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Sea freight is considered to be one of the oldest and most prevalent modes of transport in the world. It is a cost-effective alternative to ship goods internationally. EDS operates in a worldwide network of partners and collaborates with the world’s leading shipping companies – ensuring protected transport where goods arrive safely, smoothly and within the estimated time frame. We protect our independence as a forwarder in order to offer flexible solutions at competitive prices. Sea transport is an efficient solution for intercontinental trade.
- North and South America
Choose the right type of sea freight container ー FCL / LCL
Sea freight is a flexible shipping option for companies that import or export, large volumes of goods that must be transported a long distance and for companies that prioritize a short lead time. In case of sea transport, the goods are shipped in a sea freight container, then either as Less Container Load (LCL) or Full Container Load (FCL), depending on the volume of the goods. EDS provides sea transport with both options.
When you book a Full Container Load (FCL), you book an entire container for your goods, regardless of how large a portion of the container is filled. It is an advantageous option if you are shipping large quantities that fill an entire container. One of the main advantages of running goods in a full container is that the container is closed and sealed at the supplier and not opened until the consignee has received the delivery.
In cases where you do not have enough goods to fill a container, there is the option of pooling goods with others. This is called Less Container Load (LCL) and means that you book the number of cubic meters required for the actual weight or the bulk weight of your goods in a container. An LCL solution requires a little more handling. The goods must be collected in a container and then unloaded when it arrives at the destination. The lead time is usually a few days longer for an LCL shipment compared to an FCL shipment.
Sea freight prices
To find out which sea freight container is most suitable, we need to start from what the shipment looks like. The weight and dimensions of the goods are the factors that determine which solution will be most profitable, depending on how much space the goods need in a container. EDS provides different container sizes, which makes it easier for an FCL solution to be optimal and cost-effective.
Sea freight prices are based on the dimensions and weight of your shipment as well as the routing we book with the shipping company, direct call or transshipment. In order to find the most affordable option for your shipment, it is therefore important to compare the total cost with the cost per cubic meter (CBM) or the actual weight before choosing between Full Container Load and Less Container Load (LCL).
Contracted rates are long-term agreements between a shipper and a carrier where the parties have agreed on a fixed price for a certain period of time, usually one year. These prices are generally more stable than spot prices.
Spot prices are the prices that apply to a one-time shipment and are usually determined based on the current market situation. These prices may fluctuate widely depending on supply and demand for shipping capacity, fuel prices, seasonal variations, geopolitical factors and other external circumstances.
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We are happy to assist with both spot and contract prices.
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- We provide everything from global logistics projects to customs handling.
- We have extensive experience in international trade and incoterms.
Six reasons to choose EDS for sea freight
We have 99.5% delivery reliability
We answer by phone and email within 2 minutes
We offer personal support 24/7, 365 days a year
We are transparent about the route, costs and vital information relating to your train freight
We are certified according to ISO 14001 and ISO 9001
We act as a worldwide network of partners and cooperate with the world’s leading shipping companies.