Airport Security Rules – Indonesia Faces Criticism

Airport Security Rules In Indonesia Amended

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Recently, Indonesia’s minister for Transport, Mr Ignasius Jonan signed an air cargo and supply chain safety regulation and figuratively stirred up a hornet’s nest. The irritation was felt almost globally. It has made the Indonesian industry feel uneasy. The freight forwarding companies are nervous. The financial problems that the decision causes are not very insignificant. The airport security rules are not the only ones to be changes.

The amendment brings a few changes into the world of freight, and especially into the air cargo branch of economy. One of the amendments is the raising of the minimum capital for logistics companies. The earlier amount of 200 million IDR has now been raised 20 25 billion IDR (EUR 1.78 Million/USD 1.93 Million), This has obviously stirred the anger of the Indonesian Logistics and Forwarders Association (ALFI). The association has threatened to pull the government into court and challenge the regulation.

The amendment foresees the change of air port security rules that are related to the regulated agent system (RA). The regulated agents will need to, as per the new rules, inspect the cargo in the unrestricted area (called LINE 2) . The freight will be move to the secure area (LINE 1) only after this inspection. This will increase the processing time for air cargo, which should, in fact, be handled fast. The new airport security rules is not going to help the economy, if the above mentioned fears are to come true

The difficulty is that most of the regulated agents do not have screening machines, as the investment is quite high. Once the freight is move to the secure area (LINE 2), the screening has to be done again, as there is the danger of the freight being manipulated during the transit. This will cause not only increase in investment but also the time used for  handling. More staff need to be inducted and more money invested in screening machines. In addition to these expenditures the logistics companies have to increase their minimum capital.

The implementation of the new airport security rules will, if carried through, cause many medium level companies to lose business. the Jakarta Post reports that the minister has talked to the ALFI chairman, Mr Hanafi. As per the newspaper the ALFI is reported to have agreed to provide recommendations to companies that have a capital  of less than 25 million IDR. Putting the changes into practice itself will need a lot of time and the International Air transport Authority (IATA)  has criticised the move. It has also requested Indonesia to have a transition period of one year for the smooth shift to the new rules. IATA also criticised that Indonesia will not prove to be competitive if the new rules are implemented. As per Mr Albert Tjoeng, the director for IATA Asia-Pacific, this will go against the economic growth of the country.

The Ivory Trade – Air Cargo

The Ivory Trade – Ivory Trafficking

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Man’s greed for the exotic and the beautiful has led to terrible attacks on the natural bounty. Ivory has been a fascination for thousands of years,  but modern man has been active in systematically destroying nature. The ivory trade has  reduced the international elephant population.
the ivory trade
In 1979 there were an estimated 1.3 million African elephants. A decade later, widespread poaching
had reduced that figure by more than half. Just 600,000 African elephants remained. — Bloody Ivory Org
There was a time, when piano keys were made from ivory but in the 70s the piano industry abandoned the practice. Africa and Asia were the two largest areas on our planet, where this trade flourished and even today, it is continuing. Although organisations have come up to protect the elephants, the mindless poaching and trading continues. The photo below shows a shocking example of what man can do.
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Hong Kong government ‘aiding and abetting’ illegal ivory trade, say 50 wildlife groups. Courtesy www.scmp.com
China has been accused of playing a major role in illegal ivory trade.  The booming e-commerce  has given birth to many websites offering illegal products in this category. The British organisation  TRAFFIC highlighted this in their report.  According the report more than half of the illegal products offered consist of ivory items . The organisation has also reported a trebling of the number of ivory items for sale in Thailand. TRAFFIC has been monitoring the ivory trade there.

The number of worked ivory products found for sale rose from 5,865 in January 2013 to 14,512 by May this year,
while between January and December 2013, the number of ivory retail outlets rose from 61 to 105.  TRAFFIC Report 2014

 The World Wild Life Fund is one of the major organisations working to protect and conserve animals the world over. It has been active in Thailand, working to awaken public opinion against the ivory trade.

The most recent development in the campaign against the ivory trade is the announcement by Thai Airways International to fight this evil, by co-operating closely with the Thai customs authority. A welcome development in the international fight against the evil of ivory trade.

