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International Shipping Tips and Guidelines for Air Freight

Posted on 13.02.2019

There are several different reasons why goods are shipped from one country to another; usually, because the products imported are not available domestically. It is also possible that the manufacturing costs of goods are less expensive if done abroad. Regardless of the reason, it cannot be denied that international cargo shipping is common these days, especially with the rapid growth of e-commerce. If you are an entrepreneur looking to book your first air freight service or an experienced shipper, we are here to give you some tips to help you with the process.

Expenses

When dealing with air freight services, one thing that you have to think about is the cost of shipping. The fees for domestic air freight may include fuel and security surcharges, handling charges and airport transfer. However, things get complicated once goods exit your country’s borders. In addition to the cost you usually pay for domestic freight, you also have to consider customs brokerage, cargo insurance, accessorial charges as well as collection and delivery.

Packaging

Before shipping your cargo, ensure secured packaging. Use padding, pallets and strong cardboard boxes for the goods that you will transport. Your items will be handled several times during the shipment. As such, having a good amount of packaging is a definite requirement to keep the shipment safe and undamaged throughout the trip.

Measurements

Know the exact measurements and weight of your shipment. This is important as air freight companies will need this information to calculate the fees that will be involved in transporting your items. Having inaccurate measurements can delay the shipment of your freight and may cause discrepancies once it gets checked by customs.

Declaration of goods

Write the description of your shipment clearly and accurately. Customs are very strict when it comes to processing cargo. If you want to avoid having problems with your shipment, declare everything in your cargo and make sure that nothing’s missing.

Documents

Once everything is set, ensure that you have all the documents needed. Have with you the commercial invoice and other necessary documentation. They will come in handy if any problems arise.

With excellent skills and long-term experience, AMCO Services take all the complexities out of international freight logistics. With a range of air freight services to choose from, you can rest assured that your goods will be delivered as safely and quickly as possible. Book through our international express team for an efficient and affordable service. Get in touch with us today to discuss your needs or to request a quote.