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All About Our Air Freight Container Shipping Services

If you need to transport a vehicle across the ocean, A-1 Auto Transport is here to help. Air freight shipping is an extremely quick and secure way to transport items across the ocean.

We provide air freight container shipping services for all types of vehicles, as well as other goods. We are equipped to arrange shipping to and from any international destination.

Air Freight Shipping for Cars

At A-1 Auto, we specialize in transporting cars safely and quickly to their final destination, wherever that may be. If you are interested in using air freight shipping for your vehicle, you’ve come to the right place. 

Unlike ocean freight shipping, which can have journey times of several weeks, air freight shipments can arrive in as little as 24 hours. Air freight shipping is also an incredibly secure way to ship vehicles. That’s why we recommend using air freight shipping for your international shipments of collectible, one-of-a-kind vehicles.

We will arrange collection, handling, classification, and secure loading and unloading of the vehicle. 

Why Choose Us for Your Air Freight Shipment

We have decades of experience arranging car shipments all over the world. We are dedicated to providing a high-quality service that sees you through every stage of the process. We always strive to make sure that your vehicle arrives safely and quickly. 

Our carriers are fully-licensed and fully-insured, so you won’t have to worry about any unexpected fines in the rare care of accidental damage. Here are just a few more reasons to choose A-1 Auto Transport for your air freight shipment:

We provide shipping for individuals, dealers, and manufacturers 

We provide shipping for domestic and international destinations

You can track your delivery using our real-time GPS satellite system

97% of our customers refer A-1 Auto to their friends

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Choosing Air Freight Shipping

If you need to transport your car or other belongings across the ocean, you will need to decide whether air freight shipping or ocean freight shipping is better for your situation.

The Benefits of Choosing Air Freight Shipping

Speed. If you are anxious about receiving your delivery quickly, air freight shipping is usually the best way to go. Air freight shipments can arrive within a few days in some cases. Ocean freight shipments, especially ones traveling across an ocean, can take several weeks.

Reliable journey times. Unlike ocean freight shipments, which can be subject to unforeseen delays, air freight shipments tend to arrive when they are meant to. This is because once the plane is in the air, it usually reaches its destination within an hour of its estimated arrival time.

Destination flexibility. Ocean shipments can be difficult if the final destination is quite far inland. Once the shipment reaches port, it will need to be transferred to a truck to be taken to its final destination. With air freight shipments, the goods can be delivered much closer to the final destination before they are placed on another mode of transportation.

Keep your items secure. If you are concerned about accidental damages, air freight shipping tends to be much safer than ocean freight shipping. Once the cargo is loaded onto the plane, there will be minimal handling of the goods. Also, airport regulations regarding cargo safety tend to be incredibly strict, so you can rest assured that your vehicle and other cargo will be properly secured and braced prior to taking off. 

The Downsides of Choosing Ocean Freight Shipping 

Cost. Because air freight shipping is so safe and efficient, it is also considerably more costly than ocean freight shipping. 

Environmental impact. Most of us know that airplanes contribute more to carbon emissions than any other mode of transport. In fact, planes currently contribute 2.5% of global carbon dioxide emissions. If you are concerned about helping reduce carbon emissions and you have some extra time, opt for ocean freight shipping rather than air freight.

Types of Air Freight Shipment Methods

The three main types of air freight shipment methods are as follows:

Air parcel. Air parcel shipments are small packages and parcels that are flown on passenger planes. Most commercial flights can accommodate up to 2 semi-trailer trucks-worth of goods in addition to the passengers and their belongings.

Air cargo planes. Most air freight shipments are flown on dedicated air cargo planes. These planes are designed to carry cargo. The largest air cargo plane can transport up to 26,000 cubic feet of cargo.

Air charter. Urgent shipments can sometimes be placed on a charter aircraft that is dedicated to serving your shipment needs. Because charter flights are reserved for one person or company’s shipments, this option is much more expensive. Usually, you will only see this method used by industries such as mining, energy, and film.

FAQs About Air Shipping

Still feeling a little confused? Here are some frequently asked questions about air freight shipping.

How Much Does Air Freight Shipping Cost?

Air freight shipping is more expensive than ocean freight. It’s hard to provide a decent estimate without knowing some details about your shipment needs. In order to provide an accurate estimate, we will need to know what type of cargo you want to be shipped, where it’s coming from, where it’s heading, and any time constraints you may have.

If you are interested in finding out how much an air freight shipment is likely to cost, try our online quote generator, or give us a call today.

How Much Longer Does Ocean Freight Shipping Take Than Air Freight?

The difference between ocean and air freight shipping times can be drastic. For instance, a shipment heading to China from the United States could take three weeks by ocean—or just three days by air. Most urgent air freight shipments can be completed in a few days.

How Should I Prepare My Vehicle For Air Shipping?

In order to prepare your vehicle for air freight shipping, you will need to follow these steps:

Make sure your vehicle is in decent running condition

Fix any leaks or internal problems

Deactivate any alarm systems

Make sure the fuel tank has no more than one-eighth of a full tank of gas

Remove all of your personal belongings from the vehicle

Do not hesitate to contact A1-Auto Transport with any questions you may have about preparing your vehicle for shipment. Our team of experts will be happy to assist you with any questions.

Joe Webster
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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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