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The purpose of this site


Welcome to this short introduction to Air Cargo and Air Mail.  Even though I have been working in or around the air cargo industry for 20 years already, I seldomly have to tell how the air cargo process works from scratch to someone who does not know anything about it yet.  Until there was this new colleague who really needed to understand the process.  Then I found out it is very hard, or almost impossible, to find general information on air cargo basics on the internet, or elsewhere in the poublic domain.  Most information inside cargo companies handles only parts of the process, and is for the largest part aimed at people already working in the air cargo industry.  So apparently I had think this out for myself.


That is why this site has been set up.  The purpose is to provide general information or a framework on the setup of air cargo processes, for people new to the business.  Of course details of the processes will in the end vary per company.
Are you looking for a more general explanation, e.g. for a school, then take a look here at "How Stuff Works" or here at Wikipedia.  A nice video showing the air cargo process from beginning to end can be found here on TeacherTube (elsewhere on my site you will find several videos as well, by the way).


I invite all of you in the industry to contact me for corrections or additions, 
and who are new in the business to question me 
in order to improve the information on this site! 

Perhaps I also have to search for the requested information in my network, but I will certainly process your information.  Let me know what you think about the site or what you are missing!




Site map


On the site you will find the following information (click on the item to go there):




  • OTHER ITEMS AND LINKS can be found in the right-hand column of this website ---->
    • Air Cargo Books
    • Air Cargo Blogs
    • Air Cargo Courses and Training
    • Air Cargo Events
    • Air Cargo Magazines
    • Air Cargo Newsfeeds
    • Air Cargo Shipment Tracking
    • Cargo Aircraft Capacity Specifications & Dimensions
    • Cargo Aircraft Photos
    • Cargo Aircraft Videos

I hope you can find what you are looking for!





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315 comments:

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wers_glaubt said...

hey,

your site is really interesting and very helpful. i'm writting my masters paper at the moment and i really need some academic resources on the subject of the air freight supply chain. are all these informations based on your experience or to you have any good books or journals you could recommend?

cheers

udo

Roland said...

Hi Udo thanks... I'm afraid most of the information, esp. the process set-up, is indeed based on my own experience in the industry over the years, in several jobs and several companies. What information are you looking for / what is the exact subject of your masters? brgds Roland.

Cobelair said...

Hi,

We found your website during our search for agents.
As a freight forwarder specialised in air freight we would like to ask if it is possible to mention our company between the other freight forwarders.
Please check our company website www.cobelair.be

Thanks and best regards

Roland said...

Hi Cobelair no problem ; anyone in the air cargo business who wants their link mentioned free of charge can write me.

Adilah said...

hi.. i'm studying aviation management degree rite now and very interested in logistics.. can i have you as reference for my research? it's just for the assignments as my lecturer wont accept internet resources except from journals, textbooks, etc ( academic resource). however, you are from the industry with years of experience which i think a better reference i can use. i hope u can email me about your career background and work experience in this industry to me at dilaraaz132@gmail.com. thank you for your cooperation.

Anonymous said...

Hi roland... the presentation and material on your site is very comprehensive/useful and well classified..the air cargo process is explained in a holistic manner..

this stuff was very useful to me..

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fahiye said...

Hi Roland
I am thinking of setting up a cargo business can you please give some advice of where to start and how can I hire a container or site where I can keep my goods while iam collecting and how much do you thing it will cost
many thanks

Coriice said...

Hi Roland,
Your Blog is very informative. Thanks!
I am looking to commence business int he air cargo industry.
Hoping to be an agent representative to an air cargo company?
My question: How does an agent make its money in air cargo? The air cargo company has its various fees which are charged to customers. Do I add an extra fee or do I receive some sort of percentage from shipments?

Coriice

Wouter Knee Dock said...

