Using air freight for shipping goods is mainly used for high-value and urgent items such as ‘just-in-time’ components or high-demanded new products. However, there are some restrictions and other important air freight information when using this premium end in the cargo business. Check out the necessary information, especially for those who want to ship urgent air freight, in the following below.
Option for Air Freight Shipment
Consolidated freight or also called as ‘Consols’ is a type of freight that mostly opts by shippers for its affordability because your shipment will be combined with others, so it’s more cost-effective loads. The rates are also better from the airline because of its economy of scale. The drawbacks include long-time took for loads the shipment and infrequently services (once or twice a week) because it may take 5-7 days to transit before arrive on the main destinations. The shipment will be issued by freight forwarder through House Airway Bill (HAWB) that the goods will be shipped using other cargo so it can get better rates.
The other option is using one Master Airway Bill (MAWB) so the goods can be shipped by direct flight to the main destinations. It’s also possible to arrange aircraft charter, but charge extra cost that paid in advance includes high cancellation charge and round trip costs. Additionally, if you need to do an ultra-urgent or time-sensitive shipment, you can opt for Priority Air Freight that means need the next-available flight out service, yet restricted for baggage-based check in package.
Restricted Items for Air Freight
There are several item restrictions shipped by air cargo that might endanger safety, health, or give property damage, include:
- Explosive items such as bombs, fireworks, etc.
- Items emit gasses such as aerosol, dry ice, etc.
- Flammable items in form of liquid such as gasoline and in form of solid include pyrophoric substances and those emit gasses contacted with water such as titanium powder, etc.
- Corrosive items such as batteries, etc., and radioactive or oxidizer items such as sulphuric acid, etc.
- Toxic (infectious) items such as pesticides, etc.
- Biochemical (infectious) products such as dangerous pathogens, medical waste, etc.
- Danger-signed packages
- Magnetic substances or products
- Items endanger to public health such as corpses, bones, etc.
- Additional restricted items according to specific national laws or airlines regulations.
How Much It Charges?
The charge of air freight rates is based on the weight (not volume), except oversized items that charged based on size. The advantage of air freight is that charged based on weight, while normal couriers usually take additional extra charge for the type of each individual item. Only items fill standardized Unit Load Devices (ULDs) get the best rates that have maximum internal dimensions approximately are 307 x 213 x 193 cm (LxWxH).
You should already know that air freight is the fastest method yet the most expensive shipment due to fuel costs. So, the faster your shipment means more expensive it will be. However, the urgency of your shipment considering the arriving time of the goods to the main destinations can be your reason for deciding using air freight.