From the talk of temperatures being too hot for some planes to fly in Phoenix to the recent news that UPS will for the first time charge extra for the fastest delivery options during the holidays, ground, air, and sea freight shipping fees are in the news. As more and more Americans continue to shop online, both in and out of the country, the costs of sea freight shipping, as well as every other kind of delivery method continues to be a popular topic for discussion.
Both high school girls looking for Homecoming and Prom dresses that would ship from China and large manufacturing companies that look overseas for the products that they need, international shipping rates are important. And while most consumers pay at least a small amount of attention to the costs of these deliveries, few realize how the transportation industry works. A complicated and complex transportation industry works to provide both individuals and commercial entities the products that they request.
Consider some of these statistics about everything from door to door transport to air and ocean logistics to international purchasing agents:
- Overnight or two day delivery may be 50% or more than the usual delivery fees charged in some cases.
- Air cargo services are necessary for controlling and managing the flow of energy, goods, information, and other resources like services, products, and people, from the source of production to the point of the final sale.
- Air freight services often have tighter control over their cargo shipping processes because these deliveries are typically very time sensitive.
- Contracting for direct cargo transportation services allows cargo to be transferred by a method that is more environmentally friendly because of the decrease in stops and time.
- $6.4 trillion worth of cargo was transported by the global aviation industry in the year 2012, often relying on complicated purchasing agent duties..
- The short transportation time air cargo provides can decrease the risk of damage to products, while at the same time ensure a higher quality product delivery.
- 60% of global air-freight shipments are handled by cargo only aircraft, according to 2012 reports from the plane maker Boeing.
- The air cargo industry was expected to generate an estimated $75.4 billion in revenue by the end of the year 2013, according to IBIS World research.