Air Freight Forwarding: what are the advantages?

During the last centuries international trade has become extremely important, mainly because of globalization. However, the international transport of your products is still very complicated, due to complicating factors like different rules and regulations of each individual country. If you want to transport your products across the globe, an air freight forwarder helps you to ease these complexities.

Air Freight Forwarding

Air freight forwarders are intermediaries who arrange the international cargo shipments for companies. They actually do not move the cargo themselves, but take care of the entire logistical process behind the scenes.  Air freight forwarders assure that different transport organizations can work together effectively and make sure that the freight is delivered on the right place at the right time for the lowest price per unit.

Advantages of Air Freight Forwarding

Unless you are an expert on transport and logistics for the country you are shipping to, it might be a good idea to work with an air freight forwarder. When working with a qualified forwarder (check the IATA website for qualified forwarders), you will benefit of several advantages:

●      The air freight forwarder will analyze the possibilities of transporting your products. He will consider factors like the optimal route, transport companies, delivery time and price. In this way, you are sure that the transport fits your requirements in the best possible way .

●      The air freight forwarder is an expert in air transport. Not only will he know about transport companies, routes, prices and quality, but he will also know how to deal with special products, such as perishable products that need refrigerated transportation and hazardous materials.

●      When working with an air freight forwarder, you will save time and thus money to work on your main company’s activities.

When to work with an air freight forwarder?

Every company should make its own decision about whether or not to use an air freight service.  When transport volumes are getting bigger, distances longer and the freight delivery-process grows more complex, it is recommended to work with an expert on air freight forwarding.

Air Freight Forwarding within 24 hours all over Europe

Limburg offers air freight forwarding. The Province has the second largest hub for cargo flights in the Netherlands, called the Maastricht-Aachen Airport. In addition, Limburg is specialized in handling hazardous and perishable products. The central position of the region makes it possible to deliver anywhere in Europe within 24 hours.

Conclusion

The question whether or not to work with an air freight forwarder, depends on many factors. These include factors such as the characteristics of the product itself (should it be handled with care?), the distance and the quantity of products that have to be transported. However, working with an air freight forwarder will save you time and money and you will be sure that the freight is transported in the best way possible. Your products will be in the right place, at the right time.

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3 Responses to “Air Freight Forwarding: what are the advantages?”

  1. Mixing air freight and sea freigt is also a great method. It gives fast delivery at competitve prices for heavy items.

  2. Some other advantages of Air Freight Forwarding are -

    Door to Door Delivery : The air cargo agents also provide door delivery service for those customers that may require them.

    Insurance Coverage : Many air cargo agents have also undertaken the role of an insurance agent and provide coverage for marine and liabilities risks.

    Advice of Packing Problems : Most air cargo agents are even trained to provide advice on the packaging for Dangerous Goods of all classes.

  3. Depending on what you are shipping between the choice of air and sea…. obviusly time and money are the two big factors here… large volumes of items via air may be fast, but will cost far more that sea. Freight forwarding by any method can be cost effective though if managed correctly

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