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Air Cargo e-IFM and e-CCM Philippines

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Air Cargo eManifest Mandatory

Attention all Air Cargo Freight Forwarders.. If you are flying consolidated freight into Philippines, you are required to file two documents in advance:
Mandatory with effect from 11. May 2015. The rule comes into force vide Customs Memorandum Order 10-2015 issued by John Phillip P. Sevilla, Customs Commissioner

  1. e-IFM (electronic Inward Foreign Manifest)
  2. e-CCM (electronic Consolidation Cargo Manifest)

The rule has been brought into force by The Bureau of Customs and has been passed to take effect from the 11. May 2015 and any freight that arrives unmanifested will be subject to forfeiture under Section 2530 (F) of the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines

Content And Applicability

The e-IFM should contain the list of the House Air Waybills (HAWB) and Master Airway Bills  of the air cargo arriving on a flight. All the data of the air cargo covered by the Master Airway Bills (MAWB) will be contained in the e-CCM

Every MAWB covering air cargo consigned to airlines,  air cargo forwarders, air express operators and cargo deconsolidators is subject to the above mentioned rule and an e-CCM is to be filed without delay.

Deadlines

If the airport of departure is in Asia the deadline is the upon arrival of the aircraft at the airport.  For all the flights departing from abroad (non-Asian countries) the deadline is four hours before landing.

If the e-IFM has been filed on time the e-CCM may be filed one hour after the arrival of the flight. For e-IFMs that have been filed late,  the corresponding e-CCM may be submitted within 24 hours of the e-IFM registration, in order to avoid penalty.

Penalty For Late Submission

Any late submission of e-IFM will invite a mandatory penalty of 10,000PHP (approximately 211EUR or 224USD). As mentioned above, any air cargo arriving unmanifested will be subject to forfeiture under Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines (applicable section 2530(G) )

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Air Cargo : Organisation Is The Key

Introduction

Fast, efficient and expensive are the three terms that qualify the phrase air cargo. The last word is the first one that comes to mind, but delays in a business can cause loss of revenue and loss of business. Meticulous organisation will save time, money, energy and efforts.

Timing : A Vital Factor In Air Cargo

Take into account manufacturing delay. How much time will be required to produce the ordered goods, or how long would you have to wait for getting the goods delivered by your vendor. Consider possible delays such as holidays.

 

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Packaging

Always remember the using wood in packaging (and that involves dunnage) will mean more points to be checked. The wood should be IPPC certified, the logo has to be visible on the outside.

Cartons should be strong enough to withstand handling procedures. Contents should be packaged in such a way as to avoid wobbling. Any movement of the content means there is s risk of damage..

Packages loaded atop pallets should be within the inner area of the pallet. Overhang (cartons occupying an area bigger than the carrier pallet) is a potential risk (damage due to freight adjustments). Overhang also causes increase in volume (freight occupies more room).

If pallets are used for carrying the package, the former should have a strip of wood on which the chocks (the “feet”) of the pallet rest. This will help to distribute the weight of the consignment equally (floor load tolerance limit)

If  you think that the consignment might suffer damage , when weight is loaded on top, attach a label NO TOP LOAD or NOT STACKABLE to on the top side of the package.

Identification

Air cargo warehouses and freight forwarders handle innumerable consignments in a day. Human beings are prone to error and measures to prevent mistakes being made is a pertinent point. Shipper and consignee details are to attached, as far as possible, to the same side of the freight.

Special handling labels  such as FRAGILE, DO NOT THROW, DO NOT DROP are to be attached to more than one side.

Documents

Dangerous goods : Double check the Shipper’s Declaration for typing errors! Similarly check the packages: UN Number, technical name, quantity etc.

Have you checked with your consignee on the documents he needs for clearing the consignment through customs?

Do you have all the required documents? Have you checked the number of copies (at least 3 copies each of invoices and packing lists)

Clear electronic copies of all your documents on hand?

Air cargo being a fast mode transport, the documents are to be transferred to the consignee/freight forwarder using email or FTP.

 

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Contact Details

Email addresses, telephone numbers (alternate telephone numbers), fax numbers, mobile numbers are to be collected and listed

Contact details to be mentioned on your SLI (Shipper’s Letter of Instructions).

Freight Forwarder

Freight forwarder to be advised preferable one day in advance

Time window  to be provided. Freight forwarders need  enough time to pick up the consignment (delays can occur due to various reasons)

Keep the information line open!  Communication is vital to air cargo.

