How to choose right option in Ocean Freight or Sea freight

International shipping has only two options: Air freight or ocean freight. Air freight is moving goods through airplanes from A to B at basic level. Ocean freight is moving goods in ships either Full Container Load (FCL) or Less than Container Load (LCL).

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Transport Method Can Be a Commodity-Based Shipping Decision:

There some commodities which prefer air freight. For instance, laptops, mobiles, some electronics are usually shipped by air because of two reasons. The reasons are airport connections take few hours and another one is goods will be under security cameras. There is no chance of goods damage in air freight whereas ocean freight takes long process to reach the destination. There is a problem of theft and in some cases cargo becomes wet.

Pricing Difference, Time Line difference:

Maximum shipping decisions for choosing in between air or ocean freight depends on Time and Money. Companies want to use transport system according to money and time deadlines. Sometimes air freight can be as 6 times costlier than ocean freight. For instance, air shipment from Mumbai to Hong Kong takes around 4 days, while an ocean shipment takes 3 weeks.

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Two more significant differences between them are Customs clearance and door to door delivery. For ocean shipping, customs clearance can take one day to four days depends on port of arrival. If it is an LCL load it definitely causes delay because your other shipment shares your container space. Next all goods in the container have to be placed in CFS (container freight station) which takes few more days.  
Air shipment takes only few days for customs clearance, not more than two days as clearance starts on the same day. The extra amount you pay makes shipment faster in air freight. These are differences between air freight and ocean freight.

One more example is when you buy a product on Amazon, if you select standard shipping you get basic rate. If you choose next day shipping you have to pay extra amount. Everything depends on urgency of product. The most important thing one has to keep in mind is as festival season arrive your shipment cost increases.


Connect Cargo Pvt Ltd is a group company of Jayem Logistics which is specialized in Ocean/Air Freight Forwarding, Customs Brokerage, Project Forwarding, Warehousing, Transportation & Distribution, and DG/Perishables. We are a vital player in the freight forwarding industry in India. Over the last ten years, we have moved over thousands of air tons and containers without loss of shipment in transit or no damage in transit. We are a member of IATA since 2007, and our rank in India has been increasing. Indian Customs Rules & Regulations is very complex and vast. Alpha Chain  Pvt Ltd., is one of our group companies has own brokerage license and services and also offering unique solutions in their supply chain such as Bonded Warehousing, EOU/STP/SEZ documentation, VAS etc. It is government approved customs broker.

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How to Import or Export Goods

If you are new to importing make sure that don’t ship goods without consulting Freight forwarder first because you may end up with monetary penalties, inspections and delays for not filling Importer Security Filing before 48 hours cargo loading.

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8 questions to get accurate quote:

  1. What is the Mode of Transport?

If it is Ocean Freight you may require less than container (LCL), full container (FCL), oversized, and RORO service. If it is Air Freight, shipment quote depends on faster or slower air Freight.

       2. What is the commodity you are shipping?

One has to be specific on what are the goods you are exporting for example; food, kitchenware, machinery, perishables, Dangerous Goods etc., because there may be a license or special clearance is necessary to import your goods and it is FDA clearance.


  1. Which of the following mode of service do you required?

Be Particular on mode of Service like port to port, door to port, port to door or door to door and also when is the planned shipped date for effective workflow.

  1. How is the cargo packaged?

Be careful and aware of cargo packing weather it is in pallets, loose boxes, or other packaging, total no of pieces in total and also note down dimensions, weight and number of pieces of the cargo.

  1. What are the Incoterms between seller and buyer?

Please go through this link for an Explanation of Incoterms.

  1. What is the final destination address of the cargo?

Be specify on final delivery location, is it a business with a dock, a business without a dock or residence. If it is a residence, do you require inside delivery too with pallet jack or else do you have it etc., things

  1. Do you need us to handle any fulfillment/repackaging services?

If you want repacking services like relabeling, amazon fulfilment or any other fulfillment delivery mention it like labelling or repacking in to new boxes. Fill addresses of delivery along with packages, dimensions and weight of cargo. 

  1. What are the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) Code of the cargo and the Total Value?

If you include a commercial invoice, this will help to clarify the HTS code. This information is required to get quote based on duties and taxes.

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Connect Cargo Pvt Ltd is a group company of Jayem Logistics specialized in Ocean/Air Freight Forwarding, Customs Brokerage, Project (odc) Forwarding, Warehousing, Transportation &Distribution, and DG/Perishables. Indian Customs Rules & Regulations are very complex and vast. Our group professionals in them helped us in delivering best service to our freight movements. Alpha Chain  Pvt Ltd., is one of our group companies has own brokerage license and services and also offering unique solutions in their supply chain such as Bonded Warehousing, EOU/STP/SEZ documentation, VAS etc. helping to clients in taking policy decisions regarding supply chain movement.

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The basic documents that are required for handling a cargo and quote are Pro Forma Invoice, Packing list, Certificate of Origin. Request a quote or call (044 – 4606 5555) to get accurate quote along with listed documents.