Air Freight Forwarder
When you need products delivered quickly, air freight forwarder services are crucial. Finding the right partner for your air cargo is critical, but still, you may find that major service providers might not make your shipment a priority right when you need it most. You may find your customer service needs are ignored in favor of companies with higher volume and larger shipments.
Not with Dedola Global Logistics. Whatever the size of your shipment, we provide the air freight services you need to get your goods transported quickly. Your product is the lifeblood of your business, which means you need the same reliable, efficient service that your largest competitors receive. We provide just that, with customer service that treats your priorities as our priorities.
What’s the difference between air freight forwarding and ocean freight forwarding?
Generally, the larger and heavier the shipments are, the cheaper it is to ship by ocean. This is because the cost of sending cargo on a ship is calculated by volume. In contrast, the cost associated with shipping cargo by air is calculated by its weight.
Which method you choose will determine your overall shipping costs and arrival time. Airfreight forwarding is a much faster method than ocean freight forwarding. But it’s not just about time — the weight and volume of cargo can determine which way is best for you. So, if you’re shipping something light and small, then air freight forwarding may be your best bet. If you’re unsure, then call Dedola Global Logistics, and we can help you determine which method is best.
Why is it better to work with an international air freight forwarder?
It’s not easy to send your goods across borders. To be successful, you will want to hire an air freight forwarder who has a strong understanding of regulations, logistics, and documentation. This ensures that your cargo is properly handled, stored, and then received at its intended destination. You want to choose a company that will handle all aspects of tracking, paperwork, warehousing, and other specific details of a comprehensive shipping process. International air cargo is heavily regulated for safety reasons. You want to choose an air freight forwarder who will help you complete the correct insurance, customs, and other required forms.
The following factors will affect the cost of shipping:
- The size of your cargo and how it is packed
- Its volume and shape
- How much the cargo weighs
- How much the packaging weighs
- How many shipments you’ll be sending[SD2] [MD3] [AP4]
- The estimated value of your cargo
- Whether your cargo will be palletized (shrink-wrapped and on top of pallets) or loose
- Whether or not you would like to buy insurance for the shipment
- How many shipments you will make in a month
Dangerous Goods Documentation
To ship dangerous goods, you will need to complete special transport documents. Important information needs to be given to the aircraft operator or carrier so that your shipment is handled correctly. The documents you’ll need to fill out are the Air Waybill and the Shipper’s Declaration for Dangerous Goods, or Dangerous Goods Declaration (DGD). According to Section 8 of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR), you must complete one for each consignment of dangerous goods. The Air Waybill, also known as an air consignment note, is a receipt given by an international airline that provides critical details about the shipment and is non-negotiable.
There are some items and chemicals that could endanger the safety of the people who will handle the cargo, so other specialists will need to oversee its handling. Examples of dangerous goods include lithium batteries, radioactive materials, explosives, gases, and any items that are:
There are four sections of The Nature and Quantity of Dangerous Goods declaration that you will need to fill out.
First, you’ll need to identify the cargo that is being shipped. You need to provide a basic description of the chemicals and substances that are in the shipment, so first responders know what they’re dealing with if they need to respond to an emergency. You will need to provide the shipping name, which is the technical name of the product being shipped. You also need to give the class or division of material the cargo is made of, and, if applicable, what packing group they are a part of.
- Packing Type and Quantity
Next, you will need to determine the total number of packages being shipped and the type of packaging. You may be asked to enter information regarding package weights or volumes, or even gross weight.
- Packing Instruction
According to Section 5 of the IATA’s DGR, you must use high-quality packaging that can withstand loading and unloading, as well as conditions normal to transport. Additionally, your packages must be built and secured to ensure that none of the contents will fall out or be lost.
4. Statement of Authorization
Special provisions mandate that competent authorities, such as the US Department of Transportation, authorize air shipments. Air transport requires an agreement between the United States and foreign governments. Still, even domestic shipments require authorizations and shipments and commercial bills of lading. Special provisions include:
- Quantity limitations
- Packing requirements
- Aircraft type
Expedited and Priority Services
When you have a special shipment that needs to be prioritized, our company has the air freight delivery options to suit your needs. Our air freight services include same-day delivery, priority morning delivery, next day evening delivery, and many more options. Give us a call, and our experienced staff can help you choose the best option.
Every day, millions of small packages and large freight shipments move across the country and across international borders. Though the shipping landscape is always changing, and the pandemic requires novel problem solving, some things remain unchanged. You still need a logistics partner who can provide expert, efficient air freight forwarding services. Dedola Global Logistics will provide the best end-to-end solution for your company.
If you’re a business owner and are trying to keep up with the demands of your competitive industry, then rely on Dedola Global Logistics. We use advanced freight tracking technologies and have a vast network of airline partners. We will successfully deliver your shipment from your suppliers’ doorstep through to your customer’s doorstep. So give us a call and tell us what you’re shipping, where you want to send it, your concerns, and any other questions. We’d be happy to help you maximize efficiency and streamline your logistics.
We offer priority and expedited services to handle your shipments door-to-door, door-to-airport, airport-to-airport, and more, anywhere in the world. Our extensive air freight service contacts give you access to the same air freight service options as your largest competitors.
- Priority/Expedited Services
- Dangerous Goods Documentation
- Export Documentation
- Online Tracking
- Purchase Order/Material Flow Management
- Messenger Service
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