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Getting the best ocean container quotes still requires a lot of manual work. This involves going back and forth with your network of carriers and NVOCCs via phone calls and emails. And let’s not forget about the last-minute cancellations or delays in getting slots.
Well, we have a solution for these obstacles. If you’re looking for the best ocean container quotes and a way to streamline your entire shipping process, xChange is the right platform for you.
We’re an online marketplace for sourcing shipping containers and booking vessel space for them. You can buy and lease shipping containers on our trading and leasing platforms, respectively. And book vessel slots on our Ocean Freight Marketplace.
Become a member of xChange today and streamline your entire shipping process. Click the banner below to talk to our experts and book your vessel slots at the best price now.
How to find ocean freight quotes online?
The traditional way of finding ocean freight quotes involves reaching out to your network via phone calls or long emails. You also have to contact different agents at different carriers for shipping schedules. And let’s not forget the lack of transparency in the industry.
Well, you can avoid all these steps and seamlessly book shipper-owned containers (SOCs) and vessel space on our Ocean Freight Marketplace.
Read on to know more about the Ocean Freight Marketplace and how it works.
Ocean Freight Marketplace: Get ocean container quotes for SOCs
Our platform is your go-to solution if you want market transparency, want to compare prices and book SOCs and vessel space on a single platform.
Get instant sea freight quotes
Once you go to our Ocean Freight Marketplace, you can fill in the necessary details to get instant sea freight quotes. Fill in the port of landing, port of discharge, container type, cargo weight, container quantity etc. All this information ensures you get customized results. This way, don’t have to browse through irrelevant search queries.
Get up-to-date ocean container quotes
When you fill in all the information, you’ll get up-to-date ocean container quotes from different carriers and NVOCCs. All rates are 100% transparent so you can be sure that there are no hidden costs. Moreover, with these instant quotes, you’re saving your valuable time that would have been spent calling different agents.
Compare quotes to find best deals
Finally, browse through the quotes to find the best deals. Compare prices, check up-to-date schedules and book vessel space from trusted suppliers. All our partners go through a vetting process so you don’t have to worry about working with untrustworthy partners.
Negotiate freight quotes
Not satisfied with the freight rate the carrier is offering? Well, you can negotiate directly with the carriers through our platform. To do so, you’ll simply have to fill out the offer form and list your preferred price.
Sounds quick and seamless right? So why not give it a try? Simply click the banner below and get ocean container quotes now.
Find ocean freight quotes on top routes
If you’re shipping cargo, there’s a high chance it’s going to be one of the following routes. These sea routes are most common on our platform and businesses easily find vessel slots for them on our platform.
- China to Europe
- Europe to China
- China to US/Canada
- China to India/Middle East
- ISC to the Middle East
Found your shipping route? Then, simply click here to check out the ocean container quotes now.
Speaking of prices of vessel slots, let’s see why they’re always changing and what factors they depend on.
What do sea freight rates depend on?
It’s important for you to understand what sea freight rates depend on if you want to find the right prices. Here are a few factors to consider.
In general, ocean freight is around $2-$4/kg. The heavier the cargo, the more it will cost. Similarly, it also depends on FCL vs What is less than container load? Less than container load (less than container load, LCL) is a shipping term that refers to the delivery of cargo in smaller quantities than a full container load. A f... More. Here’s the difference between the two:
- Full container load (FCL): FCL refers to shipping your cargo in a full container. Here, you pay for the entire container. It’s best when you have enough cargo that’ll fill the entire container.
- What is less than container load? Less than container load (less than container load, LCL) is a shipping term that refers to the delivery of cargo in smaller quantities than a full container load. A f... More (What is less than container load? Less than container load (less than container load, LCL) is a shipping term that refers to the delivery of cargo in smaller quantities than a full container load. A f... More): What is less than container load? Less than container load (less than container load, LCL) is a shipping term that refers to the delivery of cargo in smaller quantities than a full container load. A f... More is suitable for you if you don’t need an entire container. Here you’ll share the container with other people’s shipments as well. The cost depends on how much space your cargo occupies.
If you want to know more about container loading, check out this blog.
Size of container
Check out this blog post if you want to know more about the container dimensions of different types of boxes.
Type of vessel required
Shipping dangerous goods like flammable liquids or gasses requires special ISO tank containers. They also need to be kept very carefully in the vessel while shipping. That’s why suppliers charge more for these containers than standard ones.
Demand and supply
Finally, the most important factor is the demand and supply of vessel space. If the demand is higher than the supply, the freight rate will increase. Similarly, if demand is lower than supply, the rate decreases. This change in demand and supply depends on the economic condition, port delays and consumer behavior.
The US shippers are seeing a 20% drop in ocean freight orders. This is due to a decline in consumer demand as a result of economic slowdown. Consequently, ocean carriers are canceling as much as 50% of sailings so they can match the vessel space with orders.
We understand how last minute cancellations can disrupt your entire shipping schedule. That’s why we’ve created a platform where you deal only with trusted suppliers. Our members get booking confirmation within 24 hours. Plus, they also easily get access to up-to-date schedules of different vessels to help plan their shipments accordingly.
Once you become our member, we’ll also handle all your payments. This way you’ll see all your transactions in one place and won’t have to worry about the different payments you make throughout the month.
Interested to know more about our Ocean Freight Marketplace? Simply click the banner below and get in touch with our experts.
Ocean Freight Quotes: Pros & cons of ocean shipping
Although shippers have to deal with a few cons while using ocean shipping, there are also many benefits to it. Here are some pros and cons of ocean shipping that you should know.
|Low cost of shipping
|Cargo & container prone to damages
|Sustainable than other modes of transport
Choose best ocean container quote for SOCs on Container xChange
As you know by now, comparing prices for SOC vessel slots, and accessing shipping schedules is quite tricky. This is because schedules and rates are not transparent. And let’s not forget how long negotiations can take.
That’s where we can help. On our platform, you can get a seamless booking experience by first booking your SOC containers through our leasing platform. Then, heading over to the Ocean Freight Marketplace to find vessel slots instantly. Browse through multiple slot prices on our platform, choose the best one and get booking confirmation within 24 hours.
And if you don’t get your desired prices, you can directly get in touch with the carrier and negotiate for better deals. We also don’t charge any commission on these deals.
Sounds perfect for your business right? Just click the banner below, talk to one of our experts and become a member of xChange now.
Ocean container quotes: Common FAQs
What do ocean container quotes depend on?
Ocean container quotes depend on a variety of factors. This includes the cargo weight, size of the container, type of vessel required and most importantly, the demand and supply of vessel slots.
What are the pros and cons of ocean shipping?
Some advantages of ocean shipping are sustainability, low cost of shipping and fewer restrictions. Some disadvantages of ocean shipping is that it takes more time to ship goods and the cargo is prone to damages.
How do demand and supply affect ocean container quotes?
If the demand is higher than the supply, ocean container quotes increase. However, if the demand is lower than the supply of vessel space, the prices decrease. The change in demand and supply depends on the condition of the economy, port delays and current happenings of the shipping industry.