Co-ordination

Inform the consignee of

the flight details

the pick up, when done

the documents handed over to the freight forwarder

Availability

Your freight forwarder may have questions that come up due to customs inspection. Be available to avoid any delay. Only you can answer the questions that are about the contents of the package.

Track and Trace

Almost all the air freight consignments can be tracked via the internet. Every major airline has a tracking possibility made available on their websites.  Ask your freight forwarder to inform you. A simple search in a search engine using the words ” <name of airline> cargo track and trace” will give you the link. Air cargo without a track and trace possibility is unthinkable in today’s freight forwarding world

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References to Air Cargo

 

Cargo aircraft – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Air Freight Export – Your First Consignment

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Your First Air Freight Export

You have just acquired an order and it is to be you first air freight export. You are not sure about the procedures to be followed. You wish to keep the business expanding and the customer satisfied. All you need to do is to go through a systematic preparation and implementation. Read more on the excellent blog Air Cargo – How It Works: Forwarding out.

First Things First: Information Needed For Air Freight Export

You have the contact details for correspondence: Names, email addresses, telephone and fax numbers, name of the department etc. Keep a note of the deadline for shipping. Look up the holidays in the country of the consignee. If consignments stay in the customs warehouse due to holidays demurrage charges will arise! Don’t let your first air freight export give you unpleasant surprises.

Incoterms

Use the incoterms in the correct way, so that the freight forwarder does not have to call you and check. Time is precious

EXW, named place

FCA, named place

DAP, named place. Additional information: excluding customs clearance (if you are not paying that)

Insurance

Do you wish to have insurance cover executed by the freight forwarder? If you do, you “must” inform the freight forwarder in writing.

Documentation

  • Commercial invoices showing the details of the items very clearly. Please include the HS Code (also called HTS code)  8 digits
  • Packing list. In some countries it is mandatory. It must include clear and detailed information about the items sold
  • Minimum of 3 copies of the commercial invoices, all of them preferably carrying your signature (as far as possible use blue ink)
  1. Is a certificate of origin required?
  2. If you in Europe and are shipping to Turkey, you need an ATR
  3. If you are shipping to India, you need a Country of Origin Certificate
  4. If you are shipping to China and there is no wood used in packaging you need to include a Non-Wood Packing Declaration
  5. In certain countries the term “pro forma” on the invoice will create difficulties for customs clearance.
  6. Some countries need  a Legalised Invoice
  7. If you are shipping to Brazil, the consignee’s tax registration number is needed in the address and is mandatory on the air way bill.

For points 1 to 6, write to your customer and get a list of documents needed. Always keep good digital copies read with you. Mail the documents in advance to the consignee.

If you are shipping dangerous goods, please let the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) go with the consignment. Check the documents and the consignment before despatching the SLI (Shipper’s Letter of Instructions). If any mistake is found dangerous goods recheck fee can be high!

Packaging For Air Freight

For wooden packaging use only  treated wood! ISPM emblem must be visible!

Avoid overhang if using pallets. Consignment on pallets must occupy the space within the pallet.

No wobbly contents! Secure the content with dunnage.

The pieces must carry details of the shipper and the consignee

No slits or openings permitted in air freight! All slits to be sealed

If the contents may not be x-rayed, please mention this on the top surface. Additionally mention it in your SLI

Any special labels needed? FRAGILE, DO NOT THROW etc.

Freight Forwarder

If your consignee is paying for the freight, he will decide the freight forwarder

Your freight forwarder will need a time window for picking up the freight. Send them the SLI  as early as possible.

Freight forwarders prefer to receive the documents by email.

The Shipper’s Letter of Instruction is a binding contract between you and the freight forwarder

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References for air freight

Air cargo – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Air cargo is any property carried or to be carried in an aircraft. Air cargo comprises air freight, air express and airmail. Contents. [hide]. 1 Aircraft types; 2 History.

Air cargo tracking – track-trace

The air cargo tracking page lets you track air cargo for 177 airlines. A track-trace service.

Air Cargo Service | Air Freight Shipping & Air Cargo Transport | AA …

American Airlines offers air cargo service on virtually every flight we operate to destinations around the globe. Visit aa.com to learn more.

Air Freight : Large Machinery

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Introduction

Exporting a large machine (technically known as heavy engineering goods) by air freight is not an impossible task. However, the shipper (also known as consignor) will be at an advantage, if  preparations have been made in advance, especially those abroad.

