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Ocean freight, also called sea freight, is the movement of goods internationally by sea. Ocean freight is by far the most popular option for shipping goods internationally. Roughly 90% of goods are transported around the world by sea. Though it is hugely popular, that doesn’t mean it is the only option or the best one for that matter.
Whether you are just starting or are a veteran in international shipping, most business owners find that they need to review their shipping options from time to time. If you’re currently at that point where you need to ask “Does ocean freight make sense for me?”, we’re here to help.
Ocean freight is an important part of cross-border trade that lets people move massive amounts of goods between countries.
The goods are typically transported on ships through the open ocean. There are many kinds of shipping options available for different kinds of goods. One of the most popular is container shipping, technically named containerization. With this option, goods are shipped using containers with standard sizes of 20 to 40 feet.
Apart from ocean freight, there are other international freight transport modes, which include courier, express air freight, and standard air freight. All of these transport modes involve shipping by air and are therefore much faster than ocean freight. They typically take between 1 to 2 weeks. But they are also far more expensive than ocean freight and can only take smaller shipments.