Hey guys, this website looks really well. And, according to the number of page views, there seems to be certainly a demand for sharing information in the market of air cargo.
By the way, for air cargo pilots and for cargo crew working remote/mobile with Apple iPads (tablets) there is nowadays the Knee Dock.
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Best regards, Wouter.

Roland said...

Hi Wouter Knee Dock, thx, and did you know the release of the new Apple products are always good news for the air cargo business as well? Although not always for their other customers... Distribution of the iPad3 over the last few weeks (mainly done by DHL) drove the air cargo prizes from Asia as much as 20% up! See http://www.aircargonews.net/News/Apple-makes-airfreight-prices-pear~shaped.aspx Hope your products can do the same one day :)

Kirsi Tuominen said...

In my own thoughts Air cargo is one of the fastest way of transportation from your country to another and that is air cargo's work.

Anonymous said...

Can anyone tell what kind of short movie is good showing how does cargo really works in the airport???

Paul said...

Hi Roland,

Thanks for the write up... very informative :)

Can I ask, though customs clearance (documentation) usually done by broker or forwarder, which party actually brings the physical cargo for customs inspection at the airport? Will that be Cargo handling agent/operator?

Thanks!

Roland said...

Hi Paul thanks for the positive feedback. Indeed as far as I know the customs inspection at the airport will in most cases take place by customs in the cargo handling agent's warehouse, based on the declared airline manifest or the import or export declaration of the broker or forwarder. Otherwise in any other warehouse or distri centre as long as the goods are still under customs supervision ("bonded warehouse" with sealed road transport from/to the airline's handling agent).

Roland said...

Hi, perhaps this is a good video for you from LAN Cargo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-wXKWNgNMTU

or this video from Hong Kong Air Cargo - Cargo Handling Services: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vY5p4276to

or else perhaps this presentation from Schiphol Airport more focused on the future: http://www.schiphol-smartgate.nl/docs/TOEKOMSTVISIE-SCHIPHOL-ENGELS.pdf

Roland said...

@Coriice Hi Thank you! Well, basically there are two kinds of agents:
(1) the GSA - General Sales Agent earning money by representing the cargo airline and selling the airline's aircraft capacity against a fee or commission, and
(2) the Air Cargo Forwarder earning money by buying capacity from the airline (or its GSA) and reselling this capacity to his/her customers, with a margin and often also with an advantage on the buying side because he/she can consolidate the cargo from several customers and thus avoid the higher basic costs for smaller single shipments, and perhaps even get a volume discount.
If you want to become an agent yourself, I would advise to first gain experience as an employee and perhaps get a basic training then, bcse it can be a tough and complicated business. I will try and make a page about the dynamics of selling and buying air cargo someday.

Roland said...

Hi Fahiye, well that depends on a lot of things. First thing is your current experience in the business. If you have none, you'd probably best start to google "how to start an air cargo business" to gather the first basic issues to solve there. I would then advise to first gain experience as an employee with an existing air cargo forwarder or courier, do the IATA Cargo Agents training and get a certificate, and then decide how to find your local 'niche'. If you have further questions plse send me your e-mail address OK.

Jola said...

Hi Roland, I cannot find your contact information... What is the email address I can use to contact you?

Roland said...

Hi Jola, I sent my direct e-mail address to you some time ago.

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Tong Zhou said...

Hello Roland,

I'm a graduate student who wants to focus on air cargo.
I'm wondering if you have any materials about the priority of perishable cargo. What kind of cargo is necessary to be stored in the temperature-controlled warehouse? Which one should be served first.

Thanks!!!

Roland said...

Hi @TongZhou thx for your response. Temperature controlled cargo are mainly perishables (flowers, vegetables, meat, fish, fruits, etc.) or pharmaceuticals (vaccines, medical drugs, serums, plasma, etc.). Processes are described in the IATA Perishable Cargo Regulation (PCR). Storage time in a temperature controlled warehouse (if needed) depends on the connection time of the cargo at the airport and the insulation equipment used. Priority of the shipments will naturally be high esp. in comparison to general cargo, but of course this priority as well as the equipment and infrastructure needed must be paid for. Packing and labelling of these shipments are prescribed, and shipment temperature will be monitored. If you google e.g. "air cargo cold chain" or "air cargo cold chain priority" you will find quite some information... I hope this answer will do for here.

