8 tips for making international air freight

International air freight

If you are thinking of making an air shipment it is important to consider all the factors that will determine the cost and packaging as well as the options of aircraft depending on the destination of your cargo (read more of this here) so we leave you some of the most important to with Siderar.


Correctly calculate the weight-to-volume ratio.


Air transport charges freight per kg transported, represents the same effort moving a 1Tn load as a load of 6 M3, so, the volume weight ratio it considers is 1TN-6 M3.

The volumetric weight arises from multiplying the M3 of the load by 167, which will result in a value that will be compared to the actual kg of the load. Freight shall be calculated on the higher (actual kg or volumetric weight)


Make sure the maximum measures and weights admitted


Air transport imposes restrictions on the dimensions of the cargo, by the size of the door of your hold. The maximum load size is usually 1.59 meters long, and the width should not exceed 2 meters. Read more here


Protect the load, to avoid problems in successive movements


Air transport must be considered fast and low risk, however, the goods are subject to various loading, unloading and handling operations. Movement within airport terminals is unavoidable, so the cargo must be prepared to withstand this handling.


Evaluate Container Ship Procurement (ULD)


These metal containers, called Unit Load Devices, adapt to the hold space of freighters or passenger and cargo aircraft, allowing access to cheaper freight fares.


Take out additional insurance


The recommendation is to take an additional insurance policy, which covers risks of loss or deterioration during international transport. Regardless of the basic coverage of the carrier. In case of damage to the goods, it allows the injury to charge a similar amount or equal to the weight and value of the cargo.


Dispatch the documentation along with the load

Transportation allows documents to travel with cargo. This avoids assuming Courier costs, and also ensures the rapid delivery of the documents, since otherwise, any delay in the arrival of the same can delay the process of customs at destination.


To corroborate the danger of the burden


Dangerous goods must be packed in a special way, and subject to additional freight charges. Although it is difficult to recognize, electronics, perfumes, various chemicals, or even food inputs can be considered hazardous products. The recommendation is to contact the carrier to ensure, in accordance with IATA (International Air Transport Association) regulations, whether or not the goods are found to be dangerous. You can consult it directly at IATA


Select an experienced agent or carrier


The complete operation operation may be carried out safely when the Cargo Agent (intermediary between the air carrier and the shippers) has experience, mainly in terms of the times, the achievement of effective boarding without losing flights or frequencies, and safety in handling cargo.


Leave a comment