Many organizations are questioning the means of transport they should use to transport their shipments. They all want them to arrive as quickly as possible, even if it is by combining different means, something that in logistics is called intermodality. What should companies know before choosing one or the other?
1. MARITIME TRANSPORT: THE ADVANTAGES
If you want large ships to transport your product, you should know that you will be enjoying a safe and stable shipment. The resistance of ships is very high, as is their robustness. In addition, ships can handle large shipments in unstable and complex environments.
You will also enjoy competitive freight rates, as well as increased punctuality. In addition to the storage capacity, there is the possibility of transporting a wide range of materials and transportable products. The international scope, on the other hand, is impressive: practically the whole world can be reached with this means of transport.
Remember to take into account Short Sea Shipping, which is the maritime union of all the ports of the Old Continent. This can help you improve delivery times and reach more areas. Also the respect for the environment and cost savings.
2. THE ADVANTAGES OF AIR FREIGHT
Increasingly, in Spain, the transport of goods by air is being promoted. Large airports such as Madrid, Zaragoza or Barcelona move an enormous amount of goods. From clothing, to electronic equipment, vehicle parts and orders from large ecommerce companies.
The main advantage to be taken into account is the speed with which the shipment will reach its destination, since the airplane is the most competitive means of transport in this aspect. Likewise, the safety of the cargo is very high, since except for turbulences there are no major problems during the transfers. It should be noted that the goods are secured in large containers.
In the case of long-distance shipments, this is the ideal means of transport. In a world that increasingly depends on globalization, this is an aspect to consider. There are no physical barriers and, on the other hand, it is the means of choice for the transport of high-value goods such as gold or medicines. In fact, it is the most used in the event of a health emergency because of its speed and efficiency, as well as its ability to allow more people to survive in case of problems.
ALL MEANS OF LAND TRANSPORT
Several means of transport can be included in this section. The most used, and by far, is the truck, which is slower than the other means, but much more versatile, being able to transport practically all types of products. Moreover, it can transport goods from point to point, without making stops and saving several processes. The truck can be considered essential in the logistics chain, since it can carry goods from point to point, but always from the ports and airports to the logistics and industrial warehouse.
On the other hand, we also have to refer to trains, which are increasingly valued, especially in Europe, as a sustainable and less polluting means of transport. Several European countries, including Spain, are investing in rail freeways between ports and large logistics platforms. These highways consist of loading trucks onto wagons with the main objective of avoiding accidents on the road, improving efficiency and reducing polluting emissions.
In addition to the above, in the case of trains, there are more and more dry ports or platforms where goods can be transported by other means of transport, such as trucks or airplanes. In the case of trucks, there are roads to reach any point on the national or international map, also promoting the busiest axes and connecting areas with high economic and social value.
In short, these are the means of transport and their advantages when transporting goods.
EGLOBE, SPECIALISTS IN TRANSPORT BY SEA, AIR AND LAND.
At eGlobe we evaluate all aspects linked to the characteristics of each mode of transport. Not all means of transport are equally useful, as they depend on the goods and their shipping characteristics, as we have seen. Therefore, we opt for the means that best suit the needs of your company and product, both for shipping times and for the cost to be assumed.