Air freight services are crucial for a variety of different businesses that need to ship large quantities of goods on a regular basis. While ground and sea freight shipping methods often require a week or more to get goods to their destination, air freight services can successfully deliver goods in a matter of days. Since the cost of using air freight services can be prohibitive, it's essential to understand how air freight charges are calculated prior to selecting a service.
Determine the actual weight of the items to be shipped by weighing them along with all the packaging or pallets that will be shipped with them. Alternatively, take the dimensions of the packaged items and multiply by the weight. Next, consult the rate zone chart provided by the shipper to find out the rate per pound for the destination.
Include the cost of packaging with the air freight shipping charge, as shippers don't provide the packaging materials or pallets required for shipping. Since shippers can't guarantee that packages or pallets won't be stacked, ensure that all items are securely packaged and ample dunnage is used in the packing process. Additionally, consult the specific shipper to confirm the pallets or packages can fit on the aircraft.
Account for any additional fees charged for getting the freight through customs if the items are being shipped out of the country. All items shipped require proper documentation to get into the destination country and some are accessed special fees or tariffs.
Inquire about costs for shipping the items to the shipping airport. Shipping rates don't typically include this cost, which can be substantial depending on the number and weight of the goods being shipped.