If fast delivery over longer distances is important, air freight may be interesting. Air freight is a form of transport in which goods can be transported all over the world using cargo planes. It is an expensive form of transport due to the limited capacity and operational costs associated with it.
One of the most important factors in air freight is the weight and dimensions of the cargo. When transporting goods by plane, it is important to package and label the cargo properly to prevent damage or loss. In addition, it is important to take into account regulations and customs formalities that may differ from country to country. Therefore, it is important to hire an experienced freight forwarder or logistics service provider to arrange air freight transport. Of course, an important aspect is the speed at which the goods are delivered. Air freight is sometimes a necessary option for perishable goods, or simply to quickly replenish shortages.
In addition, it is important to know for air cargo whether the load fits on the lower deck or needs to be transported on the main deck. For the latter, the capacity is even more limited in the fleet of cargo planes and combi planes (which transport both cargo and passengers in the main cabin). Specific regulations have been established for the transportation of dangerous goods to ensure the safety of the transport, further limiting capacity.
Summarized, air freight is a convenient and fast solution for transporting goods over long distances. However, it is also a very expensive form of transport that comes with specific considerations and regulations. It is therefore important to engage an experienced freight forwarder or logistics service provider to arrange the transport.
Because air freight is not common for many businesses, there are often no fixed rates. For this reason, the procurement is also referred to as spot purchasing. It is often wise to organize this through a TMS, so that rates can be requested and compared quickly and easily from multiple parties.
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