What’s faster: air or ocean shipping?
Despite the fact that 90% of all goods are shipped on vessels via ocean, 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 freight the importation process will take about 2-3 days.
Is it expensive to ship via air?
Being the most expensive form of transport, air freight costs 5 times more than moving your product on trucks, and 16 times more expensive than ocean freight. Nonetheless, shipping your freight via air comes with the convenience of quick turnaround times and safer delivery.
For example: When you move the same sized cargo from Shenzhen, China to New York can cost about $1,200 when transported by ocean, and $4,000 by air. In this case, the price triples.
How is the cost of air shipping calculated?
Weight and volume play an indicative role when calculating the price of air cargo shipments. 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 oversized freight where any dim exceeds the dimensions of 125 x 88 x 63 inches, the airlines may charge a higher volume rate in accordance with how much space it takes up on the airplane.
Other conditions like cargo capacity, peak seasons, and plane availability are also taken into consideration when determining air freight prices.
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 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.