Whether you need to ship something via air or ground, knowledge of what freight services are available to you will help you make more informed decisions that will save you money in the long run. Most services will accommodate you no matter how large or misshapen the item is, most places have the infrastructure to successfully get your shipment moving–and once moving, ensure that it reaches its destination safely.
Many places will offer packing and shipping options, as well as a multiplicity of different freight options that should save you time and money, and alleviate some anxiety. SO without further ado, here is a list of some of the services that most freight shipping companies offer.
1. Ground Transport
Ground shipping is less expensive than air transport and is typically accomplished either by a train or a truck. No matter whether the cargo in question is shipped by air or sea, a ground vehicle is necessary somewhere along the way–even if only between the point of origin and the point of departure (such as an air or sea port). Ground freight shipments that move directly from the point of origin to the intended destination are typically referred to as door to door shipments.
2. Air Transport
Many freight shipping companies offer air transport as an option. This entails that the cargo is transported by specialized aircraft. Air transport is the fastest, but also the most expensive, method of transporting freight. Many modern shipping companies offer extensive regional freight coverage and have erected infrastructures that make it easier to keep track of your air shipments. Some of these include time-stamped delivery methods and expedited transit times for certain items. Additionally, many companies have teams dedicated to handling air freight-related inquiries.
3. Ship Transport
Just like it sounds, ship transport is when the cargo in question is transported to its destination via ship. While ship transport has decreased over time (primarily due to the prevalence and sheer convenience of air transport) it is still effectively implemented by many companies and comes with a cheaper price tag than air transport. Practically anything can be transported via ship, and the method is highly cost effective for non-perishable goods. Concerning perishable goods, like produce, ship transport is usually not optimal.
4. Intermodal Transport
Intermodal transport options involve some combination of the above transport methods. Specifically, it derives its name from the shipping containers (typically referred to as intermodal containers, but also known as ISO containers) used to transfer the cargo between air, water, and land vehicles. Intermodal cargo can be transported across the sea, railways, roads, through the air, and in the case of some cases, even via pipelines.