Nothing gets your products to where they need to go faster than air freight services. At speeds in excess of 500 mph, the entire world is within your grasp in a matter of hours. While ocean shipping is a great way to send large, bulky items. Air freight shipping is ideal for smaller volume, lighter weight loads. Encompass shipping excels in this category as well. Also it is committed to providing economical air freight services and first-rate customer service.
As with the competitive ocean shipping capabilities, encompass shipping’s standard international shipping is a major advantage. By working with some of the world’s largest commercial air carriers’ shipments reach their destinations in about 3-10 days versus up to 40 days for ocean shipping.
One of the ways the company help get your products out to where they need to be is by sorting your freight into one of two categories:-
- General Cargo
- Special Cargo
General cargo include:-
Electronic, jewellery, wristwatches, pharmaceuticals, etc. All of these products must arrive in perfect condition in order for them to be safe, work properly while avoiding scratches or dents.
Special cargo includes:-
Dangerous goods or those requiring temperature control, living animals, certain chemicals and certain types of frozen seafood. Perishable items are also considered special cargo.
The global shipping has become a matter of hours now. Multiple routes, multiple airlines, multiple carriers, everything is evolving, trying to provide the best for customers. Not only on land, but the services has evolved for space also.
The airfreight industry added a new route in May 2012:- from earth to space. The unmanned, privately owned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket’s nine-day trip delivered a payload of 1,300 pounds of food, clothing, and scientific cargo to the space station—potentially the first of many commercial cargo transports into space. Closer to home, the outlook for the airfreight industry is mixed. Bright spots such as the rise of e-commerce—which frequently involves expedited shipments. Combine with a still-faltering economy, increasingly onerous security requirements, and high fuel costs.
Overall, airfreight traffic declined about one percent from 2010 to 2011, according to Air Cargo Management Group (ACMG), and annual growth averaged just 2.6 percent from 2001 through 2011—less than half the historic rate.
The news, however, is not all bad. In 2011, international express shipment volumes grew 3.6 percent, reaching 2.3 million daily shipments. And in 2012 to date, the total airfreight market has grown four percent, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), with Middle Eastern airlines leading the pack. Demand has picked up for Asia-to-United States air freight, and anticipated tech product launches could drive volume increases in the second half of 2012. Air freight cargo traffic between the United States and South America has also been heavy. While air freight cargo carriers face challenges, they also can seize opportunities. Developing markets are a particularly bright spot. As labor rates rise in coastal China, many manufacturers are shifting production to the country’s inland regions, Asian countries west of China, Africa, and South America, particularly Brazil. Interest is also growing in Russia.
Airfreight carriers are responding with new routes and services to these developing locations. Lufthansa, for example, operates a cool pharmaceutical hub in India to accommodate Parma shippers.
The outlook for domestic air freight cargo traffic is a mixed bag. North American carriers showed a 6.4-percent drop in demand with a 2.9-percent cut in capacity in April 2012, compared to April 2011, according to IATA. But growing U.S. consumer and business confidence has many experts optimistic about the balance of 2012.
For largely domestic air freight cargo carrier Southwest Airlines, 2012 is far surpassing the past few years, with stable vertical markets such as life sciences, pharmaceuticals, and diagnostic specimens. As well as the more volatile electronics, retail, and automotive industries—all doing well.
The airline is poised to introduce a GPS solution that enables shippers to track the location and condition of high-value, time-critical, or other important shipments. Air freight cargo users such as Quick International Courier, a Southwest customer, view GPS as adding even more visibility to a supply chain that has already benefitted from technology’s ability to transact and track shipments. For example, a package’s temperature and integrity will be able to ensure by life sciences customers.
“We’ve always had to give up control at some point,” says Robert Mitzman, president and CEO of Quick International Courier. “Eventually, we will have visibility into a shipment’s entire trip.”
In the expedited domestic market, shippers and forwarders have faced capacity constraints in the past year. “We’re holding our own; supply is meeting demand,” says lively. But issues such as rising fuel costs, shrinking capacity, increasing regulations, and customers accepting longer transit times in exchange for lower costs concern him. “The long-term direction of the domestic airfreight market is uncertain,” he adds.