Freight transportation is the movement of goods or cargo from one place to another physically by any means possible. In addition to commercial freight services, we also provide a comprehensive range of freight forwarding services.
Air freight is the fastest and most secure shipping method for sending your cargo almost anywhere. It has highly reliable arrival and departure timings, and require less packaging compared to other shipping methods.
While air freight charges may be higher, their insurance premium is significantly cheaper due to the shorter transportation time and reduced risk of theft.
When to choose air freight:
Smaller volume of goods
Delicate goods that degrade quickly
Sea freight is a lower-cost option for delivering larger and heavier shipments across very long distances, in full or part-container loads. The main disadvantages of cargo vessels are the longer time taken to reach their destination and being subjected to poorer handling and risks at sea.
While shipping large volume of durable goods can be affordable, other goods like chemicals and breakables need to be registered as high priority to preserve them. These high priority goods usually incur higher shipping fees and insurance premiums.
When to choose sea freight:
Non-time sensitive deliveries
High volume of durable goods
Trucking is a cost-effective method for transporting smaller volumes of goods by land. Trucks are extremely important in intermodal shipping, where cargo is transported via a combination of land, air or sea shipping.
Advantages of trucking include the flexibility to deliver to any location where there are roads as well as availability on short notice. As they are not bound to flight and sea schedules, there is minimal disruption for clients even in bad weather.
Warehousing provides a centralised location for your goods, making it easier to track and manage your inventory. A better control over your inventory means your customers will receive their products on time, which ultimately increases your profits.
In a land-constrained country like Singapore, companies may find it more cost-effective to rent a storage space than to own an in-house warehouse.
Custom clearance is made complicated with an increasing volume of cargo. It involves many processes including
liaising with multiple entities,
getting the necessary documentation ready and
figuring out the classification rulings and tariffs on your goods.
Therefore, for your convenience, this is a service that an experienced logistics company can offer to ensure your goods are transited smoothly.
Cargo insurance can prevent substantial losses due to unexpected events during transportation by covering the value of your goods. These events may include cargo theft, natural disasters and piracy.
Factors to Consider When Choosing a Logistics Company
Experience determines how your freight forwarding partner deals with unexpected shipping issues such as strikes, port shutdown, cargo reroutes and customs in different parts of the world. An experienced partner will be able to ensure your goods arrive on time.
A logistics company should be competent in the specific service areas your business requires. It is also important to consider their abilities to meet your future needs as it will save you time and effort spent on establishing new relationships.
Services to consider
Transportation of special goods like military and hazardous cargo
Tracking inland transportation
Booking cargo space
Negotiating freight charges
A logistics company with excellent customer service will provide all the support you need, including direct access to the agent managing your cargo. By providing you with an open and responsive line of communication, you will always be kept informed of the shipment status.
Factors Affecting Freight Charges
Weight and Size of Shipment
Some of the biggest factors affecting shipping charges are the weight and size of your goods. The heavier and larger your shipment is, the higher the shipping charges.
Distance between Source and Destination
Generally, the larger the distance covered, the higher the shipping costs. However, there may be variations in these calculations. This is due to the added costs passed on to you when carriers need to rely on third parties to cover the geographical location that they do not. If in doubt, always check with your logistics partner beforehand.
Freight shipments are generally grouped into freight classes, depending on their transportability which is determined by the density, ease of handling, stowability and liability of your goods. The higher the freight class is, the more expensive it will be to ship.
Shipping charges are affected by how urgently you want your goods to reach the destination. The more time-sensitive the shipment is, the higher it will cost.
Fuel Costs, Tariffs and Negotiated Rates
Tariffs are imposed taxes on imported and exported goods. Together with varying fuel prices, different tariffs imposed by each country can affect the final shipping cost you pay.
Why choose M&P International Freights?
Top Logistics Company in Singapore
M&P International Freights is the top logistics company in Singapore. We have many years of experience handling all types of goods including special shipments like military and hazardous cargo. As a one-stop logistics company, we also take care of all your administrative needs so you can focus on growing your business.
We Prioritise Your Business Needs
We understand that your shipments are extremely important to your business. Therefore, we always strive to offer the most comprehensive, cost-effective, and reliable solutions for your shipping needs. With a direct line to our agent managing your cargo, you will never have to worry.
M&P International Freights has years of logistics experience in the industry, contact us today and let us know how we can assist you!