Express or Priority air freight? Expensive can be advantageous.

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October 18, 2018  |   Blog   |     |   0 Comment

Air China air freight

When compared to sea freight, all air freight is perceived as express. However, did you know there are two different speed levels?

 

 

 

1) Standard air freight

Sometimes called “express”, this is a reasonable compromise between speed and cost. Shipments are consolidated to minimize expenses and to allow shippers to guarantee a fixed rate per kilogram.

This way you can deliver from Asia to Europe in about a week, rather than several weeks with maritime or rail transport. It is fast enough to tackle most minor delays on regular routes.

2) Urgent air freight

“Priority” or “Premium” air freight is designed for the most urgent shipments. Transport time is minimized through use of cargo space on regular passenger flights. In addition, delivery to and from the airport is done by dedicated express vans. This brings down the total shipping time between Asia and Europe to only two to three days door to door.

“But urgent shipments are too expensive!”

Indeed, emergency air freight can be five to ten times more expensive than standard.
However, just ask yourself this simple question: “What is the cost of late delivery?” Every minute of stopped car production line costs around 20,000 EUR. And what about customer trust? Your unreliability can result in fewer orders which, in the long term, amounts to millions of euros. With this perspective, spending a few thousand euros for timely delivery is rather insignificant.

Bear this in mind when you next try to persuade your customer to postpone the delivery deadline so you can “save” on shipping.

Instead, contact us immediately and get the fastest possible delivery time for your situation.

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