Seafreight in a Nutshell
- Conventional shipments / break bulk
- Full and partial charter
- Ro/Ro shipping
- LCL/FCL container shipping
- Barge transports
- Overseas agent network
Seafreight is currently responsible for around 80% of global trade. Globalisation and the removal of barriers in the world market mean that overall, worldwide shipping is continuing to grow. Goods are increasingly imported and exported. In addition, imports and exports mean that more and more companies have production and commercial sites overseas.
In comparison to overland transport – provided this is possible to the desired destination – shipping is usually also more cost-effective. Consequently the cost factor for transport by ship is often very significant.
The seaports are the so-called transport hubs where the land transport carriers meet the ships. Here the freight changes from one transport carrier to another on special shipping equipment. To ensure the problem-free inflow and removal of goods, rail tracks, major roads and inland waterways lead to the ports. For this reason, extra large container terminals are also a feature of very busy ports.
In addition, every transport obviously must be sufficiently documented and approved. For example, export papers, transit documents, consignment notes and much more are required before the goods are loaded onto a ship prior to sailing. Aside from this, in many cases there is the option for transporting goods as part loads with liner services. However, the desired port is not always served by the relevant line – particularly in the case of unusual destinations. In such a case, proper experts who can provide well-engineered solutions are required.
Consequently, for a professional execution of the job, foresight, professional expertise, a well-functioning agent network and lots of experience are required. Because shipping in today’s world is very demanding. In this regard, Pfaff International provides comprehensive service and exceptional know-how. We will organise your complete shipment from A to Z and will provide you with expertly planned transport concepts. We are also experts in overseas shipments in containers, and likewise the shipment of oversize and overweight cargo. We will take care of all formalities and support you with certifications and legalisations if required.
Pfaff International: we carry out shipments on rivers, canals, lakes, seas and oceans. Of course we will also take care of the onward transport from the port to the destination, for example by classic overland transport.
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