Air freight is the transportation of products and other goods to their destination by an air carrier. It includes commercial or privately-chartered airplanes that are wholly or partially dedicated to the movement of cargo.
Air freight is usually more expensive than sea or ground transportation, but there are distinct advantages along with the increase in cost.
With 3,200 airports and 60,000 trade lines around the globe, air freight is the premier option for landlocked destinations. But geography only explains a small part of air freight’s appeal.
If measured by goods’ volume, airplanes move less than one percent of the world’s trade yearly. However, if you measure the goods by the dollar value of what’s being transported, airplanes transport 35 percent of the world’s trade—a whopping $5 trillion a year—while 80% of cross-border e-commerce sales are shipped by air.
That says a lot about air freight. More than location, it’s about the types of goods being transported and the shipper’s need for transporting them.
If the value of your goods is predicated on getting them to the destination quickly and securely, there’s no comparison.
When it comes to speed, security, and reliability, air freight wins.