Jan 29 2018

7 Tips For Successful AirFreight Transportation

Airfreight Transportation

If you’ve dealt with the movement of goods across international borders in some capacity, chances are you’re familiar with airfreight as a mode of transportation. Moving goods by air is fundamental across many industries with high value and low volume shipments.

Airfreight brings the fastest speed to the logistics equation as cargo aircraft cruise the skies in excess of 500 mph, which is considerably faster than a modern container ship can ply the water. Streamlining your freight logistics process through air services can help businesses save money through shorter processing times, quicker deliveries, nearly unlimited scope, and detailed inventory management.  

Shipping by air may seem complex -- considering the (sometimes) higher costs and paperwork associated with it. Here are our top 7 tips for working with airfreight partners:

1. Consider Your Expenses

While the upfront costs of airfreight can be more than other methods of shipping, the insurance premium is lower. This is due to the fact that air travel for packages is shorter than other methods. This insurance savings can actually make air travel more affordable than others.

2. Package With Care

It would be wise to spend some extra time and money making sure your goods are packaged to withstand a rough journey overseas. Packages can be mishandled, as they travel through various places and across a multitude of people.

3. Consolidation

Consolidating your shipped goods may add to the transportation time, but it could be an effective method for you to cut costs. There is the option to consolidate goods from multiple suppliers from one origin country before sending the shipment out.

4. Ensure Accurate Reporting

Proper reporting on your cargo measurements is essential -- especially with airfreight. Special attention should be paid to the measurements and weight of your package before sending it out. If the provided information is not accurate, the package is at risk of being held at customs and you will be subject to extra fines.

5. Pay Attention To Paperwork

Shipping by air requires some additional documentation on top of what is required for domestic shipping. It is advisable to speak with your 3PL in order to determine things like the commercial invoice (which requires the total market value and HTS codes for your goods).  

6. Track Your Cargo

Most freight providers will give you the opportunity to track your shipments, which means you can monitor the status of your goods from origin to destination.  

7. Supply Chain Visibility

Having a clear understanding of your transportation processes from supplier all the way to end-customer will help you gain an understanding of your inefficiencies and help you cut costs and boost your shipping efficiency.

So what now?

Freight costs typically account for one of the largest expenses your business will face. As fees continue to rise, it's ideal for you to accurately assess your freight needs, and choose your preferred option and supply chain partner with care. Airfreight is the best option for high value, low volume shipments and for critical goods that have the need, the need for speed.  

To learn more about how Seldat is becoming the global leader in technology-driven supply chain solutions, reach out to our team today:
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