In a fast-moving world, customers are frequently needing goods delivered as soon as possible which is why air freight services are becoming increasingly important with time sensitive, urgent consignments. Air freight is often the fastest, most secure and most direct mode of transport for your exports and imports.
AIR FREIGHT SOLUTIONS
At Wallis Shipping we offer a full range of air freight logistic. Solutions from small urgent cargo couriers to full air charter services, and even oversize air freight project cargo With our widespread network and worldwide freight forwarding partners on hand we are able to offer a door to door service anywhere in the world, or just arrival to the nearest airport. With our air freight import service, we are also able to help organise the customs clearance and delivery for air cargo arriving into the UK.
REACHING REMOTE LOCATIONS
At Wallis Shipping we often use air freight logistics to reach remote locations where communication links don’t support sea and road operations. Working with our clients we frequently deliver foreign aid to remote and landlocked regions of Africa. And as air transportation is the best method for perishable goods, we often ship food and drink commodities by airfreight for our clients in the food manufacturing industry.
Wallis Shipping’s freight forwarding office in Slough is just a short distance away from London Heathrow, one of the world’s busiest cargo airports and the main hub for UK exports. We have strong relationships with the cargo airlines and preferential rates with global courier companies to offer you the best and most competitive service, and can even offer collection and delivery to and from London Heathrow and UK airports.
SPEED & SERVICE
With the speed at which air freight travels it’s essential we stay in close contact to ensure you and the buyer are kept informed of progress. With our air freight software, Exportease, and awb tracking we are able to keep you fully updated on the progress of your shipment. Our air freight logistics team are known for their high levels of customer service and quick response time, and are ready to route your goods to or from any worldwide airport whether there is a need for consolidated cargo or a direct air service. With our detailed knowledge we are able to offer you flexible and dependable scheduling solutions to avoid your business unnecessary delays.
Advantages of Wallis air freight services:
- Consolidated cargo
- Air charter services
- Air freight project cargo
- Air cargo insurance
- AWB (airwaybill) tracking
- Air freight software and documentation
- Collection and delivery
- Warehousing and packing / unpacking services
- Logistics management & consultancy
- Commercial documentation and customs clearance
- Letter of Credit services
- Hazardous cargo
For more urgent cargo, air freight can be an excellent option.
Here are a few advantages of using airfreight over ocean freight…
- Short transportation time and tight controls over cargo reduce exposure to theft, pilferage and damage
- Unlike ocean freight, easier consolidated and direct-to-consignee services are available
- For smaller cargo airfreight, including courier services, is generally the easiest option
- Insurance premium rate is generally lower for air freight than road haulage or ocean freight
- High performance standards and the flexibility to meet your changing needs is offered by air freight solutions
- We utilise premium air freight carriers with established routings because of an ever-increasing demand for shorter transit times internationally
You need to specify what the cargo is (with a commodity code), the number of packages, weights and dims, a collection point and the final destination. You will also need to supply a copy of the commercial invoice for the goods with the EORI number, VAT number, commodity code and the good’s value for us to be able to do the export customs clearance.
The EORI number is based on the trader's VAT number. For help getting a EORI number to export businesses can call the HMRC Excise & Customs helpline on 0300 200 3700 or visit https://www.gov.uk/eori
For air cargo, carriers take the volumetric weight of the goods, rather than the gross weight. To work this out you use the following calculation…
length x width x height (cm) / 6000 = volumetric weight kg
120cm x 100cm x 80cm = 960,000
/ 6000 = 160 kg (volumetric)
Some airlines, especially couriers, divide by 5000, so please check with us first.
Packing requirements vary and depend on the type of cargo being shipped. There are very strict rules for packing hazardous material for instance. You can minimise the risk of any damage to cargo by making sure the packing is as tight and secure as possible. There are also various rules about packing your cargo onto wooden crates and pallets. Take our advice on the type of packing requirements for your particular cargo and destination. Call us for more information.
Airline services are offered from airport to airport so it is necessary to arrange trucking from your premises up to airport. Who organises this and who pays the costs will depend on the INCOTERMS you are using for your sale. We can arrange the collection of your cargo with delivery to the airport.
Cargo insurance is not an obligation but it is recommended you protect your goods against loss or damage. This will cover your goods in transit and in storage. Providing we are arranging the air freight booking we can offer air cargo insurance. Call us a for a quote today.
An air waybill (AWB) or consignment note is the document airlines issue, for both domestic and international flights, on receipt of cargo and as evidence for the contract of carriage, but it is not a document of title to the goods. It serves as a receipt for the shipper, indicating that the carrier has accepted the goods listed therein and obligates itself to carry the consignment to the airport of destination according to specified conditions. The air waybill is non-negotiable. It includes an 11-digit Air Waybill number you can use to track your goods in transit. There are also Master Air Waybills (MAWB) and House Air Waybills (HAWB) used depending on the terms the goods are sold on.