Determining the right method of transportation for your goods can be confusing. That’s why it’s essential to understand the different ways you can ship your items. At C&M Transport, we have the knowledge to educate our clients on the best shipping methods. Here, we touch on what freight is, the difference between air freights and truck freights, and how your cargo is truly being handled.
What Is Freight, and How Is It Priced?
Before diving into air freights and truck freights, it’s important to have a general understanding of freight. Freight is a term used to describe the transportation of goods through a variety of methods. This can include vans, planes, trucks, and ships.
Freight can also be used to describe the cost at which it takes to ship something. For example, if you receive a freight charge, you’re paying for the labor associated with shipping items and goods. The type of freight service utilized to ship goods will determine the overall cost. For example, cargo delivered exclusively by vehicle may be priced more affordable than cargo that must board a plane along the way.
A disreputable practice that some businesses engage in is charging added fees for air transportation while still driving goods the entire way to the destination. That’s what makes it so important to work with a logistics company you trust. At C&M Transport, we pride ourselves on our transparency and honesty to give you the best shipment options.
About Air Freights
Air freights, otherwise known as air cargo, are a method of transporting goods that involves using an air carrier, such as planes. This is a popular option for those looking to move goods overseas or long distances. Air charter services can be categorized into two different types:
General cargo is everyday goods that don’t need extra care to ensure safety while traveling. This can include things like hardware, textiles, and dry goods. There generally aren’t many extensive regulations associated with general cargo.
Special cargo involves the transport of specialized equipment that requires extra care when handling. This can mean freight such as food, wet items, live animals, and dangerous items like battery-powered technologies.
Air freight can be a preferred method of transportation because it can ship items quickly with minimal delays. It’s also a safe and secure way to transport goods, and it has fewer costs in terms of insurance premiums. The cost for air freights can vary depending on the type and size of your cargo, as well as the destination.
Truck freights involve the process of transporting goods via truck. There are many different types of truck freights that each work to transport various goods, such as:
- Less-Than-Load (LTL): This type of truck combines freight from other businesses to ship smaller loads
- Box trucks: These are smaller trucks used to deliver goods to local areas for expedited services
- Hot shot trucking: This is a smaller van-style truck that ships smaller loads
- Car carrier trailers: These are designed to hold and transport vehicles
- Dry van transport: This is a traditional tractor-trailer-style truck that drives dry or non-perishable goods to a location
- Livestock trailers: These are used to haul livestock and other live animals
- Reefer trucks: This style of truck features air conditioning to keep perishable goods cool
- Tankers: These are designed to drive liquids to a designated location
- Flatbed trucks: These are open-air-style trucks that transport larger goods
- Lowboy trailers: These are trucks with a lower truck bed design to haul heavy goods
Ship Your Goods at C&M Transport
Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio with 17 locations across the country, C&M Transport can assist business owners and other clients with their shipping needs. We have over 30 years in the shipping industry, making us a trusted and reliable resource for clients. To learn more about air freight and the shipping methods we offer, contact us today at C&M Transport or apply now.