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Choosing The Right Freight Shipment Method For Your Goods


The transportation of goods worldwide has become an important aspect for lots of businesses and plays a crucial role in the global economy. Thanks to the rise of ecommerce, the shipping industry is bigger than ever with manufacturers, suppliers and consumers relying on the timely delivery of goods. To put this into perspective, around 11 billion tons of goods are transported each year just by ship alone.

There are many transportation methods available for shipping goods worldwide including sea freight, air freight and road freight. Selecting and investing in the correct shipping method for your goods, whether this is raw materials, manufacturing parts or finished products, is essential to ensure timely delivery and uninterrupted business operations. With so many transportation methods available, how do you decide which is best for your goods and business?

Delivery Time

First things first, you need to evaluate your cargo. This includes evaluating the type of goods you’re transporting and how quickly you need it to be delivered. If your goods are time sensitive and perishable, then a faster delivery method would be the better option.

Similarly if you’re needing to make a shipment fast and efficiently and have it delivered to the recipient as soon as possible, then a faster transportation method is recommended. Air freight would be the ideal shipping method in either of these situations thanks to the quick, seamless and efficient delivery it provides.

An image of the bottom of a plane, with the word "cargo" inscribed onto it.

Size and Volume

If you’re looking to ship a large amount of cargo that is both heavy and bulky, then you should consider sea freight rather than air freight. Whilst shipping by air is faster, you can be limited to how much you can ship due to weight restrictions and a typical pallet can’t exceed 1000kg. Shipping by sea however offers a lot more flexibility.

When opting to use sea freight, you pay for a shipping container and can fill this with as much cargo as you wish. A 20ft ISO container can carry around 28,230kg, whereas a 40ft ISO container carries around 26,680kg as the container itself weighs more, but is twice as long. They’re particularly useful for lighter, bulky items.

A shipping port full of containers stacked on one another


The final destination of your cargo and the distance it’s travelling should also be taken into account. If you’re shipping to somewhere that’s within the UK or Europe, consider road freight as it’s an easy and budget friendly option.

a freight truck driving along a road

Or if you need to ship somewhere worldwide and your shipment isn’t time sensitive, shipping by sea is a much more environmentally friendly option compared to other freight methods.

When shipping by sea however you often also need to use road freight to reach your final destination due to the location of sea ports. Choosing air freight gives you the option to ship to almost any destination directly as most airlines have a large chain of destinations globally.


The cost of shipping your cargo is also a major factor that needs to be considered when choosing the right method. Whilst air freight may be the most efficient and fastest method and therefore the most appealing, it is the most expensive. On the other hand, road freight and especially sea freight are much more economical options but they could take longer. It’s important to weigh up the benefits of speed vs costs and decide which is more important for your business.

Environmental Impact

The impact our actions are having on the environment and the size of our carbon footprint is becoming an increasingly important issue and therefore needs to be considered when choosing your freight shipping method. Air transport is often seen as a major contributor to climate change and global warming as airplanes emit a large amount of greenhouse gases. Statistics show that air freight produces around 10 times more CO2 than sea freight, making it a much more sustainable method.

A close up shot of some stacked cargo containers on a ship sailing through the sea


Assessing the reliability of a transportation method is another factor that should be considered during the decision making process. Factors such as a good track record of on-time delivery and secure handling of goods is vital to ensure your cargo gets to where it needs to be safely and in the right time frame.

In this case, air freight is the perfect transportation method as it is highly reliable with multiple flights leaving destinations a day and thanks to tight airport security and regulations, the risk of mistakes or theft is smaller.

An image of an airplane taking off on the runway


Choosing the right transportation method for your goods is a complex process that involves careful consideration of various factors. Thoroughly evaluating the cost, location and weight of your goods will help to make an informed decision to ensure your cargo is delivered efficiently.

Not only is it important to choose the right freight shipping method, but so is finding a reliable freight forwarder to help you reach your destination. At Jenkar Shipping, we have over 45 years of experience in the international freight industry and our expert team goes the extra mile for our customers to ensure smooth, fast and seamless delivery of all cargo.

Get in touch with our freight experts who are more than happy to help you get your cargo to where it needs to be in the most effective method for your business.

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