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Best practices for Air Freight Packaging

Air shipping is day by day becoming more affordable and accessible. Being one of the fastest ways to send shipments, Air Freight is becoming more popular and reliable for SMEs and even for sending personal packages.

Air shipments come with a lot of advantages like- time sensitivity- they are surely the fastest way to deliver shipments. When it comes to perishable goods- air shipments are the best. The delivery time can be lesser than 24 hours (for shorter distance). Other factors like safety, easy tracking, low risk contributes to make it one of the most popular most of freight transportation!

Since, safety is utmost in flights, its very important to make sure that you are packing your air freight to the highest standards. Packing your air freight parcels means that they would be safe and secure throughout the journey and they will also reach to the destination in the best possible condition.

Label shipments correctly
Labelling your shipments correctly ensures a seamless communication between you and all the touchpoints of the parcel. The parcel is handled at multiple platforms and a correct labelling enables smooth processing at each platform. It gives clear instructions on how to treat best your parcel. Improper labelling results in both time and money loss.
Include in your labeling:

  • The port and country of origin and destination
  • Shipping mark (this will facilitate your cargo’s identification)
  • Your shipment’s weight (in pounds and kilograms)
  • Number of items and sizes (both in inches and centimeters)
  • International pictorial symbols in order to indicate how to handle your cargo

Avoid re-use of boxes
Try to avoid reusing boxes, as they lose a considerable amount of structural integrity with each use. Its tempting to reuse the box if it arrives a good condition after the first use. But we need to understand that these boxes do not always have the strength to withstand a second use without crushing. Additionally, they are extremely vulnerable to humidity and moisture, which can weaken their structure significantly. only use your corrugated fiberboard boxes for a single air freight shipment. That way, you can ship with confidence, knowing that your container has the full strength it needs to protect your goods during their journey.

Include Commercial invoice
The commercial invoice is a legal document between the supplier and the customer that clearly describes’ the sold goods, and the amount due on the customer. The commercial invoice is one of the main documents used by customs in determining customs duties. The Commercial Invoice states who is buying from whom and the shipping terms agreed. Whether you are importing or exporting having a commercial invoice is a must. The document is prepared when the exporter is ready to ship the goods. It is a legal requirement to fill out a commercial invoice accurately. Failure to do so may result in lengthy delay and hold-ups. Given that a commercial invoice is also used for customs declaration purposes, any misinformation may lead to underpayment of the correct duty and taxes due and their legal ramifications.

If you still have doubts about your Air Freight, please feel free to give us a call at +44 20 8848 3308 and we will handle your consignment hassle-free for you.

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