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Air Freight Versus Sea Freight: Which Should You Choose?

A business’s services as an international trader, importer, or exporter depend on the medium of transportation it chooses for smooth, quick, efficient, and profitable operations. However, businesses new to the idea of interstate or intercity transport often struggle to choose between air and sea freight for their companies.

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Explaining Volumetric Weight Billing in Air Cargo

Our Air freight customers usually go mad when they are charged by volume as against the dead weight of an item. Unfortunately most freight forwarders cannot help with this and why is this? This is because the airline will charge the dead weight or volume weight , whichever is higher.

Take for instance , you have a little van that makes a journey of 20 miles and fits 40 boxes weighing 300kg in total, then you have a van that makes the same journey with 20 boxes that filled the van and weighing 150kg. Assume your billing is in kg and billed at £1/kg x 300kg, you will be looking at £300 for the trip and the other van will be looking at £150 for the same trip. If the cost of running the service will cost about £200 to execute and the profit is £100 at 300kg, then obviously the other van with £150 bill wont be able to make the trip or would be at serious loss. This system also applies to airline billing .

The airline will calculate the length as L X W x H / 6000 = Volumetric weight.  Let us  examine the following ;

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The need for proper handling of goods by customers

Well here we are again, it has been a while since we penned something on MDS Cargo but we promise to be consistent these days. Over the years we have seen how handling have become a serious hassle with the increment of customers and which also comes with increment in the amount of goods to be handled. Most cargo businesses operate a storage and handling department which will oversee the correct and appropraite handling of customers goods. The problem here is the extra burden given to handlers by customers by being careless with their own goods, by having no clue on how to put their goods together for shipment. These problems cuts accross all types of customers male, female, old and young. With this in mind we have come up with the following advice for customers.

1. Treat your goods as if you are the shipping agent yourself - Ask yourself one question? How would you like your receiver to receive the goods? Your answer should be 'Well packed and intact'.

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Problem with Extra Luggage to Nigeria from UK

The fear of extra luggage at the airport when travelling from UK to Nigeria or from Nigeria to UK is always there for most of our customers and non customers . What you want to avoid is to get to the airport and find that you have gone far over the allowed luggage limit by your airline

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