What is break bulk shipping?
Most shipping specialists are aware of the more common methods of cargo movement, including air freight forwarding and container shipping. However, what options do you have for oversized cargo? The answer to the question is break bulk shipping. The term comes from the much older phrase “breaking bulk” which means that you extract a part of the cargo and literally ‘break it apart from the rest’. Break bulk is defined as good or general cargo that does not use or fit in standard shipping containers.
Even though they sound rather similar, it is important to note that bulk shipping and break bulk are two different things. There are distinctive differences between break bulk shipping and bulk shipping. That is why these two terms cannot be used interchangeably. To inform you about the difference and the difference in how they operate we are going to tell you a bit more about the three major differences.
Advantage of engaging a break bulk service
Break bulk cargo handling procedure
The primary concept of break bulk is that goods are loaded individually, and not in bulk or intermodal containers. That is why cargo is often stored at warehouses before the ship arrives – even though it is possible for it to be delivered straight from a train or truck onto the ship. Either the dockside cranes or the ship’s gears are going to lift the cargo on board.
The actual loading and unloading will require a great deal of labour. That is because each item is individually lifted on board.
Break bulk warehouse
A break bulk warehouse is going to serve as the sole location where you can receive bulk shipments. This is where you can easily break them into smaller shipments if necessary. That means that you could easily opt for local delivery for different customers and offer smaller shipments instead of requiring them to go long distance.
M&P International Freights as your break bulk agent
If you need a professional freight forwarder who can help you make these changes, a company who has experience in break bulk and an extensive network of agencies and partners around the world, M&P International Freights will be able to assist you with it. As one of the leading freight forwarders in the world, you can be sure that M&P International Freights will help you take the right step forward when it comes to your freight and cargo.