Air freight is a vital part of global global trade, transporting more than $6 trillion worth of goods annually, accounting for 35% of the value of world trade, according to the International Air Transport Association. What makes air freight so special? Is it suitable for all types of cargo? This is what we will learn in this article:
What is air freight?
Cargo is transported by aircraft from one place to another and from one country to another, and is carried out through aircraft specifically designed to transport goods so that they are windowless and with solid ground at the level of cargo machines used on the ground to transport cargo to and from the aircraft, as well as other design considerations such as high wings and large doors.
Air freight features
Although land and shipping are much older than air freight, air freight has characteristics that we do not find in other types of shipping, the most important of which are:
Speed: While land or sea freight from one country to another takes days, air freight takes only a few hours.
Security: Air freight is the safest type of cargo, because the cargo is subject to careful inspection to protect it from loss or damage, and flight schedules are very precise.
Less cargo insurance: The probability of an air cargo accident is very low compared to shipping or land, which means a relatively lower cargo insurance price.
Fewer security clearances: Air cargo permits can be secured faster than other cargo permits, meaning less storage in warehouses and faster shipping.
When do you have to use air freight services?
Although the cost of air freight is the most expensive of the types of freight, this price has its advantages, and air freight is the best option in the following cases:
When the distance between the import country and the arrival country is very long, here is the big difference between air freight and other types of freight, for example, the distance between America and China takes 20 to 30 pumas across the sea, while it takes just 3 days by air!
Or when the cargo is:
Perishable: such as fruit, seafood and flowers.
Precious or sensitive: such as jewelry, telephones and medical devices.
Lightweight: Such as important documents and couriers.
Air freight steps
From receiving and packaging to delivering to a certain point, the shipping process includes the following steps:
- Air freight begins with packaging goods and placing them in cardboard boxes or containers.
- The shipment is then weighed and provided with its data to the shipping company, which will temporarily store the goods in its warehouses.
- In the warehouse, the cargo is placed on the cargo boxes, conducts quality checks and prepares the air freight bill.
- The shipment is transported to the import airport where it is subject to careful scrutiny by the Customs Department to ensure that the shipment does not contain prohibited materials.
- After successfully passing the test, the shipment is loaded to the unit loading device that transports it directly to the aircraft.
- When the shipment arrives at the intended airport, the goods are unloaded and re-examined to allow them to enter the country.
- Last but not least, the shipment is delivered to its final destination via road freight (roads or railways).
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