Air Freight or Sea Freight: which is the best for me?

Pubblished on: 14 April 2021
Category: About shipping

Shipping by air and shipping by sea can both get your cargo where it needs to go, and when it comes to choosing between them, it is natural to be unsure. Which one is ultimately the best?

If you cannot answer this question on your own, you should leave the decision in the hands of an expert: with over forty years’ worth of experience, we can help you consider all the pros and cons, even if you are shipping for the very first time.

Here is a brief overview of the factors to take into account.

Loading capacity

Shipping by sea is advisable for bigger loads, shipping by air for smaller ones, as ships generally have more space available than the cargo hold of a plane; however, the choice is not that simple. It is not just about quantity, it is also about how much time it will take.


If you are willing to wait several days or weeks, choose to ship by sea; if you need your cargo moved in a matter of a few days or even hours, choose to ship by air. These incredible speeds, however, are going to affect the price, which is the next great variable to think about.


How much are you willing to spend? On the whole, the current health crisis notwithstanding, shipping by sea may be a cheaper option, but the trade-off is that it will take longer. The heightened cost of air freight is also due to another feature you may want to consider.


Security procedures in airports are tighter than in seaports and containers in a ship’s cargo hold are more likely to get damaged, so if you care about safety, air freight may be the right choice; however, the restrictions may also mean that some of your items cannot be shipped, in which case sea freight may be your only option. Moreover, you should answer one final question.

Even if the decision seems complicated, Global Shipping has your back every step of the way.

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