Methods

Whilst Mercator’s focus is on the manufacturing of our goods and the processes it entails (from registration to documentation to production), we understand the key importance of each client’s specific shipping requirements. We are well versed in the numerous methods of export logistics used to supply our goods across the globe and do our best to work with our clients to make sure their clients get the proper care needed for their shipments, ranging from pre-shipment inspections to documentation requirements to special loading instructions.

METHODS

Air Shipping, or more commonly referred to as air freight, is the fastest mode form of logistics for commercial goods. It is also the costliest form of logistics due to the relative amount of goods an airplane can carry in comparison to a train or ocean freight container and the fuel costs. The costs of air freight are calculated including both the weight and dimensions of the goods to be shipped by air. Due to the speed at which the goods are shipped, it is slightly difficult to track the goods.

The Air Waybill (AWB) is the name of the receipt issued by an airline for the goods and an evidence of the contract of carriage. It is important to note that it is not a document of title to the goods and as such, is a non-negotiable document.

Marine Shipping, or more commonly referred to as sea freight or ocean freight, is the largest carrier of freight throughout recorded history and with good reason. Sea freight is the most affordable form of shipping due to the sheer amount of containerized freight a ship can carry (boats in the Malaccamax class have a carrying capacity of 18,270 TEUs or twenty-foot equivalent units) over great distances within a relatively short amount of time. As such, it is still the most important form of international commercial shipping.

The Bill of Lading (BL) is the name of the receipt issued by the shipping lines and an evidence of the contract of carriage. It is a document of title, and as such, it is also a negotiable document and an important financial instrument.

Rail Shipping, or more commonly referred to as rail freight or rail freight transport, and is capable of hauling bulk materials, intermodal containers, general freight or specialized freight in product specific containers. While it is not as flexible as truck shipments, shipping by rail can be more economic and energy efficient than shipping by road.

The Railway Bill of Lading (BL) is the name of the receipt issued by the carrier and an evidence of the contract of carriage. It is also a document of title, and thus a negotiable document and an important financial instrument.