What is Air Freight Forwarding?
Air Freight Forwarding is the process of planning and arranging the movement of cargo using airplane(s) as the main mode of transportation. This is often in contrast to Ocean Freight Forwarding, which achieves the same result while using ship(s) as the main mode of transportation.
The term “shipping” can be misleading as people often imagine ships carrying large metal containers. However, “shipping” by airplanes is an extremely popular method of cargo transportation due to its speed and reliability. Air cargo often travels on commercial passenger airplanes, but there are also freighters specifically designed to only carry cargo and no passengers. This flexibility allows most air cargo to be transported from the origin to virtually any place in the world within about 24 hours.
However, organizing this transportation is not as simple as buying a ticket and placing the cargo on an airplane as a person would normally do. Due to widely varying export and import laws, required documentation, customs declarations, or other country or region-specific rules and regulations, the logistics process requires profound knowledge to get it done in a timely and cost-effective manner. CNC is an experienced freight forwarder that can arrange your Air Freight Forwarding needs.
Do I need to use a freight forwarder?
International shipping without the use of a freight forwarder is akin to a person attempting to build a house from the ground up by him or herself with no construction knowledge. While this person may know how a house looks like and can visit the local home improvement store to obtain most of the required materials, the person will likely face many challenges in adhering to building codes and safety standards, not to mention the highly inflated prices this person will likely pay for materials.
A freight forwarder like CNC Worldwide is like a general contractor when building a house. We have the knowledge, skills, and resources to complete your project safely and efficiently while reducing the overall cost to you through pre-established contract rates with our vendors. We take on all the headaches and complexities of the import and export process, allowing you to operate your businesses reliably, consistently, and efficiently. And while some larger companies have in-house resources totally devoted to international shipping, for most companies that do not, a freight forwarder can not only provide a valuable service but a necessary one.
So, while you theoretically do not need a freight forwarder, international shipping is no laughing matter and CNC is here to help you every step of the way. Click on the button below to connect with us and learn more!