What is air freight and the types of air freight services offers?

Air freight, or air cargo allows the transport of goods quickly by air. Shipping cargo by air has always been a high cost-to-weight form of shipment, countered by the fact that it’s the fastest way to transport goods internationallyAir freight logistics is the shipment of goods via a chartered or scheduled air carrier. Air freight is a popular choice for many companies as it ensures passage for their goods to anywhere in the world that an aircraft can fly to and land. Goods transported by air have the advantage of being taken to their final destination at high speed which could prove advantageous if the shipment is time sensitive. For smaller and medium sized companies, it allows them to participate in international trade in as an effective manner as larger companies. Furthermore, shipments that are transported via air carrier go through a higher level of security than other methods which makes it one of the most secure ways to transport goods.. Here below is 3 types of services air freight offers….

1) General Cargo

General cargo includes high value goods, such as electronics, jewellery and pharmaceuticals. Air shipping is more expensive than shipping by sea, but due to the high margins and the fact that many electronic goods are fragile, air freight is the most appropriate form of transport.


2) Perishable Goods

Shipments are for goods that are vulnerable to extremes of temperature, high humidity and susceptible to damage, necessitating careful transportation. Each airport has a special area for handling perishable goods where temperature can be controlled using refrigerated chambers and freezers. These areas have customs inspection points that are guarded at all times by highly-qualified, specialized personnel, which ensure that the goods are kept at the optimal temperature at all times.


3) Dangerous Goods

Dangerous Goods shipments are for goods that when transported by aircraft are a risk to health, safety, property or the environment. They include: explosives, radioactive, flammable liquids or volatile chemicals. Dangerous goods are also called hazardous materials or HAZMAT for short and include dry ice, explosives, flammable materials or substances, lithium batteries and chemicals. Not all dangerous goods are obvious.