Air freight forwarders are organizations that arrange the transportation of cargoes, most often between sea ports and airfields. They act as middlemen between two parties – the shipper and the transport supplier. Shippers send cargo over the sea or air to another destination while the transport suppliers’ products are loaded on airplanes or delivered by trucks to the final destination. Air freight forwarders act as a link between the transport suppliers and the shippers who are sending cargo. A freight forwarder, then, is someone or a company who organizes shipments to a specific final destination, usually across the ocean, to an individual or corporation for delivery.
Air freight forwarders have brokers who put forward cargo to clients. Some of them work directly with the importer or exporter, while others deal with clients directly. Air freight forwarders are licensed by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to arrange cross docking between international airports. They also have representatives at the U.S. ports of origin and destinations as well as at the international airports where the cargo will be unloaded and transported. The DOT requires such air freight forwarders to comply with its regulations such as those regarding registration, insurance, record keeping, licensing, bonded payment methods, customs declaration, and duties to the customs and transportation departments.
Before a shipment can be accepted by an airline, it is necessary to have a list of acceptable shippers provided by the air freight forwarder. The list is called the CCL, which stands for Carrier Compliance List. The list is used by the DOT and airlines to determine if the carrier can safely transport the cargo.
The top air freight companies include Continental Air, FedEx Express, US Airways, United Airlines, Sunwing Airlines, Continental Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, US Airways Express, JetBlue Airways, Northwest Airlines, Air Canada Airlines, Lufthansa Airlines, Air New Zealand and British Airways. When choosing the air shipping service, the shipper should first determine the type of cargo to be shipped and the distance between the airport and the desired destination. The shipper should also find out the cost of the air-shipping services. Most shippers prefer flat rate fees that do not vary according to the size or weight of the shipment. However, the best rates are guaranteed only to those companies that charge reasonable flat rate fees.
Once all these requirements have been fulfilled, the shipper should find out about air freight forwarders and their mode of operation. All shippers should seek information from international shipping organizations that regulate the shipping industry. These organizations give licenses to only those companies that meet international shipping regulations. A freight forwarder that is licensed by the Federal Maritime Commission is an excellent choice for those who are transacting in large amounts of international shipping.
Every air freight forwarder has its own weight limits, regulations related to the shipment of dangerous goods and its mode of operation. The shipper should inquire about these facts before placing an order with the company. The size of the freight in a consignment is also very important; this will help the transport company to determine the weight of the package and calculate its transportation costs accurately.
There are several types of carriers that can be used to ship cargo using air transportation. Among these are airplanes, ship carriers and railroad trains. Most airlines today use planes to transport cargo because it is the quickest method of transporting cargo. Ship carriers, on the other hand, are used mostly when a cargo needs to be transported in large amounts because it offers the safest way of shipping cargo by using enclosed trucks or containers.
A good example of using an air freight forwarder is when a manufacturer wants to ship their goods to China. They will need to obtain the container used to ship the product to China. After shipping the goods, the company will then need to obtain the airline air waybill number. This information will then be needed by the shipper when applying for the cargo insurance. Furthermore, most shippers can also track the shipment status of their shipment using the Internet so they will know if the goods are on their way to their desired destinations or if there is still some additional work to be done before the shipment gets cleared.