Air freight can be expensive. But cost-conscious businesses with lean inventory often depend on air freight (instead of ocean) to move product in a timely, more predictable manner. So how can these businesses optimize air freight cost? Easy. Consider these money-saving air freight tips:
- Follow Industry Standards
By industry standards, I mean shipping on an ISPM-15 exempt pallet. All plastic pallets are inherently compliant with export regulations so they eliminate the need for stamping and documentation. This makes exporting hassle-free and lessens the chance for freight delays.
- Go Light
You know how you get charged for that extra suitcase when you fly on a trip? Well, that's what airlines call chargeable weight and it applies to cargo too. It is calculated using weight and dimensions. The lightweight nature of plastic pallets makes most of them export friendly. So choosing a 15 lb plastic pallet over a 35-40 lb pallet is really going to save you some money.
- Think Nestable
Nestable pallets tend to be lighter in weight and cost less. This is especially important to consider when the pallets are shipping one-way and are not expected to return. When not in use, nestable pallets take up less space to save money in storage and transport costs.
- Add Optional Runners
Need more support? Some loads require more secure stacking capabilities when shipping via air cargo. A popular option for creating a flat and safe surface is to snap on runners to the bottom of nestable pallets. This still keeps the pallet weight and price down but adds stacking and racking capabilities.
- Get Size Advice
Size matters. Plastic pallets have consistent and precise sizing and weights to make calculating your loads easier. Not only that, they come in many sizes to work with your application. The right size can prevent cargo damage and save money.
- Ask About Used
New isn't always better. There is a huge selection of used plastic pallets that are ideal for export. Used pallets are structurally sound and typically have only some minor cosmetic damage. Best of all, they cost less.
Reduce Headaches and Save Money
Shipping air freight can be an expensive headache. Using the wrong pallet for export could be costing more than you realize. Getting expert advice for choosing the right plastic pallet really can help make the process easier and cheaper.
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Post by Lindsey Silverman, Business Development Representative