All You Need to Know About Cargo
Out of all the available shipping methods out there, air transport is the most reliable and the fastest means for transportation. The only time the air cargo industry took a hit was during the pandemic time, with a reduced number of operating cargo flights. But now the air cargo route is back to full power and people and companies all over the world have started transporting their materials all over the globe.
Things to keep in mind when signing up for Air Cargo Services
1. Writing down the requirements
The first step is always analyzing the product you want to send by air cargo. Is it a product that can pose danger at high altitudes and pressure? How much does it weigh, the dimensions and everything. The next step is to find a reputable logistics service provider with multiple layers of transportation, as the cargo has to be moved from the initial location to the airport and there will be multiple loading and unloading. The cargo has to be inspected and packed at multiple layers.
2. Transportation and Docking
Once the first step is over, comes the transportation and the docking phase. The logistics company will arrive with the proper truck, needed tools, and manpower to load the cargo to the truck. Sign the document that is presented to you by the logistic company staff and before handing over the cargo have a final check and make sure it is not damaged while handing over. Go over the insurance policies of the company to know what their plan of action will be in case of the worst-case scenario. Ask the service provider how they are going to provide the tracking information, most probable they will provide the tracking information via online.
3. Preparing the loaded cargo for flight
Once the cargo has reached the airport, it is put through a customary customs and security clearance to make sure, there are no illegal and dangerous products that are being smuggled offshore. They are put through industry-grade X-ray machines to check for suspicious objects. Once the cargo successfully passes the screening procedure, comes the loading stage. The cargo is loaded into ULD, a unit load device, which is a combination of carriers that houses the cargo in nets and safety harnesses to make sure that it won’t move around during the landing and take-off and be a health hazard.
4. Unloading Process
Once the cargo has arrived at the final destination, it is unloaded from the aircraft by a specially trained ground crew and is put through a security clearance once again before moving into the warehouse. Once the security clearance is done, the barcode is scanned and the cargo owner would be notified that the courier has reached its final destination.
5. Final Check before Collection
The cargo owner or a representative has to arrive at the warehouse and make sure that the cargo is in the same physical condition as it was before delivery, and there are no damages. Once the check is done, sign the final delivery papers so that the service provider can drop off the cargo at the final checkpoint.
Make sure that the cargo you are trying to transport is of legal weight and dimension, that there is no illegal activity involved as it can trouble the logistics service provider also. Once the cargo has reached the final destination take a look at it and if everything is ok, sign off the final delivery slip and the cargo will reach the final pitstop. The journey of the cargo is not a one-step flight journey, there will be multiple loading and unloading through the journey which will be updated on a timely basis by the service provider.