Advantages and Disadvantages of Sea Transport

Sea transportation is used by businesses for the delivery of goods from distant suppliers. Most sea transportation is conducted in containers which vary in size. Goods can be grouped into a container (LCL) or fill a container (FCL). Sea tankers are used for bulk shipments of loose goods such as oil, grain and coal.

Advantages

  • Ideal for transporting heavy and bulky goods
  • Suitable for products with long lead times

Disadvantages

  • Longer lead/delivery times
  • Bad weather
  • Difficult to monitor exact location of goods in transit
  • Customs and Excise restrictions
  • Could be costly

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