VITAL WORLDWIDE AND OCEAN FREIGHT
Finding the best ocean carrier is one of the most critical components of importing and exporting goods. Our extensive network of international freight carriers will ensure we find the best product for all your shipments. Not all ocean freight forwarders are equal, so here are some reasons for choosing Vital Worldwide as your ocean freight logistics partner!
The Vital Team has handled all variations of ocean shipments. We handle imports as well as exports. We ship all commodities including dangerous goods. The VWL Ocean Freight Team also ships globally and is not limited to any destination. Our versatility will ensure you find the right solution for your sea freight!
Vital Worldwide Logistics believes in a hands-on approach to shipping. Our service consists of excellent communication and keeping the customer informed and updated at all times. We also believe in educating the client. We will advise all service options in relation to your requirements. Ocean shipments have many layers of complexity from routing to customs to cargo preparation. We are always a phone call away if any questions arise.
COMPETITIVE OCEAN FREIGHT RATES:
We have access to all the major sea carriers which ensures you will get the most competitive pricing for your ocean cargo shipments. However, we won’t just focus on price, but also routing and service time. Depending on your requirements, the cheapest carrier is not always the best option. We always consider the below when choosing the best ocean freight carrier:
1. Transit time:
Speed does not come without its price. Some ocean carriers can have much shorter or longer transit times given the same port pairs. They may also have better sailing schedules with more frequent sailings out of the same port. Some carriers call several ports before departing to the final destination which can cause longer transit times. Faster services can cost more than those with more transshipments. All these factors are carefully considered when we choose the right ocean carrier for your needs.
Cheap ocean freight can sometimes be too narrow of a scope to base logistic decisions. Sometimes an ocean carrier may be cheaper, but the routing may not be as efficient. A vessel routing that has calls to many ports prior to final destination can add additional transit time. Further to this, transshipments may require your cargo to offload one ship and on to another which is more handling of your cargo plus time. Sometimes even more expense. Paying a little more for a direct sailing can prove to be a valuable decision. We also look for carriers that are strong to your country of destination. Often times they will have good transit times as well as price simply because they focus on a particular country/port.
OUR OCEAN CARRIER NETWORK
Vital Worldwide has developed a wide network of ocean carriers. This ensures that we find the best product for your shipping requirements. When we work on your ocean freight quote we reach out to more than just one carrier to ensure we get several options for consideration.
Services Before and After Sailing:
Vital Worldwide is a full service freight forwarder. We can arrange for pick up with approved carriers of your cargo for safe transit. Our extended Drayage Network has the best qualified container truckers to bring your cargo safely to and from the rail or port. We can also arrange final delivery at destination. We aim to be a full service shipping solution for our clients!
Final Notes: Not all ocean freight forwarders are equal!
We will consider all aspects of your requirements and compare multiple options for your shipments. Ask a logistics expert at Vital Worldwide Logistics for all your ocean freight-related concerns and needs today!
CARRIERS WE WORK WITH:
Why ship by ocean?
Ocean freight typically is cheaper than its air freight counterpart. Ocean cargo typically has less restrictions on cargo weight and dimensions than air. Containers can hold up to 20 tons of cargo. The door opening allows for larger pisces to fit within. If you have larger cargo (out of gauge/OOG) special equipment such as flat racks and open tops can be used.
How is ocean freight charged?
Ocean freight is charged per container or per CBM (cubic meter). For full container loads you will get quoted by each container and for Less than container loads (LCL) you typically get charged for weight or measure (W/M) and the standard unit is a cubic meter (CBM). Think of a CBM as a 48”x48”x48” pallet. Other charges such as pickup and delivery and destination handling charges are quoted separately from ocean freight.
How long do ocean shipments take to arrive?
Ocean shipments will vary in transit time depending on the routing of the vessel. If a vessel makes several stops this will add to transit time. If it transships (stops at a port and transfers cargo to another vessel) this will also add time.
Are there any restrictions in shipping by ocean?
Ocean shipments typically have less restrictions than air cargo. That being said there are general rules and restrictions to be adhered to when shipping by sea. Most restricted cargo wil have to follow specific loading guidelines and submission of certain required documents prior to loading. However, once requirements are met the cargo is free to sail.
Do I have to pack Ocean Cargo differently?
Proper packing and preparation of your ocean shipment can affect the ETA of your cargo. Though less restrictions apply to containerized cargo, certain commodities may have special requirements. That being said cargo should always be packed in a way where it is protected from movement when within a container. Be sure to check with your freight forwarder for any specific loading requirements.