What Are My Domestic Cargo Delivery Options and Which One is the Best?
Contrary to popular belief, the Philippines doesn’t have just 7,107 islands. In 2016, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources announced the existence of newly discovered islands, bringing our total island count up to 7,641. However, only 2,000 islands remain inhabited.
With the various islands that make up this country, domestic logistics may seem like a nightmare. However, this gives you the opportunity to use three methods of domestic cargo delivery in the Philippines: by sea, air, or road.
As one of the most reliable domestic cargo forwarders in the Philippines, we can provide the best cost-effective solution for each of these methods. Here’s what you should know about each of them and which is best for you.
Cargo Delivery by Air
Airfreight is the most expensive, but when speed and timeliness are your top priority, they could be worth the costs. Air freight is also said to be more reliable in terms of on-time deliveries. A 2016 statistics report showed that late arrivals were 15 percent less compared to other modes of delivery.
In the Philippines, a flight from Northern Luzon to Mindanao only takes a couple of hours, so depending on a carrier’s flight schedules, you can expect your freight to arrive in less than 48 hours. It’s a good idea if you want to reduce lead times and risk of loss or theft. This is also the ideal method of transportation if you’re shipping perishable goods or valuable items at long distances.
Unfortunately, air freight does come with some drawbacks. Air travel can be delayed by inclement weather. Bad weather can affect all types of cargo delivery, but in extremely bad weather, flights can be delayed. And relative to land and sea freight, air freight is much more expensive. Air carriers charge by weight, so the heavier your freight is, the more expensive the total cost will be. We try to find the best cost-effective solution around this but expect that air freight will cost relatively more if you’ve ever experienced cargo delivery through other means.
With the Philippine Islands surrounded by various bodies of water, maritime shipping is another option to get your cargo to different parts of the country. Freight ships are built to carry heavy cargo, so if you’re shipping freight that’s so heavy that it will either be too expensive to ship via air or is too heavy to find an appropriate air carrier, maritime shipping is a good cost-effective option. Because there are various ports in the Philippines, getting your freight moved from one island to another won’t be an issue.
However, while cargo delivery by sea is more affordable, it’s much slower than air freight. Just like air freight, travel from Luzon to Mindanao may take less than a day. However, given the slower travel, longer lead time, the loading and unloading time in ports, and the occurrence of bottlenecks at several ports, it’s safe to give these deliveries up to a week to make it to its destination.
Land cargo means your freight will be transported via truck or any large vehicle that can get from one point to another. If you’re in Metro Manila and your cargo’s destination is within the main Luzon island, sometimes it’s impractical to use air and sea cargo delivery methods when your destination is only a few hours away on land.
It’s a good idea if you’re transporting cargo within the same island. If you want to transport from one island to another, it’s also possible to use RORO ships to transport trucks between islands. However, this is only more practical if the island destination is nearby.
In terms of speed outside of same-island destinations, however, land deliveries are the slowest. If you want to transport something from Northern Luzon to Mindanao via land delivery, the delivery truck may need to drive all the way to the southern-most port with a RORO ship. If they’re lucky, they’ll find a ship taking them to the specific province. But if not, they may need to take multiple ROROs until they reach a point where they can drive to their destination. Because of this, using trucks to deliver to farther domestic destinations can take much longer and have unnecessary added costs, making maritime or air shipping more practical.
While you as a business owner have a final say on what method of transportation you want to use to handle your freight, allow Cheska Freight to guide you towards the most practical and cost-efficient solution. We have over two decades of experience and can help you see the advantages and disadvantages of each mode of transportation for your freight.
Contact us today to learn more.