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Sea freight and air freight rates

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If you are looking for a freight forwarder to transport your goods, you will necessarily look at the relevant rates. The experienced Ritra Cargo team will arrange your sea freight and air freight transport quickly and efficiently and at a competitive rate. You can always count on a personal service and a comprehensive service package. Our sea freight and air freight rates are determined on the basis of certain set factors. Below you will find an explanation of the factors involved.

How are sea freight rates determined?

A sea freight rate always consists of a number of particular components. The price is determined in accordance with these components. The following factors play a role:

  • The country of origin and the destination country
  • The type of goods
  • The shipping date (ETD)
  • The volume of the consignment: FCL or LCL

As regards the volume of the consignment, under FCL the options include a 40’, 40’ HC or 20’ container, and there are other container options available too. There is also the option of groupage (LCL), which is charged per tonne or cubic metre. This is calculated on the basis of the number of cubic metres your goods take up in the container or the actual weight. You will be charged the higher of these two.

Any quotation you receive from us will show an all-in sea freight rate. The factors discussed above are all listed separately. That way you can see clearly what you are paying for and there will not be any unpleasant surprises later on.

Finally, there may be additional costs on top of the sea freight transport. These include transport costs, customs documentation, transport documents and Terminal Handling Charges. These are the so-called local costs and these are shown on a separate overview included with the quotation.

How are air freight rates determined?

The guidelines for setting air freight rates are not completely identical to sea freight. In case of air freight rates the following factors play a role:

  • Country of origin and destination country
  • Type of goods
  • Desired date of arrival (ETA)
  • Payload

Payload is based on the actual number of kilogrammes or the volume weight. The latter is calculated by multiplying the number of cubic metres by 166.67. The highest weight is the payload.

Any air freight quotation you receive from us will show a clear all-in air freight rate based on the above factors. Any local costs, including customs documentation, transport, transport documentation and terminal charges will be shown separately. That way you will know exactly what you are paying for and there will not be any unpleasant surprises.