Most news about the global economy contains references to the growth of the worldwide shipping industry. As with every sector that operates on such a large scale, shipping by air has had high points and low points over the past few years. Nonetheless, there is always significant demand for the services of experienced and efficient shippers.
One industry watcher notes that April 2016 was an unusually promising one for air cargo shippers, with demand particularly increasing for service from European starting points. Some locations along the U.S. coastline held up progress due to labour problems and resulting work slowdowns, but the positive trend was encouraging for those who are working in the air freight field.
Some of the recent trends identified by those who follow the industry are:
- Technology – the internet “cloud” is increasingly used for freight logistics
- Robotics and Automation – when and by how much will this increase efficiency
- Big Data – large datasets that are simply too complex for previous applications
- On Demand Delivery – a trend on the social/business side of the ledger
Air Cargo News
Time-saving is the clearest benefit of shipping by air. This fast delivery is often offset by the extra costs of moving guides on a trans-ocean plane. However, as the economy is expanding to encompass the entire planet, components are often produced thousands of miles from their final assembly destination. Therefore, it makes business sense to use a distant supplier when the per-unit cost is enough lower to justify it.
Leading providers of air-shipping services have put together a network of routes and transportation providers that are ready, on almost a moment’s notice, to start working for you. Services are wide-ranging: from the initial pick-up, through ground transportation, temporary storage, loading, tracking, and final delivery. Suppliers with extensive experience in the industry can assist with national and international regulations, customs, taxes, and fees.
Booking Around the Clock
The global economy never sleeps, and suppliers have prepared themselves to tackle new projects twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. With destinations in the United States, Australia, Europe, South America, Japan, and many other locations, these companies are prepared to pick up and deliver quickly while still offering competitive rates.
In addition to competitive rates, these companies offer quick transit times, door-to-door delivery with complete tracking services, and delivery in a matter of days, depending on location and applicable regulations. If you are looking for shipping service via airline, you would be prudent to select a company with at least a decade of experience in the field.
In addition, you’ll want to find out in advance whether the provider is prepared to work with goods on pallets as well as those that don’t need to be on pallets. Also be ready to ask about size, shape, and weight. For some of the true full-service suppliers, no item is too small and no item is too large. In addition, their forward-looking policies enable clients to ship both small and large items safely and efficiently.