10 Facts About Freights & Freight Forwarding

Freight Forwarding, being as popular as ever, is still a frequent technique in transporting goods, for both personal and business uses. Freight Forwarding deals with the shipping of goods from one destination to another through freight companies using carries such as air freights, ocean freights and road freights. Freight handling may not be one of the most well-known topics in today’s society, and so here is a compilation of facts about freight shipping in general, covering both the legal and interesting sides of the shipping method.


  1. Shipping Through Freights is Cost Efficient

Believe it or not, transportation of goods through freight shipping tends to be the cheapest solution of all methods. The shipping costs will tend to depend mainly on the size of the goods as opposed to the weight. Because of this, any goods you are planning to ship are best to be done via sea freight. However, be aware of the shipping company you are using as their policies may affect shipping cost.


  1. Some Products are Prohibited from Freight Forwarding

In terms of freight forwarding, freight companies are under obligation to adhere to their strict regulations. These regulations include the prohibiting of certain substances and goods, especially with travelling by air freight or sea freight. Prohibited goods can include dangerous goods such as flammable liquid, drugs whether prescription or recreational, all forms of alcohol, batteries, perishable goods and finally sharp objects. The only type of items that can be excluded from this list if on special express delivery is perishable items.


  1. Freight Forwarders are Never Responsible for Shipping Delays

As easy as it may be to place blame for any late arrivals of goods you desperately need, it is not actual freight companies who are responsible for any form of shipping delays. Shipping delays can occur for a number of different reasons, such as adverse weather conditions, freight breakdown, numerous port delays or unforeseen route changes. Your freight company of course wants to focus on customer satisfaction so even though shipping delays are out of their hands, you can be assured that they will be doing everything they can to get the transportation of your goods back on track.


  1. Freight Forwarding Deals with More Services Than You Think

Freight companies actually deal with a number of services for your goods, not merely the transportation of them. Other services that are handled by freight companies are customs clearance, international export documentation, insurance, packing of goods, storage of goods and finally inventory management.


  1. Roughly 90% of All Trading is Still Done Via Ships

Even nowadays with the advances in travelling by air, global trading, more precisely international freight travelling, is still very high in dependency on shipping via sea. This is most probably due to the fact that shipping via sea is still effectively a much more environmental method of transportation in comparison to trucks and/or planes. Interestingly, 90% is forecasted to be the same percent of vehicles in the U.S that could be electric by as early as 2040.


  1. A Sea Freight Can Travel What is Equivalent to Three-Quarters of The Way to The Moon and Back…In Just One Year

As impossible as it is to believe, this is how often freight shipping is still done by sea freight. To put this statistic into perspective, the moon is actually 238,900 miles away from our small blue planet. The reason for such a high amount of travel distance in sea freights is most probably due to the point made in fact number 5; sea freights, to this day, are still a much more environmentally healthy way of transporting goods compared to air freights and road freights.


  1. A Container Ship Engine Has Around 1000 Times More Power Than a Normal Family Car

This statistic just shows the sheer power necessary to transport your goods via sea freight. With the size of container ships nowadays, this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. However, a shocking fact states that the largest engine for a container ship stands at a ginormous 56 feet tall (taller than each of the letters of The Hollywood Sign).


  1. The Trucking Industry is Forecasted to Grow by 21% Over the Next Decade

Although trucking and road freights may not be the most popular mode of transportation for international freight travelling, it is still important in some areas of the world. The trucking goods remain to be the most important type of transportation for goods from Canada to Mexico.


  1. All Paperwork Must be Completed and Up to Date Before Giving Goods to Freight Forwarders

Whether you seek the help of your freight company or not, it is always important to make sure that all of the paperwork necessary for the transportation of your goods is completed before their transporting has begun. Doing this helps in ensuring your items are released from customs and that your bank releases your funds. The failure of either of these instances would of course appear negative for you if freight travel is being carried out through your company business.


  1. Freight Shipping is Still Important, Considering its Age

As already mentioned, freight shipping is still vitally important in the industry of transporting goods all around the world, thanks to the evolution of the industry. Shipping is seen as one of the oldest industries in history; interestingly the earliest recording of a ship under sail appears painted on a disc that was found in Kuwait that in fact dates all the way back to the late 5th millennium BC.

Contact Graylaw Freight Group

Looking for a reliable freight company that can ensure the safe distribution of your goods? Look no further than Graylaw Freight Group. With almost 30 years in the industry of freight forwarding, Graylaw can guarantee an environmentally friendly, trustworthy and safe handling of your goods as they are under our transportation. Feel that Graylaw stands out from other freight shipping companies? Contact us today! Call us on 01695 729101, or alternatively, email us at info@graylaw.co.uk.