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Hi Roland,

I can't find the words to describe how many quality information you have provided here. I've been looking for a while all over the internet to find more information on AirMail and nothing useful to find. :(

I know you are probably busy and don't have much of a free time, but if you can please contact me on my email to ask few more questions regarding Air cargo.

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Vietiniai kroviniu pervezimai said...

But air cargo is just one of the ways to do transportation. When could we see other posts for example about water cargo or smth like that...?

Roland said...

Haha Vietiniai kroviniu pervezimai good idea indeed but that's a bit out of my league I'm afraid....

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sucharita shetty said...

Hi
I'v completed my IATA/FIATA introductory course with 1year working experience in cargo company.. inthe year 2005..
It's a long gap since then..I had to taken a break to raise my kids since then..can I start fresh..holding the past degree..or do I have to do some carrier related courses..

Roland said...

Hi Sucharita, it's bit hard to say 'from a distance', and it depends on the kind kind of job you're looking for of course, but the introductory course with one year experience looks like a good start to seacrh for a new job still... try to get an invitation or connection at a company you would like to work for, and see what they say about it. Basically not too much has changed in the industry processes since 2005 except for the more extensive use of e-freight and Cargo2000 (see my pages about this).

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Soncy Abraham said...

Hi Rolland,
your site is really interesting and very helpful.
I cannot find your contact information... What is the email address I can use to contact you?
Regards
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Hi,
I would like ask you question about new acas processes coming in US and EU.
Will you please share more info on that
Regards
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Kate Doig said...

How do you start in this line of work? I'm 33 and can't afford an apprentice wage of £6,000 a year. Any information would be grateful.

Anonymous said...

Hi, what kind of cargo planes use prop engines as opposed to the jet engine option today?

Roland said...

Hi well to name a few prop engined cargo aircraft (depending on required payload & dimensions of course): Airbus A400M, Lockheed Martin "Hercules" C130J, Antonov An-32, EADS CASA C-295, Alenia C-27J "Spartan", de Havilland Canada DHC-4 "Caribou", Fokker F27-400/700 etc. ; and of course some older still flying types like the Douglas DC-3, DC-6 etc....

Roland said...

Hi Nicholas, tried to e-mail you several times but can't seem to reach you sorry...

Roland said...

Hi Kate, well an apprentice wage wouldn't seem necessary i guess... Like I answered Sucharita (see above): it's bit hard to say 'from a distance', and it depends on your experience / resume and the kind kind of job you're looking for of course. I think it's best to try and get an invitation or connection at a company you would like to work for, and see what they say about it ; perhaps via one of the air cargo groups at LinkedIn. And you can try an introductory course. Plse let me know if you need more information...

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Roland said...

Hi Air Freight Philippines, thank you and yes, making it into a real downloadable e-book would be a good idea - i will work on that!

Roland said...

Well Kokobee, thank you for these nice words :)

Roland said...

Soncy & others, plse see the following two sites for this ACAS subject:
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Minhnn said...

Hi,
Your site is very helpful and comprehensive. Thanks for sharing!

Could you please tell more about the role of cargo airlines in the aircargo supply chain? I.e. what exactly do they do and how important they are?
Many thanks!

Roland said...

Hi Minhnn, well basically the cargo airline's role in the supply chain is the same as the normal (passenger based) airlines, as mentioned elsewhere on this site. The difference is of course that a full cargo airline will fly with full freighters only, and therefor will also be able to handle bigger volumes and bigger pieces of cargo on the routes they fly. Besides that, you will find they fly partly (or completely) different routes than the passenger based airlines, because their network decisions are purely based on cargo revenues, and do not have to consider the passengers needs or revenues...

