Air Freight

As a reputable freight forwarder for safe and timely deliveries, we offer air freight shipping as our most effective and efficient service. From simple to complex shipments, we take pride in providing solutions to your shipping needs, regardless of the size of the cargo.

Our network of reputable agents reaches all around the globe, providing our clients with credible and flexible air freight solutions for any shipping request, including airport to airport, door to door, shipping to Amazon FBA and more. By developing excellent working relationships with leading air cargo carriers, we are able to ensure your shipment is prioritized for the earliest scheduled departures and ensure the most possibly accurate arrival.

The team of experts are highly motivated to pay individual attention to your shipment whilst constantly monitoring the status of the transportation process. We take responsibility for your cargo from the time of order and we manage all documentation duties and custom clearance services until the final delivery of your cargo at the location. Trusting our years of experience, our expert team will ensure you first rate services at very competitive rates.

Services Include:

Door to Door, Door to Airport, Airport to Door, Airport to Airport Services

  • Air charter service
  • Shipping to Amazon FBA
  • Import & Export Services
  • Document Preparation
  • Freight consolidation
  • Warehousing and distribution
  • Special Handling (temperature-controlled, high-value, oversized)
  • Inland Trucking
  • Customs clearance
  • Track and Trace the progress of your air freight shipment online

Air freight is a safe and efficient way for immediate transportation. Air cargo always has high value-to-weight or have a severe timeline.

At CFC, we want to be your single source for your supply chain solutions. We do this by working in virtually every aspect of the logistics management, including shipping via air.

Here this page will guide you to China air freight, including the advantages, cargo types, a sample airway bill, shipping process, china main airports list and more. Keep reading.

Air Freight Advantages
The best thing with air shipment is speed. In general, the transit time from China is no longer than 10 working days. Only 3~5 days in most cases. This is a vast reduction compared to ocean freight. Nowadays, the fast delivery time alone can make a huge impact on a business niche.

Besides, air shipment is safe and can be tracked online via the airline’s official website.

Please note that air freight is just to-airport delivery. You have to handle the customs clearance and inland transportation to your warehouse, while courier services such as DHL/FedEx/UPS/TNT can be the one stop to-door delivery supplier.

Air freight = airport-to-airport
Air courier = door-to-door

That is the biggest difference between them.

Air Cargo Types
By cargo properties, they can be divided into

General cargo
Special cargo
1. General cargo
Such as electronics, Jewelry, pharmaceuticals, wristwatches are high value. The electronics industry accounts for around 40% of the value of the entire international air cargo industry.

They need to be transported in a very good condition. The air shipping cost more than sea shipping, but means nothing compared to the value amount of products.

2. Special cargo
Including living animals, goods that are dangerous or need temperature control. For example, some chemicals are dangerous goods, and seafood that requires refrigeration and freezing during the whole-course cold chain transportation.

Perishable or hazardous goods are subject to different regulations, compared to general cargo. They have to pass through various inspections and need to meet numerous requirements, and not every airline can accept these items.

Make sure that you advise in detail about special goods you want to ship. Because leaving out any detail might lead to penalties/extra fees and denial of shipment.

3. One exception.
Sometimes you choose delivery by air no matter what the cargo type is. The manufacturing process delayed, or a market opportunity right now, or you are pushed by your customers, makes you have to choose air shipping.

You can plan ahead to avoid most cases, but there are always circumstances out of control.

4. Prohibited Items
There are additional restrictions on air cargo for items that may endanger the aircraft or passengers’ health or safety, or cause property damage, the main categories being:

Explosives: fireworks and firecrackers, detonating fuses, etc.;
Gases: such as compressed gas, dry ice, fire extinguisher, gas cartridge, inflated ball, respirator, explosive automotive airbag, aerosol, gas lighter, gas cylinder, and lamp bulb etc.;
Flammable liquid: e.g. paint, gasoline, alcohol, engine oil, camphor oil, engine starting fluid, turpentine, thinner, mucilage, perfume, insect sprays, air freshener etc.
Flammable solid, pyrophoric substances, and substances that emit flammable gases in contact with water: e.g. activated carbon, titanium powder, copra, castor products, rubber debris, safety matches, dry white phosphorus , dry yellow phosphorus, magnesium powder, and solid gum, etc.
Toxic and infectious items: pesticides, lithium batteries
Corrosive items: e.g. batteries, alkaline battery electrolyte
Magnetic substances without degaussing packaging, magnetic steel and other strong magnetic products: e.g. currency detectors, speakers, magnets
Items dangerous to public health: e.g. corpses & bones (inc. incinerated), untanned hides, animal bones not processed with chemicals
Oxidizers, organic peroxides, radioactive materials & corrosive items: e.g. chemical medicines, lab chemicals (potassium permanganate, sulphuric acid)
Powder, liquids, pastes, and other items with danger signs on their packaging
Biochemical products and infectious materials of all kinds: e.g. bacillus anthracis, dangerous pathogens, medical wastes
Other restrictions will apply due to national laws and regulations of specific airlines.

