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Air Freight

Air Freight is a fast and efficient method of shipping goods around the world. It is ideal for businesses that require speedy delivery of their products to international markets. Air Freight services are typically used for high-value, time-sensitive, and perishable goods, such as electronics, pharmaceuticals, and fresh produce.

General Information

Weight Classes

Description of weight categories

Air Freight is classified based on its weight and volume. The weight class of Air Freight typically ranges from 0.5 kg to 1000 kg or more. Air Freight shipments that weigh less than 45 kg are typically classified as small packages or parcels, while shipments that weigh more than 1000 kg are classified as heavy cargo.


Proper packaging is critical to the success of Air Freight shipments. Goods should be packaged in a manner that ensures their safety and security during transportation. Common packaging materials used in Air Freight include wooden crates, pallets, and corrugated boxes. Goods should be packed tightly to prevent movement during transit.

It is important to note that the packaging should be suitable for the mode of transport and the type of aircraft being used. Air Freight containers come in different sizes, and it is important to choose the right container for the shipment. If the container is too large for the shipment, it may result in unnecessary expenses, while if the container is too small, it may damage the shipment.


Air Freight shipments require specific paperwork, including airway bills, commercial invoices, and packing lists. These documents are necessary to ensure that the shipment is properly documented and cleared through customs. Airway bills act as a contract between the shipper and the airline, while commercial invoices detail the value of the shipment and its contents.

Customs Clearance

Air Freight shipments may be subject to customs regulations and clearance procedures. It is important to ensure that the shipment complies with customs regulations to avoid delays and additional costs. It is recommended to work with a reputable freight forwarder who can assist with customs clearance procedures and ensure that the shipment is compliant with all regulations.

Fun Facts: Air Freight

  1. Wiseman flew 10 miles from Petaluma to Santa Rosa, California, carrying 3 letters and a postcard.

  2. The world's first airport specifically designed for air cargo operations was opened in 1946 at Miami International Airport.

  3. The largest airplane engine in the world is the General Electric GE9X, which is used on the Boeing 777X and can generate 134,300 pounds of thrust.

  4. The fastest cargo airplane in the world is the C-17 Globemaster III, which has a top speed of 590 miles per hour and can carry up to 77 tons of cargo.

  5. Air Freight has been used to transport some unusual cargo, such as a giant panda named Bao Bao, who was flown from Washington, D.C. to Chengdu, China in 2017.

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