Air freight on imports and exports

When it comes to international freight, importers and exporters have some options for transporting their cargo, depending on the type of goods they negotiate.

One of the modes that can be used is by air, which despite the higher cost compared to shipping via containers, makes the speed of delivery compensate in certain situations.

According to data from the Federal Government’s infrastructure official website, the air modal is still little used in Brazil: only 4% of all cargo handled in the country and the main reason for this is precisely the high cost of this type of operation.

What are the advantages of air freight and when to choose it?

The speed is one of the most important aspects in this modal, as a cargo that would take weeks to reach its destination via container takes a few days by air modal. Not to mention that, in addition, the matter security is also very relevant in air freights, considering that the risk of accident or cargo theft is much lower compared to other forms of transport.

With regards to urgent cargo, the air modal is also perfect to meet expectations and is widely used in the transport of perishable food, flowers, replacement items for machinery, jewelry and equipment used in the medical industry, as we have been following in the news in these times of pandemic the air transport of personal protective equipment, vaccines, respirators, medicines, among many others.

What documents are required for this operation?

As with other modes of international transport, air freight requires a Bill of Lading, in this case known as Air Waybill and called on the day-to-day as AWB, which is issued by the airline itself or by the international cargo agent.

It contains essential information about the cargo, such as: name and data of the issuing company, general information (name, address, CNPJ) of the exporter and importer, quantity of packages, weight, dimension, and type of packaging.

What are the main cargo airports in Brazil?

Due to its territorial extension and large population, Brazil is one of the countries with the largest number of airports in the world, in which, in addition to the large number of passengers transported, it is estimated that about 1 million tons of cargo enter and leave our territory annually.

Viracopos Airport, located in the city of Campinas, countryside of São Paulo state, is the busiest in the country in terms of cargo volume, which has intensified in recent months with logistics aiming the arrival of vaccines against Covid-19 in the country. So true that the airport has already received some international certifications and awards due to its good performance and efficiency of its logistics.

After Viracopos, other airports with the largest volume of cargo transported in Brazil in recent months are Manaus, Recife, Guarulhos, and Brasília.

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