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What is Air Freight - Everything You Need To Know

Zenyx Griffiths

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2nd Aug 2017 (Last updated on 18th Jul 2022) 4 minute read

Moving abroad is an exciting prospect but when it comes down to the nitty gritty, it can be a busy and chaotic time. There is a lot to consider when it comes to arranging your international removals and one of the main sticking points will be the process of transporting your household items. Airfreight will be one of your options but it's important that you get some clarity on what that process involves so that you can make the best decision. This guide aims to get you well and truly clued up on all things airfreight.

This article will cover the following:
  1. What Is Air Freight
  2. Why Use Air Freight
  3. Airfreight Logistics
  4. Airfreight Times
  5. Airfreight Costs
  6. Compare Air Freight Costs

What Is Air Freight

What is Airfreight?

Airfreight is the carriage of goods by aircraft. Airfreight methods for international moves are the transportation of household items in small or large consignments.

Moving abroad requires a lot of forward-planning and the process will certainly require the help of an international removal company. Methods and processes of moving your household items abroad via airfreight will vary from company to company. This ‘Compare My Move’ guide aims to inform you of the basics.

Often, a removal company will advise that you send only a few items that you will not want to wait for via airfreight and send the rest of your items via sea freight. This would be a more cost-effective solution. Airfreight costs are based on the weight or volume of your goods and then there are insurance fees on top of that. Once you choose a removal company, they will offer clearer ideas on the process and the guide price.

Why Use Air Freight

Why use Airfreight?

The main reason for opting for an Airfreight service when moving abroad is speed. The timescale for sending items this way is certainly a lot more convenient. Depending on where you are going, shipping freight can take weeks, even months to arrive at the destination. Of course, with convenience comes a cost. Some that are moving abroad choose to only take a select few household belongings choosing to sell or store all other belongings and buy new furniture in their new home country. If this is the situation, then an airfreight service may be for you.

Although airfreight Services are somewhat expensive, it is a cost-effective solution for smaller consignments.

Airfreight Logistics

Airfreight consignments must be professionally packed. This is a security regulation so no ‘owner packed’ items will be permitted. The professional removal company will pack your items at your home and then arrange them into robust cartons. The cartons will then be grouped onto a large pallet in order to keep items together and to make for easier handling. The consignment will be wrapped in waterproof wrapping and secured together with bands and tape. Your name and the destination will be noted on the outside for reference.

The consignment will be X Ray scanned before it is loaded into air igloos on the air craft. Your items will also be subject to an X Ray scan at the destination along with any other security checks carried out by the customs of the country you are moving to.

Airfreight Times

Transit times for airfreight takes up to two weeks from collection to delivery. There are only certain airlines that your removal company will be working with as not all airlines allow cargo of this kind. Your items are also then subject to thorough customs clearance procedures in the UK and again at the destination airport. The transit time will only be an estimate as there are circumstances by which the process can be delayed and your items held up, like for example, if the customs at the destination pull your consignment for further checks.

Airfreight Costs

Airfreight costs are determined by the number of items you will be shipping and by which company and airline you are using. An experienced international removals firm will be able to find the best deal.

Airlines will charge on the weight or the volume of the consignment basing this on whichever is greater. The final cost is determined by the final weight and the dimensions of the consignment. As a rough guide on the price, an Airfreight Service from London to New York may be charged at around £2 a kilo. This cost is not including insurance fees so these will be added.

To get a clearer idea of what the airfreight costs might be, you can get a more accurate quote from your international removal company. It isn’t always possible to give customers an accurate final price. Usually, a removal company will offer a guide price rather than a guaranteed final price. This is because the final price is determined when the consignment is collected and weighed.

Compare Air Freight Costs

We hope this guide has helped to answer some of your airfreight questions. Check out our Ultimate guide to Moving Abroad for more information on this exciting new adventure.

Don’t forget to Compare International Removal Company Costs – Bon Voyage!

Zenyx Griffiths

Before Compare My Move, Zenyx once wrote lifestyle and entertainment articles for the online magazine, Society19 as well as news articles for Ffotogallery.

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