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Air Freight Services & Charter Shipping

Meet deadlines and customer expectations with fast, reliable air shipping services—including same day, airport to airport delivery—at all major hubs around the world.

  • Keep your freight moving consistently with daily departure schedules through our global carrier management programme.
  • Secure the space and scheduling you need—via cargo or passenger plane—through our carrier relationships.
  • Find efficient, cost effective transportation strategies by working with our dedicated experts who oversee and optimize your entire logistics portfolio.
Global Solutions

Air Freight Solutions

Every supply chain has unique needs. Our comprehensive air services, global reach and local knowledge give you customised, reliable solutions based on your requirements to ensure your freight arrives at its destination as planned.

Standard

Standard

Get capacity for items with flexible transit times. Standard air service offers reliability at economical rates.

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Premium

Premium

Enjoy the premium benefits of our defined air scheduling to ensure your freight arrives according to plan.

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Priority

Priority

Get it there fast—rely on our deep air carrier relationships to expedite your air freight. Our investment in key air gateways is your advantage.

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Charter Services

Charter Services

When every minute counts, we’ll secure an aircraft to move your complex, oversized and time sensitive air cargo at maximum speed with minimum hassle.

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Heavy Lift

Heavy Lift

Transport your heavy, overdimensional, and specialized freight safely with customized air shipping solutions. Our field experts have the specialized experience to coordinate every shipment with care.

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Multimodal

Multimodal

Combine the advantages of air freight and sea shipping—including faster transit times and steadier spend—with a streamlined, multimodal process under a unified bill of lading.

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Temperature Controlled Air

Temperature Controlled Air

Air is a fast, efficient choice when moving temperature sensitive goods. From refrigeration to freeze protection, mitigate risks and protect your product’s integrity.

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Customs Brokerage

Customs Brokerage

Maintain your speed advantage with our customs brokerage services to complement your air services. Work with our Trusted Advisor® experts to keep your imports and exports moving quickly through global air freight hubs.

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Trade Policy Consulting

Trade Policy Consulting

Keep up with ever-changing import and export regulations to mitigate risks to your freight. With our knowledge of the intricacies involved in global trade, you can proactively solve compliance issues.

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Marine Cargo Insurance

Marine Cargo Insurance

Safeguard your air freight from financial exposure, physical loss, and damage while in transit. Explore your policy choices—including transactional coverage and annual policies—to ensure your coverage matches your exposure risk.

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Core air freight corridors

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Air freight options for every deadline

Get your freight delivered fast with reliable air shipping options that complement your global shipping strategy. Finding the right air freight option can help keep your time-sensitive freight moving at a moment’s notice.

Take advantage of daily departure schedules—including same day, airport to airport delivery—to create a swift and efficient transportation strategy.

What sets our air freight services apart

Get more negotiating power with air freight carriers and access to capacity at a moment’s notice, even for your unplanned shipments, when you tap into our scale and expertise. Our supply chain experts around the world are up to date on local, regional, and global market conditions as well as the latest trade lane conditions—they’re here to help you mitigate risk and maximise performance in today’s changing market.

We cover every angle with our global suite of services—including ocean shipping, air freight, customs brokerage, trade compliance, and surface transportation.

Frequently asked questions

Q: What is air freight delivery?

Air freight delivery is the process of transporting cargo via air through carrier airlines.

Q: What are the benefits of air freight delivery?

Air freight delivery offers fast transportation, offering greater flexibility and responsiveness to market changes. Additional benefits include reliability and the ability to deliver goods almost anywhere in the world. 

Q: Is air freight delivering expensive?

Air freight delivery is considered the most expensive mode of transport compared to ocean. However, shippers can select from multiple air freight options that take price and transit time into consideration to create more economical rates.

Q: How long does air freight services take?

Air freight services are dependant on the type of freight service secured and the overall distance of transit. Priority deliveries can take anywhere from 1-2 days with standard deliveries ranging from 5-10 days.

Q: Are there any cargo restrictions for air freight delivery?

Cargo restrictions are in place for nine classes of dangerous goods. Some goods are too dangerous to transport on any aircraft, while others need approval from the aviation authority of the countries involved.

Q: Can you deliver oversize cargo by air?

Oversize cargo can be delivered by air. Charter delivering solutions are available for the transportation of heavy and out of gauge cargo that cannot be loaded onto scheduled services.

Q: Is air freight a sustainable mode of transport?

Air freight is not the most sustainable mode of transport. In fact, aircrafts emit the most greenhouse gases per tonne kilometre, meaning it has the greatest environmental impact over other modes of transport.

Get the latest global freight forwarding and market insights

Stay up to date with market changes that impact air and ocean capacity at the trade lane level—everything you need to navigate global shipping.

Evolving our global freight services to meet your needs

Supply chains are growing in complexity and moving faster than ever. Due to the nature of our fast-paced industry, there is a continuous need for additional services. Over the years, we have remained committed to expanding our global network in exciting new ways—including strategic acquisitions—that align with your changing needs.

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