Keep It Simple

Air freight is expensive  but fast and effective. Optimise the planning to save time and avoid confusion. Prioritise the tasks and draw up a list of work to be done. Below is a list of items, which is, however, not complete but helpful.

Timing

Timing is the key to almost everything, when it comes to air freight.

Coordination Abroad

Assign an employee to co-ordinate with the consignee about

  • arranging brokerage
  • If exporting to the US: Bond (continuous bond available? If not, arrange for a Single Entry Bond
  • Equipment needed for receiving goods : heavy-duty forklift needed? Is a ramp available? Opening times.
  • Contact persons: names, telephone numbers (arrange for alternative numbers), email, fax, hotline etc

Co-ordination  Local

  • Commercial invoices (at least three copies. Please add an extra copy for the freight forwarder)
  • Packing lists
  • Customs documentation (local)
  • Any special documentation required for the country importing your goods? (Certificate of Conformity, Country of Origin, Legalised Invoice). Get a confirmation from the consignee about what will be required.

Freight

  • If consignment is 10 tonnes or more, do NOT package without consulting the airline.
  • If wood is used in packaging , do have a look at the packing article.
  • If a crane is needed, have hooks been provided? protection sleeves for chains? or padding to avoid damage to the machine surface while handling.
  • Pressure chambers (if any) removed? (pressure chambers may be classified as dangerous goods).
  • Pick up: Is a gantry crane available? Is an external crane service needed?
  • Dimensions : Length x Width x Height with unit of measure.
  • Weight: total gross weight of the goods “ready for carriage”. It is good to make the nett weight of the freight available to the airline.
  • Tie-down points are to be made available to the airline. Tie-down points : slots/rings/hooks to secure the freight to the air freight pallet.
  • Pre-export Check

Airline staff would like to inspect the machine before tabling a quotation. Once the airline contract is in place, a loadmaster will inspect the goods and advise, if anything special needs to be done. It is important that, by this time,  the consignee is ready for the import (documents are in place, broker is informed, equipment ordered etc.).

Documents are to be passed on in advance (always better to send them in PDF format).

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Jet Airways Foray Into Cargo World

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Jet Airways Into The World of Long Haul Cargo

The Indian economy is booming and the promising development, along with the support of the government; at least on the moral side; seems to have given the passenger airline the boost to step into the world of air cargo on a major scale. The Mumbai based airline claims to fly one of the youngest in the world.

Having started its role as an air taxi operator, with four B737-300 leased from Malaysia airlines (MH/232), Jet Airways (9w/589) has become a major passenger airline in India. It serves international routes, as well, and has a secondary hub in Brussels (BRU), the main hub being Mumbai (BOM)

The Fleet

Jet Airways has a  116 passenger aircraft and the new entry into the world of cargo will see a long haul plane;A330-200F (freighter configuration)  join the fleet. The leasing is from its business partner, Etihad (EY/607), the Abu Dhabi based airline. The only other airline that is dedicated to freight is Blue Dart, which however does not operate any long haul aircraft.

 

Jet Airways Fleet
Aircraft Number
B737-700 10
B737-800 60
B737-900 2
B737-900ER 4
B777-300 ER 10
ATR72-500 15
ATR72-600 3
A330-200 8
A330-300 4

 

 

Jet Airways and Etihad have been co-operating in passenger transport. The A330 freighter is being leased from Etihad, making Jet Airways the first major Indian airline entering the long haul freight market. This entry into the freight market will  offer a competition to Emirates (EK/176), the Dubai based airline, active in both passenger and cargo market.  Both Etihad and Emirates operate flights to India but the added freighter service should give a thrust to the air freight segment, especially from the domestic airline market.

Starting with one A330-200F, the airline will increase the number to three. The aircraft is a medium range one with a capacity for 65 tonnes for a range of 7400 Km. The construction allows for side-by-side loading of AKE/LD3 containers and 96 inch air freight pallets. The new service might prove to be a challenge for Blue Dart which operates smaller aircraft on domestic routes. It might also serve as a motivation to other airlines to start long haul services dedicated to freight.

More information on A330-200 can be had here.

 

 

 

 

 

References to Jet Airways

 

 

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Jet Airways – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Importer Security Filing

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Introduction To Importer Security Filing (ISF)

Importer Security Filing procedure is an ocean freight process but is included here as the this website is about freight forwarding. Do not make any decisions based on this general article. Rules and regulations change. You are requested to contact your freight agent or the nearest CBP office to get the complete set of information.

