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Air Freight Service by M&P

Air freight is the transportation of goods via an aircraft to and from anywhere in the world. This method of shipping is typically recommended for small, lightweight, time-sensitive or high-value goods.

 

There are various types of air freight including airport-to-airport, door-to-door, consolidated or non-consolidated and dangerous goods shipping.

 

Before making a decision, learn more about the benefits of air freight, the processes involved and the types of items commonly shipped.

BENEFITS OF AIR FREIGHT

Sea freight takes this one. Despite its quick and speedy nature, air freights leave behind a larger carbon footprint due to the excessive carbon dioxide output from aircrafts. Despite companies’ concerns about profits, it is also important to spare a thought for the world we leave in when time permits.

QUICKER SHIPPING

Air freight is usually a faster method for transporting shipments as compared to sea freight. This is especially so when moving goods over short distances.

SECURE HANDLING

Air freight is one of the safest methods of transporting goods as the shipments often undergo minimal handling. As such, the chances of damage is greatly reduced.

 

Moreover, the cargo is usually cleared by customs quickly to minimise the risk of theft.

WIDE RANGE OF DESTINATIONS

Many airlines are able to fly to a wide range of destinations. As such, you are likely to be able to ship your goods anywhere in the world (e.g. shipments to Singapore from UKUS and Australia).

EASY TRACKING

Tracking air freight shipments is relatively simple and fuss-free. This can be done with the help of the flight details.

 

If you are engaging a freight forwarder, the company can assist you with the monitoring of your cargo’s status.

Freight forwarders like M&P International Freights have a wide network of shipping partners and are experienced in transporting goods to and from anywhere in the world.

 

These are the steps for door-to-door air freight via a freight forwarding company:

CONTACT A FREIGHT FORWARDER

Start by getting in touch with a freight forwarding company and sharing your cargo and shipping details such as:

 

  • The preferred shipping method
  • Address of origin and destination
  • Date of departure and arrival
  • List of items to be shipped with images (where possible) and dimensions
  • Other additional requirements

PREPARE THE NECESSARY DOCUMENTS

The necessary shipping documents will be prepared by the freight forwarding company and sent to you for completion. The common documents required include:

 

  • Customs permit
  • ​​Certificate of Origin
  • Packing list
  • Commercial invoice
  • Airway Bill
  • Payment terms such as Letter of Credit

TRANSPORT GOODS TO THE WAREHOUSE

Once your items have been packed, the freight forwarder will arrange for the cargo to be transported from your facility to the designated warehouse.

CLEAR GOODS WITH EXPORT CUSTOMS

The freight forwarding company will submit the details of the goods together with any relevant documents. After which, the cargo will be inspected by the customs officers for any discrepancies based on the information provided.

 

If the goods pass the inspection, they will be cleared for shipping.

LOAD CARGO AND SHIP GOODS

After the cargo has been cleared, it will be loaded onto the aircraft and shipped to the destination.

CLEAR GOODS WITH IMPORT CUSTOMS

Upon arrival at the destination, the goods will require another round of customs clearance where the import documents will be examined by customs officers.

 

Note: The freight forwarding agent can begin this process prior to the arrival of the goods to speed up the clearance process.

LAST-MILE DELIVERY

Once the goods are cleared by the customs officers, the final step is to deliver them right to your doorstep via trucking.

This method of shipping is often ideal for small, lightweight, high-value and time-sensitive goods. Some items that are commonly shipped by air freight include:

 

  • Fresh produce
  • Fresh poultry and seafood
  • Fresh flowers
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Documents
  • Electronic consumer goods
  • Medical equipment
It depends on your needs and the nature of your goods! As a general rule of thumb, shipments that are small and light, high in value or perishable should be shipped via air freight.
Air freight is often faster than sea freight but more expensive. Thus, choosing between the 2 options will depend on your needs and cargo. If you need advice on the type of shipping method to opt for, speak to our professional consultants today!

The cost of air freight is calculated by multiplying the air freight rate by the actual or volumetric weight of the cargo. Other factors such as the type of cargo, demand for the service and distance between the origin and destination country may also affect the air freight rate.

 

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