Air freight originally was used for either very urgent items, high-value goods or perishable goods with a short shelf life. With the rise of just in time supply chains and the desire of buyers to hold as little stock as possible air freight has come more common in global distribution processes.
Major users of airfreight are high technology products from computers to mobile phones. Fashion suppliers and buyers are big shippers by airfreight to try and ensure they keep up with and capitalise on current season trend. Commodities such as fresh fruit and vegetables and frozen fish due to their perishable nature are all frequently carried.
Airfreight is the most expensive freight shipping method per kilo. There are good reasons to consider using airfreight in your logistic operations.
- Financial Benefits – Shorter delivery times means you do not need to hold as much stock and so capital investment in stock holdings is reduced. If it is a high value item then this can make a considerable impact
- Reduction in warehousing costs. Whether you do your own warehousing or outsource it to a 3rd party, as you can hold less stock your warehousing storage requirements are less, which in turn means a reduction in costs.
- Less stringent packaging requirements. Airfreight cargo is subject to less stress when shipped and is in transit for a fraction of the time compared to sea freight. This means goods do not need to have the extra crating/packaging to survive being inside a sea container for 3 or more weeks.
- Service Reliability. Airfreight routes are well developed to and from most cities around the world. If cargo is late and misses one flight then it can easily roll to the next flight with minimal delay. Premium services are available to many destinations which guarantee your goods will be arrive at a certain time or compensation will be paid.
At AJF we have frequently shipped urgent spare parts around the world for the energy sector, both oil, gas and renewable sectors. Everything from a 1 kilo valve to a complete to even a specialised power generator system which as needed for a chemical plant near Houston, Texas, USA after flooding impacted their production site.
For project work or very heavy or large volume cargoes can arrange chartering of entire aircraft. We can arrange charters to and from most regions. Charters can be either for a specific job or for a contracted period of time.
For first time shippers the cheap economy services which Asian brokers offer often share with passenger services and may end up going to several different airports which adds to the transit time. At busy times cargo can be left off the plane if the passenger and baggage load is too high for the aircraft this can delay cargo for several weeks
For first time shippers airfreight shipments are much more expensive than sea freight shipments. If your goods are non-urgent and your goods have a large volume or weight you should consider using sea freight