Shipping via Airfreight

Many customers that Abels relocate need specific items quickly.  This is especially pertinent for the destinations that have longer port to port sailing times
Australia                          30 – 50 days
New Zealand                   35 – 52 days
West Coast America    23 – 30 days
And so for some customers airfreight is the only option.

Why Airfreight?
Airline flight allowances are often not sufficient and so many customers prefer to send additional clothing, children’s toys, baby’s cot, office equipment / paperwork etc which are needed urgently.  Please understand that airfreight is cost efficient for smaller volumes, sending very large consignments can become expensive.

Transit Times
You must still allow up to 2 weeks for this transit time from collection to delivery as only certain airlines will allow commercial cargo within the hold of the planes and owing to the need for a thorough Customs clearance in the UK and at destination.  (If the consignment is pulled by destination customs this period can be longer.)

Security Requirements
Airfreight must be professionally packed for security clearance (no owner packed items are permitted), no aerosols, liquids, ammunition, please also refer to Abels – Unaccompanied Baggage regulations for further guidance.  The consignment will be X-ray scanned in the UK before loading into the Air-Igloos and on receipt at destination.  Should any restricted item be noticed the shipment can be returned or opened and inspected and fines levied.

Volumetric Weight
Please understand that the airlines will charge on either the weight or the size, whichever is the greater (you can imagine a tonne of feathers being very large but a tonne of lead being relatively small).  Roughly speaking two medium suitcase sized cartons would have an airline chargeable weight of approximately 40 kilograms (unless the actual weight of the cartons was greater)

Please discuss any needs with your Abels Customer Liaison who will be happy to assist.

Packing Services

Abels Packed Cartons - Ready For Modulising into an Airfreight Module

Picture 1 – your possessions are packed into robust Abels cartons

 

 

 

 

Cartons Are Placed into Protective Tri-Wall Outer Module With Pallet Base

Picture 2 – cartons are then placed into a tri-wall outer air-module which has a pallet base to keep all packages together and protected.  The pallet base is important to allow the airline to move the case easily (and avoid mis-handling)

 

 

 

Cartons are within the Module.  The Module Has Been Waterproof Wrapped & Security Banded to the Pallet Base

Cartons are within the Module. The Module Has Been Waterproof Wrapped & Security Banded to the Pallet Base

Picture 3 – the module is then over-wrapped in waterproof bubble, security banded to the pallet and taped.  Customers name / destination and reference is listed on the outer for easy reference and logging.

 

 

 

 

 

Airfreight is modulised and outer protected by skeletal wooden frame

Airfreight is modulised and outer protected by skeletal wooden frame

Picture 4 – for added protection a wooden frame or crate can be incorporated if desired, although not normally necessary.  This will add greater transit protection for very fragile items.   However will add considerably to the weight – and airfreight is charged on the volume or weight whichever greater (so will add to the cost).

 

 

 

 

Large Airfreight Module - Top open with packing cartons on view - before its sealed and waterproofedPicture 5 – a double airfreight module for the larger consignments.

 

 

 

Multiple airfreight modules - larger shipments can always be accommodated where goods are urgently required

Multiple airfreight modules – larger shipments can always be accommodated where goods are urgently required

Picture 6  – larger volumes can be shipped.  We have shipped full households / cars overseas by airfreight should the need arise this is certainly possible.