A recent survey has shown that almost fifty percent of people exporting from Great Britain think that airfreight is the safest option when deciding to ship their goods around the globe but having said that they do still use sea as a means of global distribution for their products.
The results have come from a poll of just over 1100 managers based within companies spread across the United Kingdom and the reports showed that 41 percent of the people questioned have used sea freight while air freight came a close second with 35 percent of the vote and finally distribution by road showed up in 24 percent of the managers replies.
When the same UK based managers were asked what mode of distribution was seen to be the safest the results were slightly different in that air freight came out on top with 51% of the vote beating the sea freight services into second place and 35 percent of the vote.
The two main areas why they see air freight as safer is because of the shorter transit times (43 percent) when compared to both road and sea freight options but also the air freight option is seen as safer because of the multiple security checks (24 percent) that are in place when shipping goods by air freight.
Of the people questioned 22% stated that air freight was also a more attractive proposition because it was less likely to be held up in transit and even if it did the impact on transit time would be minimal in comparison to other modes of transport that have set departures either once or twice a week.
When looking for a reliable shipping company to move their goods around the globe by air fright or other modes 36 percent have claimed that online research was the preferred method and another 27% stated that they asked other companies or friends for advice on who they use.
The question of price was also raised because air freight will no doubt be more expensive when compared to road and sea but rather surprisingly only 20% of the replies showed that they did any sort of price comparison with other carriers to ensure that they are getting the best price available at the time but this would also go to show that service levels currently being provided still play a huge part in the decision process.