Anonymous said...

Nowadays, how should I expect to pay for airlines themselves, er kg, i.e. from london to beijing for 100kg

Roland said...

Hi, Airfreight rates of airlines are usually structured as a Fixed fee (covering basic costs for shipment handling) + a Variable fee (e.g. priced as a minimum + per kg fee, or in weight-breaks, with a maximum for heavy weights). Several surcharges can/will occur e.g. for fuel, security, etc. Often these rates structures will be reflected in the pricing of your forwarder ; the forwarder can often negotiate better rates because they consolidate volumes, and of course they add value (at separate charges) by taking care of your shipments for you. Plse also check the page “Forwarding Out” for further information and I will try and make a separate page for air cargo pricing…

Roland said...

Addition from FreightFox.com: Airfreight rates are expressed as a price per kilo which is the equivalent of 2.2 lbs. The higher the weight the lower the rate per kilo. All rates are published in the IATA (International Air Transport Association) publication TACT (The Air Cargo Tariff) and are quoted therein in the selling currency of the airport of departure.

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Hi,

My company is currently an ocean freight forwarder and now we want to expand our company and become an air cargo carrier as well. Can you or do you know anyone that can guide us through to the process? Is there somewhere on your website that provides a detailed list of things my company needs to complete before being an air cargo forwarder? Your help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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Hi Annie, yes of course, the processes are mapped on the process pages (http://air-cargo-how-it-works.blogspot.nl/ ; or go to the upper right of this page > GO TO... > Air cargo process pages). Even if I would know it all, it's a bit hard to tell you here what would be needed to start an air freight office. If I were in your place I would start taking an IATA course (alone or with a colleague) to become a licensed air cargo agent, or else hire one or two licensed employees to help you start. And also start checking out your local market requirements like licences needed etc....

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Hi Amelia, from an air cargo point of view I would start checking out the IATA courses for agents, on the right hand column of this website... ---->
Does that help?

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Hi,Actually i applied for iunior executive(cargo) in aai..if u have any information about the material kindly send to my id..OR i want the information in the below topic if u have the details send to me or where can i get from the site.

1.AAI Act 1994
2. Customs Act 1962
3. Concept of e-Commerce and its benefits.
4. Cargo Terminology (viz. Bulk Cargo, Demurrage Charges, Freighter, Wet Cargo etc)
 Abbreviations (FOB, AS&RS, BAR, APEDA, CHA, NVD etc.)
 Airlines code (Alphabetical / Numerical codes)
 Currency codes (e.g. INR, USD)
 City codes (e.g. DEL, MAA, NYC etc.)
5. Benefits & future of Air Cargo
6. Role of
 Clearing & Forwarding Agents (C&F)
 Air Cargo Agents Association of India (ACAAI)
 International Federation of Freight Forwarders Association (FIATA)
 Federation of Freight Forwarders Association of India (FFFAI)
7. Role of Regulatory Bodies in India (Exports Promoting Agencies)
 Ministry of Commerce (MOC)
 Export Import Bank of India (EXIM)
 Export Credit & Guarantee Corporation of India (ECGC)
 Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT)
 Federation of Indian Export Organisation (FIEO)
8 Role of Govt. Regulatory Agencies in India
 Customs Authorities (CBEC)
 Assistant Drug Controller (ADC)
 Plant Quarantine (PQ)
 Animal Quarantine (AQ)
 Textile Committee (TC)
 Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC)
9 Major International & Domestic Airports of India
10 Cargo Handling Equipments
 Transportation Equipments (Dolly, Tractor, Hydraulic-Pallets, Power Pallet etc.)
 Weighing equipments (Weigh Bridge, Weighing scale etc.)
 Material handling equipments (ETV, Fork Lifts, Scissor Lifts, Two/Four wheel trolley, Lazy Bed Roller for ULDs, Cargo offloading ramp, X-ray machine, AS&RS etc.)
11 Role of facilitating agencies at Cargo Terminals
 Airlines
 Banks
 Airport Health Office (APHO)
 Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS)
 Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)
 Transit Mail Office (TMO)
 Customs House Agents (CHA)
12 Functions of Special Economic Zone (SEZ) / Export Promotion Zone (EPZ).

sakthi said...

