Modes of Transport

Published: 09th June 2008
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With the beginning of the cosmic era and with the increasing commercialization, the demand for goods and products has been tremendously increasing from all parts of the World. This means that the importance of transport companies is on top.

Transport companies are offering a wide selection of services to the customers who are looking for shifting their products or goods to their desired destination. They often provide different modes of transport facilities such as air, sea, road, and rail. However, there are various advantages and disadvantages with the use of all these modes of transport.

Advantages of Air Transportation:

•Fastest for long distance deliveries

•Customer perception is high, easy for order fulfillment

•Very safe mode of transport

•Reduces lead time on suppliers

•Improved service levels

Disadvantages of Air Transportation:


•Potential for flight delays and/or cancellations

•Customs and Excise restrictions

•Expensive vs. other modes

•Unsuitable for some goods,

•Limited routes, and inflexible timetables

•Environmental pollution

•Airport taxes

Advantages of Sea Transportation:

•Ideal for transporting heavy and bulky goods

•Suitable for products with long lead times

•Cheap for large volumes

Disadvantages of Sea Transportation:

•Very slow, longer lead/delivery times

•Difficult to monitor exact location of goods in transit

•Customs and Excise restrictions

•Could be costly

•Inflexible routes and timetables

•Port duty/taxes

•Requires inland transportation for door-to-door delivery

Advantages of Rail Transportation:

•Fast delivery


•Cost effective

•Safe mode of transport


•More environmentally friendly than alternatives

•Does not add to congestion

Disadvantages of Rail Transportation:

•Potential of damages, from shunting

•Subject to unforeseen delays

•Reliance on rail freight operator's timetable

•Suppliers/customers are not always located near a rail freight depot and delivery to/from the depot can be costly and time consuming

•Limited routes, inflexible routes and timetables

Advantages of Road Transportation:

•Cost effective

•Fast delivery, Ideal for short distances

•Ideal for transporting perishables

•Easy to monitor location of goods

•Easy to communicate with driver

•Ideal for sending by courier shortages to customers


Disadvantages of Road Transportation

•Transport subject to traffic delays

•Transport subject to breakdown

•Goods susceptible to damage through careless driving

•Bad weather

•Driving regulations can cause delays

•Pollutes the environment

•Less safe than alternatives

•Can be expensive where there are congestion or road charges

It is advisable to decide before you investigate a transport company what type of services you are looking for. Some of the common types of services are door-to-door car transport, terminal-to-terminal transport, special car mover, and delivery to a specified location.

Many transport companies are offering worldwide goods transportation solutions to the individuals or business sectors. These companies specialize in reliable and efficient. They always commit in sending damage-free products at the final destination. Nefab is a leading transport company that offers different modes of transport facilities for the customers' convenience around the World.

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