Moving Goods by Sea
This guide explains how to use ocean shipping to transport your goods. It shows how the international shipping system works and gives you the information you need to choose the shipping option that's right for you.
This guide also outlines the different vessels used for international shipping. It highlights the main factors affecting ocean freight costs and provides an overview of the key documents you'll need to transport goods by sea.
The different types of ocean shipping
Many different types of ship are used to transport goods around the world. The differences between them reflect the varied needs of international traders.
In particular, different types of ship are used to carry different types of cargo, or to carry cargo in varied ways.
The different types of ship are summarised below:
Merchant ships primarily do business in two different ways:
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