Air freight is an integral and important part of a global supply chain for many businesses in Australia. Air freight to and from the major airports in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth has become increasingly popular for shipping time-sensitive goods including FMCGs, fashion, product samples, high-value goods, spare parts and machinery from one place to another. By using an IATA accredited air freight forwarder that has a dedicated team focused on air freight solutions, shipping speed and convenience are competitive benefits that are likely to be gained by using international air freight services.

Each week, BCR receives a number of inquiries from businesses seeking fast international air freight quotes for a wide variety of requirements. As an established air freight forwarder accredited by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), we assist hundreds of customer’s ship their goods to and from international destinations to fast provided the shipper has provided all the necessary documentation prior to selecting the air freight service and the goods are packed correctly.

Read on to learn 4 quick air freight quote tips that can assist you to get your goods moving fast.

1) Ensure the air way bill is correct

To gain a quick air freight quote, it is important to know an air way bill (AWB) needs to be supplied as evidence of the contract between the shipper and carrier. Ideally made out by the shipper for carriage of goods over routes of the carrier(s), it is important to ensure the details of the shipment are correct, including the weight, recipient information, details for Customs and that it is pre-printed issuing the carrier’s identification details. An expert 3PL provider or international freight forwarder will advise you that air freight cannot be generated without an AWB.

2) Carefully pack the goods for air freight

To ensure your goods can be shipped without delay, they must be packed carefully. Professional air freight forwarders and sea freight providers are likely to provide you with packing guidelines to follow so your goods are not held up at any point of transportation. If your shipment is delicate or fragile, it is important to take extra care and ensure appropriate packaging materials are used to secure your goods. Carefully packaged goods enable 3PL providers to quickly transport them and are likely to protect your goods from tares, spills or damage whilst in transit.

3) Clearly label your goods

As a standard, business owners know that any goods being shipping need to be clearly marked with business details including the company name, contact, address and contact number as well as the name, address and phone number of the final destination. To ensure your air freight cargo arrives damage-free is it also essential to include orientation labels to clearly mark how the goods should be transported and if any sensitive measures are required (sample labels below). It is also smart to number your cargo items and indicate how many packages there are in total.

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4) Confirm number of cargo items

While having a correct AWB, carefully packaged and clearly labelled goods assists you to get your goods moving fast, having an incorrect number of items ready for shipment can be a disaster. Whether the goods are being picked up or dropped off, it is important to ensure the cargo count is accurate and matches the air freight quote/order as a 3PL provider will not be able to collect the goods otherwise.

Shipping goods using air freight services can be a straightforward and an easy process if you know how to prepare. Ensuring your AWB is correct, your goods are carefully packaged and clearly labeled as well as accurately numbered are important steps to make sure your gain an air freight quote quick. By selecting an established air freight forwarder you are likely to be guided on these steps to ensure your goods reach their destination quickly every time.

Accredited by IATA, BCR provides personalised air freight services to small, medium and large businesses located in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and regional and rural areas. BCR also provides sea freight services, 3PL warehousing and a team of expert Customs Brokers to simplify the import, export and logistics needs of our customers.