What’s faster, air or ocean shipping?
Despite the fact that 90% of all goods are shipped via ocean container ships, air shipping is much faster. For instance, if you ship goods from China to the U.S. via ocean, it’ll take the ship about 20-30 days to reach the destination, while with air shipping, it’s 10 times faster. The cargo will reach the destination in 2-3 days after the pickup of goods.
Is air freight shipment expensive?
Air is the most expensive mode of transport, which is 5 times more expensive than moving your product on trucks, and 16 times more expensive than moving it on a container ship. Moving your cargo via air from Shenzhen, China to New York can cost about $1,200 when transported by ocean, and $4,000 by air. The price triples in this case.
How is the cost of air shipping calculated?
Weight and volume play an indicative role when calculating the price of an air cargo shipment. Air carriers charge by either volumetric weight, which is the dimensional or actual weight of your cargo. This is the chargeable or gross weight of the goods.
In the case of oversize freight where any dim exceeds the dimensions of 125 x 88 x 63 inches, the airlines may charge a higher volume rate, depending on how much space it takes up on the airplane.
How can I calculate the volumetric weight of my goods?
To calculate the volumetric weight of your goods, you must first multiply the item’s volume in cubic meters by 167. In the case that the volumetric weight is larger than the actual weight of the goods, then it is considered chargeable weight.
Simplified: To calculate the volumetric weight of goods, you should follow this formula:
Length x Width x Height / 366 = volume weight or to convert cubic feet = cubic feet * 1728 / 366 equals volume weight.