The process of shipping cargo by air
1. Booking and Quotation:
The first step in air freight shipping is getting a quote from the freight forwarder. This involves providing details about the cargo such as its weight, dimensions, nature, and destination. The freight forwarder will then provide a quote based on these details.
Proper documentation is crucial in air freight shipping. This includes a commercial invoice, a packing list, and a shipper’s letter of instruction (SLI) that should be provided by your forwarder. The commercial invoice provides details about the goods and their value, the packing list provides details about the packaging, and the SLI provides instructions to the freight forwarder.
3. Pickup and Warehousing:
Once the booking is confirmed and the documentation is complete, the cargo is picked up from the shipper and transported to the freight forwarder’s warehouse. Here, the cargo is inspected, and its weight and dimensions are verified.
4. Consolidation and Loading:
At the warehouse, the cargo is consolidated with other shipments going to the same destination. It is then loaded onto pallets or into containers, ready for transport to the airport.
5. Customs Clearance:
Before the cargo can be loaded onto the plane, it must clear customs. This involves checking the documentation and inspecting the cargo to ensure it complies with all regulations.
6. Air Transport:
Once the cargo clears customs, it is loaded onto the plane and transported to the destination country. The freight forwarder will provide a house airway bill (HAWB) which serves as a receipt for the cargo and a contract for its transportation.
7. Arrival and Delivery:
Upon arrival at the destination, the cargo goes through customs clearance again. Once cleared, it is delivered to the consignee.
Throughout the entire process, the shipper can track the shipment using the HAWB number. Most freight forwarders provide online tracking systems that provide real-time updates on the cargo’s status.
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When exporting via air freight, go with the most knowledgeable and experienced team of professionals in international air freight forwarding. BGI Worldwide Logistics provides air export services from virtually any airport in the U.S. In a time crunch? Exporting via air will get your cargo there as quickly as possible.
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