Air freight refers to the transportation of cargo via aircraft.
The main role of an air freight forwarder is to smoothen transport operations by ensuring all logistics (e.g. paperwork) are handled properly. This is so that goods can be delivered safely and promptly.
Air freight vs sea freight
Unlike air freight, sea freight involves the transport of goods via a shipping vessel.
Both of these methods have their own advantages and they differ in terms of their transport time, cost and reliability.
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Air freight process flow
Calculating chargeable weight for air freight
Aircrafts have a limited amount of weight and space they can utilise to carry cargo.
As such, chargeable weight is used to determine how much a piece of cargo should be charged. The higher the chargeable weight, the higher the air freight charges.
Chargeable weight refers to the actual weight (gross weight) or volumetric weight of the good – whichever is greater.
Calculating actual weight
All goods are placed on a weighing scale and their weight is recorded down. This is the cargo’s actual weight (or gross weight).
Calculating volumetric weight
In order to obtain the volumetric weight of a cargo, you must first multiply the length x height x breadth (in cm) of the package. Thereafter, divide the value you obtained by 6000.
Situation 1: Volumetric weight is greater than actual weight
Assuming your shipment consists of 5 boxes with the following characteristics:
- each box weighs 10kg
- each box is 50cm x 40cm x 40cm in size
Therefore, the actual gross weight of your shipment is 5 x 10 = 50kg.
Meanwhile, its volumetric weight is [(50 x 40 x 40) x 5] ÷ 6000 = 66.67kg.
In this scenario, the volumetric weight is more than the actual gross weight. Thus, the volumetric weight will be the chargeable weight.
Situation 2: Volumetric weight is lesser than actual weight
If your shipment consists of 2 boxes with the following specifications:
- each box weighs 15kg
- each box is 40cm x 30cm x 40cm in size
The actual gross weight of your shipment will be 2 x 15kg = 30kg.
Meanwhile, its volumetric weight will be [(40 x 30 x 40) x 2] ÷ 6000 = 16kg.
In this case, the actual gross weight is more than the volumetric weight. Hence, the actual gross weight will be the chargeable weight.
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Why choose M&P International Freights?
M&P International Freights is able to offer you the best shipping routes at the most affordable rates as we have a wide range of partners across the globe.
As a leading sea freight forwarder in Malaysia, we strive to provide total customer satisfaction by assigning each customer to a personal M&P consultant. This helps to keep the client updated with the status of the cargo and ensures a smooth shipping experience.
As a leading freight forwarder in Malaysia, we strive to provide total customer satisfaction by assigning each customer to a personal M&P consultant. This helps to keep the client updated with the status of the cargo and ensures a smooth shipping experience.
Additionally, aside from air and sea freight, we also provide supply chain services such as chemical warehousing, bonded warehousing and custom clearance.