What is the volume and weight of my goods? What is my level of urgency? How expensive are my goods? What is the safest way to transport them? What is the most economical way that will allow my goods to arrive on time according to my needs?
Answering these questions should give us the answer to choose between sea, air, rail, truck or some combination of these.
Your freight forwarder can guide you to choose the ideal means of transportation for your needs.
Some points to consider when choosing the ideal means of transport for your goods
There is a weight and volume level where a parcel service is more expensive than a regular air freight service and vice versa, there is a weight and volume level where a regular air freight service can be more economical than parcel service.
Rail is a very safe and economical means of transportation.
At this moment inland freight in Mexico, the USA, and other parts of the world, is suffering due to the shortage of operators.
Ocean freight, although its prices have risen dramatically due to covid, continues to be an economical means of transportation. It must be taken into account that it is experiencing significant delays in the provision of its services at a global level.
If the product is small and expensive (such as technological equipment), the most advisable is undoubtedly the air service, since the cost of air freight will not represent a high percentage of the value of the merchandise.
If the product is bulky and economical, the cost of international freight will always represent an important percentage.
Regardless of the type of transportation, it will always be charged based on weight and volume and not on the value of the goods. That is to say, it costs the same to ship (freight) merchandise with a value of usd$100,000 than one of usd$500 if they have the same weight or volume.