Air Freight vs. Ocean Freight: Which Forwarding Service Suit Your Needs?

Choosing a shipping company in the Philippines is already hard, and choosing the right forwarding options even make the decision-making harder. When it comes to international shipping, businesses are often torn between two forwarding options: air freight and ocean freight. While both having advantages over the other, it can get really confusing which better suits your shipping needs.

With that in mind, we listed down some important factors to help you decide the right forwarding service for you.


How fast do you need your goods to reach its destination? Is time your utmost priority? Ask these important questions before you decide.

When it comes to speed, air freight service is undeniably faster than the other forwarding option. Air shipments usually take only a few days as compared to the weeks to months the ocean freight does, which is advantageous for businesses. The faster the better, and air shipment can just save you higher costs for urgent consignments.

However, it is also worth noting that ocean freight shipments are taking the steps to improve the service. More ocean routes and canals are being made to hasten the shipment, and there are even freights that already ship in farther countries in just more than a week.


Most people worry if their package will arrive on time, or will it even arrive in the first place. In this light, another important question to ask when choosing a forwarding service is: are you aiming for your package to arrive at a specific date?

Delays are not new in both airlines and sea carriers. However, there are notable differences between the two when it comes to handling such delays. Airlines are more careful about their flight schedules. In fact, they usually have daily flights back and forth between major cities worldwide, while sea carriers have weekly schedules. Hence, missing a flight shouldn’t be as much trouble compared to missing the cutoff at a seaport.


It is already given that ocean freights are less expensive in general. Meanwhile, businesses do have the budget to send goods via a shipping company in the Philippines. The question now is: are you willing to spend more or less for your shipments? But first, let’s take a look at how the prices for the two options are computed.

Air freight costs are computed based on the chargeable shipment weight, which is the combination of the size and weight of a shipment. Ocean freights, on the contrary, are charged per container rates for shipping. The standard container size ranges between 20 to 40 feet. However, if your goods are less than a container load, the price is then determined by cubic meter.

Going for sea freight should help you save some costs, however, you should also expect that doing so will not give you the same perks of choosing the air freight service. On the other hand, air freight might cost you five to six times more than the first option, but you are assured that your goods will arrive in a timelier and more reliable manner.

Furthermore, it is also important to note that it is often less expensive to ship larger and heavier goods by sea. However, the line between the prices gets thinner as shipment gets smaller. This may sometimes lead to air freight being cheaper.

Considering the factors above should help you decide the right forwarding service for you. Remember these the next time you are sending your goods with your chosen shipping company in the Philippines.


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