What is Chargeable weight?

Air freight is calculated based on volume measured weight also known as volumetric weight. This is in order to correctly identify how much space will be used in the aircraft.

Airlines will always charge per kilogram against the greater weight whether it is the actual or volumetric weight.

  • Large items with a light overall weight will take up more space on an aircraft. This is descriped as light and fluffy cargo.
  • Small items with a heavy overall weight, although not taking much space creat addition weight factor for aircraft. This is described as dense cargo.
How do I calculate chargeable weight?

Calculating the volume (dimensional) weight:

Volume = Length x Width x Height in CM or IN


What is a Known Shipper?

On approval, Known Consignors are permitted (provided they comply with the requirements outlined in the UK regulations) to ship cargo from their facility. Such cargo may be transported by air without the need for any further security measures or xray being applied.

The Known Consignor Scheme is voluntary. There is no legal requirement for any air cargo to be dispatched from the shipper as SPX (Secure) cargo; insecure cargo may still be shipped, although it will be subject to additional security measures before it can be allowed to fly.

To find out how to become a Known Consignor refer to the CAA page below

Known Consignor Scheme

Who are the Top Cargo Carriers?

The annual World Air Transport Statistics report from Iata showed that in freight tonne km (FTK) terms, FedEx was the busiest cargo airline in the world last year with scheduled traffic totalling 15.7bn FTK on the back of a slight 0.6% year-on-year decline in demand.

Published Air Cargo News

Dangerous Goods

Who is responsible for ensuring that the documents and cargo is correctly completed?

The Shipper is always responsible for appropriately packing, marking and labelling the goods. All goods must be accompanied by a completed Shippers Declaration.

Freight Forwarders and Operators are responsible for checking that what is declared by the shipping is accurate and is able to be transported by the method selected.


What are the implications of using the incorrect Incoterm?

If you are using Incoterms inappropriately you may

a) Be over paying some charges in relation to the movement of the goods.

b) Be underpaying some charges in relation to the movement of the goods

c) Misdeclaring the product value to Customs

d) Not have relevant insurance to cover claims if goods are damaged in transit


What is the difference between Demurrage and Detention

Detention & Demurrage charges will be applicable for shipments wherein customers have exceeded the standard free time applicable both in the import & export cycles.

Demurrage: This charge will be levied when the Customer holds a container inside the terminal for longer than the agreed free days and is applicable to all containers that remain at the terminal longer than the agreed free time.

Detention: Detention charges will be levied when the Customer holds the container outside the terminal longer than the agreed free time : it is applicable throughout the duration of Customer’s possession of the container(s) in their custody, and until its safely returned to the shipping line

Free time, Detention & Demurrage charges and terms and conditions vary from each shipping line and from one country to another; please refer to shipping line tariffs for specific information.

–         Per Diem – this is the fee that is charged by the steamship lines when the empty container is not returned past the allotted free empty-return time.


My cargo has arrived damaged who is responsible for processing the claim?

The company that is responsible for the claim process is dependant on the Incoterm used between the buyer and seller and identification on where the damaged occured.


Who are the top 10 countries that the UK import from?

Data provided by the Freight Transport Association 2017 Logistics Report

Who are the top 10 countries that the UK export from?

Data provided by the Freight Transport Association 2017 Logistics Report