Please note that most of the airlines are saying NO to the following names or descriptions of the commodity: Lithium Battery Toys, Scooter, Hoverboard, Power Supply, Power Bank, Air Bag, Electric Board, Electronic Board.

Air Waybill (AWB) Sample
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If you have read our blog about Bill of Lading, you can understand the AWB above. AWB is almost the same structure as Ocean Bill of Lading (OBL).

An Air Waybill is a documentary proof of the contract of carriage between the shipper and the carrier.

It also serves as:

  • a delivery receipt
  • a receipt of goods for shipment
  • a document required for Customs clearance
  • a form of invoice for the carriage of the goods
  • an insurance certificate (if the insurance cover was arranged through the airline)
  • a dispatch note, bearing a list of all accompanying documents, and any special instructions given by the shipper
  • Difference between AWB and OBL

    The rule of AWB played in an international shipping is almost the same as OBL, but AWB doesn’t serve as a document of title. This is the most significant difference.

    The words non-negotiable are printed at the top of the Air Waybill, and must not be changed or removed.

    The AWB will be delivered with the air cargo. So as soon as the plane departs from the loading airport, the cargo rights will be transferred to the consignee. The consignee can only show their identification to claim the shipments. The AWB cannot be transferred. That’s why you have to pay freight costs before departure from China.

    “Rate Charge”
    There’s a column called “Rate Charge” in the middle of an AWB. This rate will be automatically generated by the airlines according to IATA, and can NOT be modified. The charge shown is higher than you really paid.

    This is the all-in billable weight rate, calculated by:

  • GCR (General Cargo Rate)
  • SCR (Specific Commodity Rate)
  • CCR (Commodity Classification Rate or Class Rate)
  • BUC (Bulk Unitization Charge)
  • Air cargo tracking
    Each AWB has its unique number. You can find this number on the head section. By submitting the number on the tracking page of the airline’s official website, all updated tracking information will be available.

    The bill format is 2 airline code + 3 numbers as prefix + several numbers. Example, Air China Cargo, CA as the airline code, 999 as prefix.

    Tracking & Tracing from Air China Cargoair-freight-tracking

    Some carriers will provide a free service called email alert. When the goods moved, the updated status will be sent to you shortly. Take advantage of that.

    There are also specialized tools online from third parties for flexible tracking. You can google and find them easily.

    Top 10 International Airports in China
    In international air transport, there are standard short name of each airport created by IATA. The airport short name is formed by three capitalized letters for easy recognition.

    PEK – Beijing Capital International Airport
    HKG – Hongkong International Airport
    CAN – Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CA/QR/TK/EY/MS/NH to Middle East and Africa)
    PVG – Shanghai Pudong International Airport
    SHA – Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport
    CTU – Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport
    SZX – Shenzhen Baoan International Airport (CA/HU/CZ/MU to Europe and North America)
    KMG – Kunming Changshui International Airport
    XIY – Xian Xianyang International Airport
    HGH – Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport

    What CFC Can Do for You?

    You have goods that quickly needs to be moved. You have the dimensions, the weight, the timeline and you find CFC as your China air freight forwarder.

    We understand that the products we are going to forward are urgent, high-value, time-sensitive or perishable.

    What we are trying to do is deliver your shipments as early as possible, and make the process smoothly with a competitive air shipment quote. Whether airport to airport, or airport to door, you can rely on us.

  • Cargo insurance
  • Door to Door service
  • Fumigation and inspection
  • Direct flight to worldwide
  • Single-source quoting
  • Competitive air freight rates
  • Customs clearance service at origin or destination
  • CFC covers all major airports in China with cheap prices. Depends on where’s your shipment located, and the available schedules to your destination, we’ll choose the best suitable one for you as your loading airport. We rely on qualified partner carriers that are committed to providing safe, efficient and on-time service to importers across the world.

    Low cost, time definite services, and proof of delivery, that’s we are doing and we are good at it. We are always interested in new opportunities and supporting your business.

    CFC improves profitability for customers by allowing them to focus on their core competencies while we manage their logistics, providing great air freight solutions.