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Sea freight and air freight rates

No one shipment is the same as another. Your air freight or sea freight shipment is also unique. Do you have something unusual you want to transport? Do you need special containers or are there special requests? At Ritra Cargo just about everything is possible. In fact, we enjoy the challenge of getting your shipment from A to B as fast as possible for competitive rates. We will send you a specific quotation in advance. This prevents surprises later on. If you would like to receive a quotation, fill in the form below with your details or contact us today.

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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.

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