Advantages of Ground Shipping Internationally
Why not being bound to air freight will save you money and time
So your company is going international, but how? Companies based in the United States, if not immediately, respond to an international market requesting their product, tend to start within the continent, and serving other North American countries, especially Mexico. They face the option of how they will transport their goods to the country, and what they want their distribution to look like. This situation becomes even more unique when shipping from the USA to Mexico, as some carriers, like EstafetaUSA, can accommodate international shipments across the border via freight truck. Thus opening up a slew of possibilities and decisions to be made, EstafetaUSA offers international air and ground freight, making our team specifically equipped to serve businesses of all sizes and needs.
Without exception, it’s every company’s obligation to understand the cost and potential returns of going international. When considering shipping on a solely cost basis, ground shipping will likely win out for smaller shipments. This option saves money on gas, customs clearance, and staff needed. Additionally, the equipment is a lower starting cost and consists of lower maintenance. All of these savings get passed directly on to you and make a noticeable difference in your bottom line. Air freight focuses on providing savings in volume over time. If your products are sent in large amounts but not common intervals your savings will likely be best manifested by the use of one plane rather than multiple trucks.
The volume and frequency of shipping will contribute greatly to an appropriate price quote, but also to the overall method used. Ground shipping is best utilized for companies that are in need of Less-than-Truckload shipments or have items that will fit into a freight truck. If the product is being shipping in large palletized loads that will need to arrive quickly, air freight may be the most effective answer. Another variable is frequency of shipping, a one time load will arrive faster via air freight, while regular shipments will be more regulated via ground shipping due to fewer and shorter weather delays, equipment delays, and other outside factors.
If your bottom line budget is clear and both options are viable, then likely you’ve moved on to considering what requires the least input from your company with the maximum returns. Getting your products to the point of shipping is the first adjustment needed if you’ve been warehousing in-house previously and now may need to transport them first to a mid-way point to be collected by your logistics company. While air freight will require the products to be taken to the location of the plane, this can be worked around with the correct shipping partner to require minimal time and cost. Ground shipping offers the convenience of door-to-door service for both your business and it’s customers. This requires no additional waypoints for your products but can take longer for the full transport to take place.