Sometimes it is necessary to use air freight to send cargo since it is faster than ocean transportation. Palletized cargo can also be sent by air, but is limited to the airplane’s available space. The acceptable dimensions will vary depending on the type of plane, but there are some general rules.

Palletizing is considered a safe method for shipping cargo shipments, increasing their safety and timely delivery. Palletizing slightly increases the weight of your shipment but benefits greatly outweigh this increment in terms of ease in shipping and storing in transit and at the dock.

What is an Air Freight Pallet?

An air freight pallet is a large flat base of aluminum, with rims designed to lock onto cargo net lugs, which goods are placed on to be transported via an airplane. Airfreight pallets must meet certain dimensional requirements in order for them to be able to be safely loaded and unloaded from the plane.

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What kind of cargo may need to be moved by air?

Fresh flowers, fruits and vegetables are good examples of freight that are oftentimes sent by air.

Air cargo can be moved by passenger planes and cargo-only planes, also known as freighters.

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Air Freight Cargo Height Restrictions

The main concern when loading air freight is the height of your shipment. Depending on the model and year of the plane, size restrictions will vary. The chart below are some general rules for air freight cargo restrictions:

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Air Cargo Height Dimensions

Maximum cargo dimensions for standard air freight is 96 x 125 inches (2.44 x 3.15 meters)

Cargo with dimensions beyond the standard size would need special arrangements and may need to be packed on special equipment.

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