Air Freight Services

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Fast and efficient solutions to help you achieve your business goals

Does your business require an efficient air freight service? Do you need tailored services to meet yours or your customer’s unique requirements? When you need reliable and expertly managed air freight, Pinnacle can support you from our wide range of services to and from almost anywhere in the world.

Our Air Freight Services

When you’re working to tight deadlines on time-limited projects, we are well equipped with extensive knowledge and years of air freight experience to help you get your air cargo to its final destination. Whatever the size, shape, or volume of your air cargo, we offer tailor-made solutions to suit any requirements:

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Export, Import, and Cross Trade

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Direct / Indirect Consolidation

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Temperature-controlled air cargo

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Security screening

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Courier

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Air charter

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Door-to-door

Benefits of our air freight services

Access our global network of carriers and dedicated air freight team for industry experience and tailor-made solutions to fit your special requirements. Enjoy the simplicity of one point of contact to help you with your shipments, so you’ll never be left wondering who to speak to and how to reach them. We always aim to  leave you rest assured that your cargo is in safe and reliable hands.

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Air freight in Leicester

Managing and handling air freight and air cargo from Leicestershire, in the midlands makes us perfectly situated for easy use of airports across the United Kingdom, with access to our global network of carriers. Not only do we have a dedicated air freight team working out of Leicester, but our Leicestershire location is secure to handle air cargo and has generous warehousing facilities, meaning we’re best placed to handle all your air freight needs.

Air Freight in Leicester

Managing and handling air freight and air cargo from Leicestershire, in the midlands makes us perfectly situated for easy use of airports across the United Kingdom, with access to our global network of carriers. Not only do we have a dedicated air freight team working out of Leicester, but our Leicestershire location is secure to handle air cargo and has generous warehousing facilities, meaning we’re best placed to handle all your air freight needs.

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How We Can Help

Ask our team of global logistics experts for information, pricing, and advice about your planned air cargo shipments to and from almost anywhere in the world. You’re in the safest of hands with Pinnacle when it comes to moving your valuable goods by air.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Freight of all types is usually arranged by freight forwarding companies, like us here at Pinnacle. 

Here’s the process that will need to be taken for you to arrange air freight: 

  • Contact Pinnacle for a quotation based on your requirements.. 

From here on, the Pinnacle  will manage the supply chain to effectively handle your shipment.

  • Pinnacle  will collect your goods. These will either be pre-packaged by the supplier or the forwarder will take on responsibility for the packing, in the case of ‘Export Packing’.
  • Your shipment will be taken to the airport, where it will need to clear customs and be loaded onto the plane.  
  • The shipment will be flown to the pre-arranged airport closest to the destination where it will need to pass through customs again. 
  • The shipment will be released when all duty and taxes have been paid.
  • The goods will be delivered to the destination as per Incote

 Common pricing categories are: 

  • Spot Rate Market – Spot rates are daily rates made available by the carrier. These rates are usually offered because an airline may not be filled to capacity. 

There are also promotional rates, which may be offered up by the carrier to build up specific traffic on certain routes. 

In terms of actually calculating the cost of the shipment, this is done by the ‘chargeable’ weight. This could be either the gross weight or the volumetric weight – whichever is greater. 
 

  • Contract Pricing – Contract rates are provided by carriers for specific flights. As the weight increases, the rates decrease. 

 

  • Tariff Pricing – Tariff rates vary by carrier. 

Carrier specific tariff rates apply for: 

    • Dangerous goods 
    • Oversized cargo 
    • Perishable goods 
    • Valuable goods 
    • Live animals 

Working out the actual weight of your cargo is as simple as weighing it. Working out the volumetric weight is also simple, but requires an equation. 

Here’s the process for finding the chargeable weight of your shipment:

 

  1. Calculate the volume of the air freight shipment. Volume = length x width x height. 
  2. Volumetric weight is calculated at 6000 cubic centimetres per kilogram. Divide the volume (LxWxH) by 6000. 
  3. Convert the weight into kilograms. This is the volumetric weight. 
  4. Compare the volumetric weight with the gross weight of the shipment. The larger of the two numbers will be the weight used to calculate shipping costs.

Usually, sea freight is cheaper than air freight. Sometimes smaller shipments can be cheaper via air than ocean, but for the most part sea freight will cost less. 

However, a lower cost doesn’t necessarily mean that sea freight is the right choice for the shipment. For instance, if the shipment transit time needs to be quick due to the product’s urgency, sensitivity or high value then air freight is a better choice than sea freight. This is especially true as sea freight can be prone to delays.

Other variables to consider when choosing between air and sea freight are: 

  • The risk profile of a product. Air freight is safer and much better for sensitive and high value shipments due to the security levels throughout the supply chain..
  • The cost of goods and capital. If the order value is high, then spending weeks with the shipment bound up in transit could hold up your cash flow.

For a cost comparison, ask your freight forwarder to provide pricing for both air freight and sea freight to ensure that you can make the best choice for your business.

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