The United States Customs and Border Protection published the Importer Security Filing rule on 25. November 2008 (federal register 73 FR 71730). The purpose of the filing is to prevent importing terrorist weapons into the US. The federal register entry can be accessed here. The rule became effective on the 26. January 2009. The procedure is also known as the 10+2

You should contact your freight agent or freight forwarder to know more. You may also contact your nearest CBP office. If you like to contact an experienced freight forwarding house here is a link AFC International LLC.

Know The Following

Your time is precious and anything that helps you save it is of utmost importance to you. Keeping the time involved to the minimum is important. The information below will help you.

Timing

The data below is to be sent to the US authorities 24 hours BEFORE lading the cargo on the vessel headed for the US. This means that the lading on to a feeder vessel is not to be done. Only the lading on to a mother vessel is part of the information.

Penalty

Not making the Importer Security Filing will result in penalty. Consult your freight forwarder well in advance

Documents

  • Commercial Invoice
  • Packing list

The most important of the set of documents. The commercial invoice and packing list must list the following :

  • The name of the product(s)
  • The name of the manufacturer
  • The origin of the goods (Country of Origin aka CoO)
  • The Tariff Code (also known as HS code or HTS Code)
  • Entries should be well spaced to be clear
  • Avoid ambiguity

The complete set of documents are

  1. Commercial Invoice
  2. Packing list
  3. Bill of Lading
  4. Arrival Notice

 

Information Contained in ISF (10+2)

Data To Be Made Available By The Importer

  1. Name and address of the Manufacturer
  2. Name and address of the seller
  3. Name and address of the buyer
  4. Name and address of the addressee (also known as “ship to” data. Name and address are to be supplied)
  5. Name and address of the stuffing company (also called the “consolidator”)
  6. Country of origin (of the goods)
  7. HS Code of the products
  8. Place lace where the container was stuffed
  9. IRS (Internal Revenue Service) Number of the Importer (Importer of Record)
  10. The Consignee number

Data To be Made Available By The Carrier

  1. Stow plan of the ship
  2. Messages about the status of the Container

Responsibility

The responsibility for providing true information about the product(s) being imported rests with the importer.

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References to ISF

Importer Security Filing and Additional Carrier Requirements – U.S. …

Nov 25, 2008 … Importer Security Filing and Additional. Carrier Requirements. AGENCY: Customs and Border Protection,. Department of Homeland Security.

Floor Load Capacity Limit – Air Freight Packaging

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Introduction

Floor Load Capacity limit is usually a factor unknown to the shipper. However, it is useful to understand this concept, so that the packaging can be optimised. Air freight packaging must be strong enough to withstand fast operational procedures. Forklifts, pallet-jack handling, moving, sliding, vibrations etc are all factors that need to be taken into account. Waterproofing of the package is an additional measure that may be added to the checklist. However, one important point, which should not be forgotten is the floor load tolerance or floor load capacity limit.  This factor is of extreme importance when pallets with chocks are used in air freight packaging.

Why Is Floor Load Capacity Limit Important

Freight forwarding by air uses unit load devices (ULD), which are mostly made of light weight aluminium. Although the metal is known for its tensile strength, it is not fully resistant to damage. As per the air freight regulations certain amount or type of damage can disqualify a ULD from being used in transport.  Missing rivets, deep dents or ripped sides etc. can disqualify a ULD.

Air freight packaging referred to here includes the carrier pallet. This may be made of hard board, wood, plastic or any other permitted material.

Understanding Air Freight Basics

Floor load capacity limit is the maximum permissible load per square meter. The standard used by Lufthansa is  2000 Kg per square meter. An amount of weight higher than this amount is assumed to damage the ULD and hence endanger the safety of the aircraft. A damaged ULD gives rise to the risk of freight moving while in flight, which in turn can set off destabilising the other freight on board.

Since the maximum permissible load per square meter has been set, we need to  calculate the area of the footprint (the area occupied by the freight). In order to make the calculation understandable, the simplest example of a pallet with chocks is used below. The chocks (feet) of the pallet apply a concentrated weight on a very small area. Calculating the footprint is, to put in other words, finding the contact area.

The contact area in square meters is then multiplied with the maximum permissible load (2000 Kg). The result is the maximum weight of the freight.

The Calculation

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We shall consider a pallet with four chocks, with each chock measuring 8 cm (both length and width).

