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Question About Shipping Cargo On Commercial Flight  
User currently offlinepwm2txlhopper From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1326 posts, RR: 1
Posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 3785 times:

I have some questions about shipping air freight on commercial airlines.

I recently sold something on E-bay to a buyer in the USA. However, I had a potential bidder from Russia inquire about shipping costs. Since the item was too big for USPS, I checked with the likes of UPS/FX to get an idea how much it would cost, and was quoted $665 for a four foot long, 14 Lbs. package. Since the item was only worth $140, or course the guy wasn't interested because of the high shipping cost.

I was trying to figure out an alternative, and remembered commercial airlines shipped air freight that you can go pick up at the airport. Then I remember I checked into this several years ago when I wanted to ship my bike to Germany, and found that average person off the street can no longer ship air freight with he airlines unless they are a registered known shipper. I learned you need an air cargo facilitator that is also a registered known shipper in order to ship with the airlines? I guess these new rules went into place sometime after 9/11?


So my question are, if you had something... A package, freight, anything, etc. and wanted to ship on a commercial flight, how do you locate a company that is a registered shipper that can handle logistics and paperwork for you? Also, is this option of shipping cheaper than UPS and FX? Or, at least was it cheaper when the average Joe off the street was still able to go to the airline's cargo warehouse at the airport and do it themselves? Has it become more expensive now that you have to hire a company to do it for you? If it's cheaper, or more expensive, how much less/more are we talking as compared to somebody like UPS or FX?

I sell things on E-bay. I've got a few larger items I'd like to sell, but the extreme shipping costs make buying the items unlikely for buyers who would otherwise potentially be interested. If I could send air cargo on the airlines that a buyer could go to the airport and pick up themselves, this is something I might consider in the future if the savings is significant enough compared to UPS/FX/ that a buyer would pay the costs? When I was on the Delta Cargo web page the other day, it said minimum prices were $129 per shipment, and something like $5-10 per pound after that. That sounded like a pretty good price for a heavy item compared to UPS, but I'm wondering if it would be a lot more once you had to pay a freight forwarding company to book it for you?

Anybody know anything about or have experiences shipping air freight on passenger flights these days? When I try to search for "air freight forwarder" or "facilitator" I can't find companies in my area that say they do this for small single item shipments.

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User currently offlinePanHAM From Germany, joined May 2005, 9340 posts, RR: 29
Reply 1, posted (3 years 7 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3562 times:

Well, at least here you can still go to the airline and they do all the paperwork for you and airfreight the cargo to the final destoination.

You may be better served by a freight forwarder however. The "known shipper" ( a freight forwarder can be a regulated agent) just has some advatages over a walk up customer. you would have to hjave the packages screened (x-rayed) in any case and you would have to pay for that separately.

What delzta quoted you is just the airfreight. That may be higher of the freight is voluemtric, than a voluemtric weight charge is calculated. on top of that you would have to pay a handling charge, export documentation and the said x-ray check. That would bring the freight to the destinaiton but not customs cleared. The consignee would have to go to the carrier at the destination and arrange the clearance himself.

FX and UPS have that included in their charges alraedy, the consignee just hjas to pay for duties, taxes and outlay costs on these.

Airlines usually don't do that. Some freight forwarders offer such services to the final consignee, same as the integratos. As a fact we did that long before FX and UPS went into that business. The fact that the two mentioned usually also pick up at your home, I'd say they made a good offer, although it was not economically for your customer.. .



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