Air freight is carried on a mixture of dedicated freight aircraft and in the passenger aircraft. In the latter case, which accounts for the majority of air freight, passengers and their baggage typically have the highest priority and air freight therefore can potentially only use any additional capacity that is not required by passengers. While there is some space for freight which is over and above that required for passengers even when the aircraft is fully loaded and can therefore be considered to be dedicated for freight, there is also the potential to make use by freight of space which would be nominally allocated for passengers if the flight is fully loaded but which may not be required on a particular flight, if passenger flows are less.
However, the requirements for passengers and their baggage may not be known exactly much in advance of the departure of the aircraft and there is therefore an element of uncertainty about the exact amount of space for freight which may be available on a particular flight. In addition, weather conditions may require the aircraft to take on additional fuel which again given the priority for passengers would reduce the space available for air freight and may even impact on the “dedicated” freight space.
Managing air freight therefore requires these uncertainties to be taken into account, which may mean that it may not be possible to carry the maximum amount of freight on any particular flight. The airlines have addressed this problem by developing different pricing structures, with guaranteed freight on a particular flight having a higher price, and freight which can if necessary be delayed until a later flight having a lower one.
Taking into account your requirement for delivery times, budget or shipment handling specifics, we will ensure transparent shipment movement coupled with up to date status reports on your goods.
General ST provides a range of import and export air freight services depending on the type of goods and the urgency of your needs. Cargo can be consolidated or consigned as express packages on direct flights. We can group our customers’ combined volumes together to attain competitive prices or maximize space allocations on regular flight schedules. These are generally a more economical service to our major overseas destinations.
Our world-wide logistics network keeps you informed of your cargo movement at all times, providing timely notice of arrival and early lodgment of customs entries for earliest possible clearance and delivery of your goods.
Our services ensure that your merchandise is processed correctly by working with you to clearly understand your requirements and deadlines. We will then prepare all the necessary export or import documentation, including all Customs and Agricultural requirements.
Your transit time, cost requirements and commodity will dictate the most suitable method of shipping.