1 square meter = 100 cm x 100 cm = 10,000 square centimetre
Maximum permissible capacity for 1 sq. meter = 2000 Kg
One chock = 8 x 8 cm = 64 sq. cm
Total area of four chocks = 4 x (8 x 8) = 256 sq. cm
(Maximum permissible weight / 10,000 sq.  cm) x 256 sq. cm = ?
(2000 x 10,000) x 256 = 51.2

In this case the total weight of the package (pallet plus the piece of freight) on it  should not be  more than 51.2 kg. Any load on the top of the freight will mean crossing the load tolerance limit.

You, as a shipper, are not required to know the calculation. The article is to help you plan your air freight packaging with the freight forwarder and airlines in mind.

Air Freight Planning

  • Try to avoid pallets with chocks, especially conical chocks. The amount of weight per contact area of a conical chock is greater than that of a chock that is flat.
  • Use pallets with chocks resting on strips making the full length or width of the pallet. This will help distribute the weight over a large area
  • Even distribution of weight within the crate/carton with dunnage preventing the movement of the content.
  • Wobbly content shifts weight and creates possibility for  damage to content
  • Avoid overhangs! Freight should occupy only the area of the pallet and not project out of the rims.
  • If wooden pallets are to be used, make sure they are IPPC standard and the logo should be visible from the outside (embossed  on the side)
  • Air freight packaging must be strong enough and air worthy. Waterproofing is not mandatory but is certainly recommended.

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References for air freight

Air cargo – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Air cargo is any property carried or to be carried in an aircraft. Air cargo comprises air freight, air express and airmail. Contents. [hide]. 1 Aircraft types; 2 History.

Unitised Cargo – 9: PLW Pallet With Extension

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Introduction To Unitised Cargo

Managing space, in an aircraft in the most optimised way is the central idea behind unitised cargo . Freight is  loaded into units (technical term: BUP = Built Up Units) that are loaded into particular positions in the plane. Every bit of available space is used in a mathematically precise way so that the maximum amount of permissible payload can be reached.

Consignors (also called shippers) are generally not  aware of the internal details of freight forwarding by air. Freight is made ready for export and once it is picked up, attention is paid only to when the consignment reaches the destination. However, a bit of knowledge of freight forwarding will help shippers plan their freight, thus helping themselves, the freight forwarders and the airlines.

Space, Volume and Optimisation

In comparison to a ship, an aircraft has very limited space and every bit of optimising is needed to fly the maximum amount of cargo but within the permissible limits. Thus packaging the freight will play a major role. Suggestions for the packaging is mentioned in a category of its own below.

Air freight price is applied to the volume taken up by the freight. Total gross weight and total volume are compared and the air freight rate is applied to whichever is the higher one. Consignments in cartons of standard sizes are helpful in planning the air cargo load. Air Freight pallets used in unitised cargo systems have an inner area for taking in the freight and an outer area with slots (and even rails) to secure the load.

PLW Pallet With Extensions

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The base construction is the same as the PLA pallet. Elevated extension wings  going outwards are the added feature that make this pallet appear different.The extension wings can carry a weight of 350 Kg .

  • IATA Certification : PLW
  • Outer Dimension : 318 cm x 153 cm
  • Usable Area : 304 cm x 139 cm
  • Extensions can carry : 350 Kg each
  • Maximum Permissible Gross Weight: 3175 Kg
  • Aircraft : Airbus: A300 category (A330, A340, A380), Boeing: B747, B777, MD: MD-11

Advice To Exporters

  • Use standard size strong cartons without any side slits (hand slots)
  • If cartons are not stackable. paste labels on the stop saying NO TOP LOAD. (Shipper’s Letter of Instruction MUST carry this information!)
  • Waterproofing is not necessary but is a good protection
  • If cartons are loaded on pallets, avoid overhang (freight should not be bigger than the carrying pallet)
  • Decisions on Unit Load Devices will be taken by freight forwarder or by the airline.

 

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Why your freight needs to be packaged well!!! Not unitised cargo!

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References: air freight

Air cargo – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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General Air Freight – Alaska Air Cargo – Alaska Airlines

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http://www.aircargonews.net/freighters-and-belly-world-conference.html

Hosted in Budapest by Air Cargo News, the 15th Freighters and Belly Cargo World Conference provides the ideal forum for industry debate on the key themes facing the industry.

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