While sea freight services are the most economical and sustainable option, sea freight services take time. Air freight services are the fastest method of transporting goods with services being delivered between 1-5 days.
If you are investing in the more expensive option of air freight, a fast transit time must be a priority. To ensure you’re able to gain a competitive air freight quote from a freight forwarder in the timeliest manner, it is important to be prepared.
Read on to learn 3 steps to get a quick, competitive air freight quote.
1) Know which type of service you need: direct or deferred
The majority of air freight cargo services coming in to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth from international origins are provided on passenger aircrafts with direct or deferred routes. Direct air freight services are the fastest air freight services where cargo travels on a direct route via a passenger aircraft. Although a more expensive air freight option, your cargo can be delivered 24-36 hours quicker than other air freight services.
Alternatively, you can request a deferred air freight quote where the service will include a stopover and/or plane change as part of the destination route. If your cargo is not due for delivery within 5 days, your freight forwarder can request a deferred air freight service as a cost effective option that is still significantly faster than sea freight services.
2) Calculate the chargeable weight for the air freight quote
Unlike sea freight services being charged by volume only, air freight is charged by volume OR weight depending on which is greater. Air freight services are commonly charged on a price per kilo where airlines apply ‘volumetric’ weight rates for bulkier items based on the goods cubic measurement.
To assist in calculating the chargeable weight, a formula of ‘6000 cubic centimetres (cc) = 1kg’ can be applied to determine the minimum density of your freight and gain a volumetric kilogram unit. To determine your cargo’s volumetric weight most freight forwarders multiply the length x width x height in centimetres then divide the total by 6000.
3) Prepare the necessary pre-quote documents
Like most transportation modes, air freight services need certain documentation prepared before commencing the service. To gain a quick air freight quote it is ideal to provide the suppliers and/or or shipping contacts email, phone number and physical address to verify the business. In addition, best practice freight forwarders will provide a quick all inclusive quote if you provide copies of your purchase order (PO), commercial invoice and packing list to verify your goods.
By engaging an experienced air freight forwarding provider, you can gain a quick, competitive quote that will allow you to optimise your delivery times and expand your customer reach. For more than a century BCR has been assisting Australian businesses reach their customers fast with competitive international air freight quotes.
For more than a century, BCR has continued to help small, medium and large businesses achieve an optimum logistics solution with warehousing and transportation, including air freight and sea freight services to and from the major ports including Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Fremantle (Perth).