Hello Bro,I applied for junior executive(cargo),where can i get the information about cargo process and roles of inside cargo..From where can i start to study,, If you have kindly send to my id..

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Hi. I would like to know if you have any idea about the terms of credit of cargo companies to consignees. It's my first time to do business and receive products abroad and my partner said there are credit terms that cargo companies offer. Please help me. thanks

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Hi. I would like to know if you have any idea about the credit terms of cargo companies. It's my first time to do business abroad and I do not have any single idea about this. Please help me. Thanks.

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Shikher Singh said...

Hello Ronald Sir,
Can you provide information regarding career as a cargo agent in cargo airlines like Luftansa etc.I have done a course i.e IATA FIATA Cargo Management from india and would like to gain information regarding gowth in designation,wages(average initial and final),working hours etc.Please answer ASAP.I will be waiting for your reply sir ! Thank you

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Roland Spijker said...

Hi Jeeva, lots of possibilities, take a look here for example: http://www.aircargonews.net/jobs.html

Roland Spijker said...

Hi Shikher take a look here for Airline Cargo Salaries, Wages & Pay indication: http://www.avjobs.com/salaries-wages-pay/cargo-pay.asp

Roland Spijker said...

Hi Sakthi, plse check out this page of IATA for Cargo related training and courses:
https://www.iata.org/training/courses/Pages/index.aspx#&&D4=0&D1=4&D5=0&D2=0&D3=0&Text=cargo
And also this page: http://www.iitc.in/iata-fiata-international-cargo.html
I guess the IATA-FIATA International Cargo Agents Training Programme is probably the best start...

Roland Spijker said...

Sakthi, also check out the Cargo Training & Courses overview in the right hand column of this page -->

Roland Spijker said...

Hi Nina, if you google "credit terms in air cargo" you can get lots of examples how air cargo companies deal with this. Hope this will do for now, Thx brgds R.

Roland Spijker said...

Hi Sakthi, thanks for your question, that's quite a lot of information you're asking here :) Actually, part of it you can find on my pages:

BLOG PAGES
The Air Cargo process:
- Introduction
- Shipping
- Forwarding out
- Air Transport
- Air Transport 2 - one step deeper into the process
- Forwarding in
- Consignment
Cargo 2000 (C2K) air cargo Quality System
e-Freight electronic air cargo documents
The Air Mail chain

ADDITIONAL PAGES
Air Cargo Interest Organisations
Air Cargo Glossary, Terms, Abbreviations, Codes
Air Cargo Law, Claims, Complaints, Insurance
Visions on the Future of Air Cargo or Air Freight and Air Mail
Find Your Air Cargo Partner
Air Cargo Facts & Figures
The History of Air Cargo or Air Freight and Air Mail

You can find the links on my start page:
http://air-cargo-how-it-works.blogspot.nl/p/start-page.html
and on the pages you will find further links, e.g. to interest organisations etc.

For the rest you will have to do some searching with google, but I am sure you will eventually find a large part of the information requested there...

You can always ask me if you have some specific questions about subjects, I will try to answer then okay...

Good luck brgds Roland

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OK done, see the page "Find your air cargo partner"

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Hi Edward, thanks for your reaction. At the IATA class they will tell you exactly how you can select and approach airlines on the routes between the countries and/or stations e.g. between Dallas, Texas, USA and Accra, Ghana. Once you know the airline, as a forwarder you can approach their local sales rep / gsa at the station and request rates. The more volume and the more regular your cargo offering, the better the rates will be you can negotiate...

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