Ocean freight

Cost-Effective Shipping, Worldwide

Experience the
Benefits of Sea Freight
with ITS Cargo

In today’s globalized business environment, efficient and reliable transportation of goods is essential for businesses to thrive.

Ocean freight is an economic, flexible, and secure way to transport large volumes of goods over long distances, and at ITS Cargo, we understand the importance of providing first-class sea freight services as standard.

When it comes to shipping cargo worldwide, each business is different and each has its own unique requirements. Through our extensive network of partners and carriers, we offer a comprehensive range of ocean freight solutions tailored to your specific needs, ensuring your cargo reaches its destination safely

Ocean Freight: The backbone of the logistics industry

Quick & competitive pricing

Quick & competitive pricing

At ITS Cargo, our priority is providing optimized solutions at the best price for our clients, without compromising on service quality. Our dedicated customer service team works closely with you to understand your specific requirements in order to deliver customized, end-to-end transit options that meet your priorities. We are committed to delivering excellence in every aspect of our service, from handling your cargo with care to ensuring efficient transit and timely delivery.

Reliable Network

Reliable Network

Our extensive network of partners and carriers enables us to provide fast and reliable ocean freight services around the world, via every major sea port. With ITS Cargo, you can have peace of mind knowing that your cargo is in good hands, and our team of experts is committed to ensuring your freight arrives at its destination safely and on time.

Economic & Flexible

Economic & Flexible

Shipping by ocean offers numerous advantages, particularly for businesses looking to transport large volumes of cargo over long distances. Not only is it economic, but it also provides flexibility in terms of capacity and delivery speeds. Contact our team today for ocean freight rates and options.

LCL (Less than Container Load)

LCL shipping is an efficient way to transport smaller shipments that do not require a full container. By consolidating your cargo with other shipments, you can save on costs while still enjoying the benefits of ocean freight.

Sometimes the LCL process can seem complicated due to all the moving parts and service providers involved. We take it on ourselves to streamline the process, minimize cargo handling and take care of the complexities so that you don’t have to. Our team will be happy to assist with simplified, comprehensive pricing and an efficient end-to-end solution.

FCL (Full Container Load)

FCL shipping is ideal for larger shipments that require an entire container. This option provides greater control over your cargo and faster delivery speeds, as your shipment is not combined with others. Chat with one of our ocean freight experts to understand which of the many container options supported will be most suitable for your shipment. The carriers we work with offer many different services and routes, and we’ll be happy to help you find the best option available to meet your requirements.

Special Goods, handled with expertise and care

We understand that these types of shipments require special attention, and ITS Cargo has the expertise to manage them efficiently and securely. Our dedicated team is well-versed in the regulations governing the transportation of dangerous goods such as lithium batteries, and will ensure that your cargo complies with all necessary safety requirements.

Reefer (temperature-controlled) containers

Temperature-controlled cargo, such as perishable goods and pharmaceuticals, require sensitive handling and transportation. Reefer containers maintain the designated, optimal temperature throughout transit, ensuring your cargo arrives in perfect condition.

Hazardous & restricted IMO material

Dangerous goods, including hazardous materials and lithium batteries, demand strict adherence to safety regulations. Our team is experienced and certified in handling these types of shipments. They’ll be happy to assist you ensuring full compliance and safe transportation.

Oversize & heavy cargo

ITS Cargo has the resources and capacity to handle oversized, Out-of-Gauge, and heavy cargo, such as machinery and industrial equipment. We provide specialized solutions to ensure your cargo is transported securely and efficiently.

Non-containerized & Ro-Ro goods

For non-containerized and Ro-Ro (Roll-on/Roll-off) goods, such as vehicles and bulk cargo, we offer tailored solutions to accommodate your specific requirements. Our team ensures seamless transportation from port to port or door to door.

Worldwide reach and local expertise

With our global network and industry experience, ITS Cargo can deliver your cargo to any destination worldwide. Our door-to-door service ensures a seamless and efficient transportation process, from pickup to delivery. We have detailed knowledge of the various import and export regulations in all major ports and can assist you and your team in understanding and tackling the compliance requirements which can sometimes seem overwhelming.

We’re fully committed to offering efficient, cost-effective, and customized solutions for businesses of all sizes.

Contact our team today to learn more about how we can support your ocean freight needs, and trust us to help your business thrive.

Contact Us Today

Reach out to our team today about ocean freight options. Let’s discuss and find out how we can help you with a range of solutions to meet your specific requirements. Trust us to handle your ocean cargo and deliver your cargo to its destination safely and securely, every time.

Sea Freight Services FAQs

Sea freight, also known as ocean freight, is the transportation of goods via ships across the sea. It is one of the most cost-effective and efficient modes of transportation for goods that are not time-sensitive.

There are two main types of sea freight services:
Full Container Load (FCL) and Less than Container Load (LCL).
FCL is used when the shipper has enough goods to fill an entire container, while LCL is used when the shipper has goods that do not fill an entire container. In FCL, the entire container is used by one shipper, while in LCL, the container is shared by multiple shippers under consolidation.

The maximum weight and size of a container depend on the type of container used. Standard container sizes are 20 feet or 40 feet, but there are several variations, such as a 40 feet High Cube (additional height), open-top and flat rack containers. Maximum weight limitations vary depending on the carrier, route and type of cargo being shipped.

It is also worth noting that different countries have individual regulations on weight limits for trucking. Our team will be happy to assist you finding the appropriate container for your goods.

A Bill of Lading is a legal document that serves as a contract between the shipper and the carrier. It contains details about the goods being shipped, the destination, and the terms of the shipment. The equivalent of an ‘airway bill’ used for air freight shipments.

A customs broker is a licensed professional who helps importers and exporters comply with customs regulations and process customs clearance. They assist with documentation, taxes, and duties, and ensure that goods are cleared through customs smoothly.

There are several types of surcharges in sea freight, including fuel surcharges, peak season surcharges, currency adjustment factor, low sulphur and port congestion surcharges. These are different to the base ‘ocean freight’ transit fees, though sometimes are included in an overall quote, depending on carrier and route.

Sea freight rates are calculated based on several elements, such as the distance traveled, the type of container used and any additional services required but can also be affected by other factors including the type of cargo. For an LCL shipment sea freight will generally be based on the volume (CBM) of the goods. To get an accurate estimate of the cost, our sea freight team will be happy to review your details and assist with a comprehensive quote.

CIF stands for Cost, Insurance, and Freight, which means that the seller is responsible for the cost of the goods, insurance, and freight until the goods reach the port of destination. FOB stands for Free on Board, which means that the seller is responsible for the cost of the goods and loading them onto the ship, but the buyer is responsible for the cost of insurance and freight.

A shipping line (or SSL: steam ship line) is a company that owns and operates cargo vessels, while a freight forwarder is a company that arranges the full  transportation of goods, i.e. from the shipper to the consignee – using ocean freight (or an alternative) as one component in the full journey. Freight forwarders, such as ITSCargo,  work with shipping lines to arrange for the shipment of goods.

There are generally 3 types: Original Bill of Lading, Seaway Bill and a Telex Release. An Original Bill of Lading is provided to the shipper and the physical copy can be sent to the importer upon the shipper’s authorization to release goods. A Seaway Bill is a trust-based document of title between the shipper and importer, eliminating the need for an Original Bill of Lading. A Telex Release Bill is issued to the shipper once the cargo is on board and allows the shipper to surrender the Original Bill of Lading to the shipping company’s origin office, instead of forwarding it to the importer. The origin office will then electronically authorize the release of goods to the importer.