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Sea-Air Services: The Ideal Solution to Suez Canal-Driven Disruption?

The COVID-19 pandemic, port congestion and equipment shortages have meant supply chains across the globe have faced unprecedented challenges over the last year. Now, following the recent Suez Canal blockage, the world’s largest ports are preparing themselves for further congestion, with as much as 1.9m TEU of cargo expected to be affected.

At such a difficult time, it is more crucial than ever before for businesses to work with a partner who can provide a varied portfolio of alternative solutions. Global Product and Development Director Lee Alderman-Davis, who heads up Ligentia’s Product Development team, is leading the way in ensuring Ligentia has one such portfolio.

With many businesses struggling at this time, Lee offers a deeper insight into sea-air services and their benefits…

The Importance of Sea-Air

For some time now, we have been seeing relentlessly high air freight rates and a severe lack of capacity.

There has been very little in the way of recovery in the passenger market and airlines are charging higher rates to make operations financially viable. Capacity is constrained too, with the UK importing millions of Covid test kits, an increase in hi-tech imports, ecommerce and retailers looking to replenish their stocks. Additionally, the effects of the Suez Canal blockage mean that any spare capacity is unlikely to be around for long.

Sea freight would be the first alternative in this situation, but between port congestion, lack of equipment and the incident with the Ever Given, the market remains heavily disrupted. The ripple effects of the blockage are expected to be felt until at least July, and Maersk have reported that it will lead to loss of capacity between 20-30% in the coming weeks.

The result? More businesses are considering combining the two modes to get the best of both worlds – low-cost ocean transport, and high-speed air.

Sea-Air Advantages

Ligentia’s sea-air product has a number of great benefits.

By combining the sea and air modes, you can save 30-40% of ocean transit time – so it’s a much speedier solution – and with virtually guaranteed transit times, it’s very reliable. Providing total control at origin, we also ensure our customers receive priority loading. They are the last container to be loaded and the first to be off loaded. With a fast turnaround in Dubai and a flight directly to Heathrow or Europe, sea-air services are extremely agile and incredibly simple.

Avoiding Suez Canal-Driven Disruption

Sea-air services are a great solution for navigating the disruption caused by the Ever Given. We offer priority loading onto vessels, a short transit time to Dubai, fast turnaround and then straight onto a flight to destination.

Below are just some examples of the origins we now offer the sea-air product on, including Chittagong, Shenzhen, Mumbai, Penang, Singapore and Ho Chi Minh:

Customer Support

Right now, our teams are working closely with our customers to find the solutions that best suit their needs. As a service provider, it’s our responsibility to find alternatives for customers – and with disruption expected for at least another few months, it’s going to be an ongoing process.

Our dedicated team of sea-air experts are in place and ready to support businesses who will be able to benefit from multimodal shipping.

If you would like to find out more about our sea-air services and discuss your requirements, please get in touch. We’re here to help!

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