equipment is used for this.

Shipping requirements

The safety of the ship, of the men, but also of the cargo is a priority. Therefore, it is good that everything is done in complete safety, starting from the stacking of the goods on board, the stowage of the goods that represent the binding and fixing of the stacked goods. Loading operations are carried out carefully so that there is no danger of the stacked cargo detaching during the rolling and pitching oscillations and thus endangering the safety of the ship, people, and cargo.

Another thing we need to pay attention to is the storage temperature of the goods. During the voyage, the ship travels thousands of nautical miles from one continent to another, passing through areas with higher or lower humidity, so that the cargo can degrade.

IMO freight transport is a special category. There are dangerous goods that need a deposit of careful storage, but also of ventilation. Container handling will be done carefully, only properly equipped. Fire prevention measures are often required. Also, the containers will be protected from the sun’s rays. The stacking will be done carefully, so that the goods cannot fall overboard, into the water.

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