You go to your favorite electronic shop to take another looks at all those fancy gadgets you will buy yourself one day. Or you pop in to a car salon to see what car you will be driving in ten years. Or maybe you enter a toy shop to look for something for your kids. Whatever you are looking at in one of your local shops, there is a high chance that this product has been made in China. But it’s a very long way from your hometown to China, how did all these products manage to find their way straight to these shops? Well, let me tell you how, thanks to cargo services.
There are basically two ways in which the exporter can deliver his goods to remote destinations. One of the two options is the air cargo. This option is for those who need to have their products reach their destination as soon as possible. A plane is capable of delivering cargo to any place in the world withing the time period of 24 hours. However, such speed costs a lot of cash. This is definitely the most expensive method of delivering goods. It is because of two things: the cost of maintenance of a plane, as well as the fact that a plane can carry only so many goods. That is why there is rather a slim chance that your laptop came to the US by air, simply because there is no need to deliver it to the States in a short time.
What is more probable is that your laptop was delivered by water. You have probably seen the pictures of great cargo ships but how does the transportation process looks like exactly? It all begins in a seaport. But we’re not talking about a seaport that you often see during your tourist trips. We’re talking here about enormous ports full of trade ships, stacked with cargo containers. When the cargo freighter is docked, the workers load the containers on it with the help of cranes. Alternatively, when transporting wheeled vehicles, RORO (roll on, roll off) technique is used, which saves enormous amounts of time and, obviously, reduces the costs of the transport. Only when the ship arrives at the destination port, the cargo is unloaded and put into trucks that take it to a warehouse a given company has in a country. Only from this warehouse, the goods are delivered to your shop.
As you can see, the goods from China are not simple materialized in the US. Instead, we need cargo freight businesses to keep them coming here, as well as to export our own goods someplace else.