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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
Picture 1 – your possessions are packed into robust Abels cartons
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)
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.
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).
Picture 6 – larger volumes can be shipped. We have shipped full households / cars overseas by airfreight should the need arise this is certainly possible.