Who's Who in Airfreight Forwarding:
Large forwarders handle the bulk of airfreight volume but a small, niche player might be just what you need. Here's a list of some leading forwarders—both large and small—to help launch your search.
Air Cargo International & Domestic maintains a network of 194 agents throughout the United States for its pickup and delivery operations, 365 days a year. The freight forwarder offers a variety of airfreight services including same-day, next-day, and second-day, as well as economy (door-to-door service delivered in three to five business days), and international (door-to-door and door-to-airport service with direct and consolidations, pre-paid, collect, and letter of credit). The company is also hazardous material certified.
With more than 500 offices in its worldwide network, BAX Global can ship freight of any size or weight between any two points globally. Services include guaranteed shipping, standard door-to-door and airport-to-airport delivery, low-cost shipping, Customs brokerage, tracking, ocean forwarding, banking and documentation services, and logistics management.
Beluga International offers overnight and second-day domestic airfreight services to points throughout the United States and Canada. Beluga provides airfreight consolidation through carriers and agents to worldwide destinations; a global agency network, with origin and destination services; local pickup and airport cartage service; warehousing, consolidation and packaging; aircraft pallet/container buildup; part or whole aircraft charter; and all necessary documentation.
ClearFreight provides transportation and brokerage services throughout the United States and the world. It can move or clear freight via air, sea or land and guide it through the red tape that can accompany it. ClearFreight offers transportation experts who provide personalized, customer-tailored service. With a network of worldwide agents, ClearFreight moves goods anywhere at any time.
DHL Danzas Air & Ocean is the largest airfreight forwarding company in the world. With space reserved on leading commercial airlines, DHL Danzas Air & Ocean provides flight flexibility and a complete schedule of delivery options to meet time- and price-sensitive needs. DHL Danzas Air & Ocean offers routine and deferred airport-to-airport services, routine and deferred door-to-door services, charter services, and tracking and tracing.
EGL offers extensive international freight forwarding services utilizing major commercial airlines, all-cargo carriers, and charters. Its global infrastructure links North America with every principal trade lane worldwide, and provides comprehensive offshore-to-offshore service among the major Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and UK/Europe geographic markets, as well as within each region.
Exel's solutions cover transportation by air, sea, and land. Industry-specific and specialized transport solutions are provided for the movement of chilled and frozen goods, hazardous chemicals, and temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products.
An air consolidation and forwarding company, Expeditors International provides customer-specific airfreight programs to shippers of all sizes. Its programs focus on quick transit and constant communication, combined with the ability to seize cost-saving opportunities. As an IATA agent for all major airlines, Expeditors provides a complete package of air logistics services through its global network of professionals and tracking technology.
For IATA direct loading, consolidations, and full and partial charters, Hellmann provides worldwide door-to-door service. Hellmann handles all types of freight, as well as Customs handling and dangerous goods.
Kuehne + Nagel designs and creates dedicated and flexible systems tailored to customers' needs. Its airfreight specialists offer flexibility (carrier choice), IT solutions and competitive rates. Kuehne + Nagel offers consolidations, direct shipments, express services, sea/air services, customized tracking and tracing solutions, brokerage import and export, pickup and distribution services, and bonded warehousing.
Lynden Air Freight is a full-service domestic and international air and ocean freight forwarder providing fast, on-time service between any location. Lynden has a close working relationship with national and global carriers. Domestic services include priority plus (next-flight out), priority (overnight), standard (second-day), and economy (three to five days).
Menlo Worldwide Forwarding offers North America, international, and specialized services including guaranteed and premier service programs. Along with its large, dedicated fleet of heavyweight aircraft, Menlo offers scheduled commercial lift and unlimited charter resources.
National Air Cargo offers no weight and size restrictions and can deliver to anywhere in the world, through door-to-door charter, same-day, and overnight air cargo service. Both domestic and international service is available. Pickup is available 24/7 every day of the year.
Nippon Express offers an extensive international service network, with a range of consolidated airfreight forwarding services. These include pickup, Customs clearance, delivery, and distribution operations to a range of world destinations. Additionally, Nippon Express offers air charter services for emergency situations, unusual consignment shapes and sizes, or if the need for unscheduled services arise.
Pilot Air Freight is a full-service transportation and logistics company with 98 offices throughout the United States and Canada and a worldwide network of overseas agents, offering global coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Pilot offers customized logistics solutions for just-in-time delivery. Pilot does not limit customers to designated pickup or delivery times, and there are no size or weight restrictions.
Utilizing the commercial airlines and all-cargo carriers, SEKO Worldwide has access to thousands of flights every day. Service options include overnight service delivered in one business day by 5 p.m., second-day service, deferred surface service, and same-day service with immediate pickup and delivery anywhere in North America. Additional services include SEKO Charters and SEKO TradeShow Express.
ShipItSmart offers domestic and international freight solutions including next-flight-out/same-day delivery, overnight delivery, second-day delivery, third-day delivery, four- to five-day delivery, and international delivery. ShipItSmart also offers air freight, international, freight charter, tradeshow, and logistics services.
As a full-service airfreight forwarder, Stonepath offers air cargo service, door-to-door. From air express to charter, Stonepath's range of air and distribution services are designed to meet specific needs and cost requirements. Stonepath also provides documentation, worldwide Customs clearance, a cargo insurance program, automated quotes, and personalized service.
Premium, preferred, and economy options—from 48 hours to 5-7 days—are available for shipment of goods. UPS uses dozens of gateways within its established network to palletize and ship cargo daily, and can help reduce unit cost, ensure freight moves on time, and increase security in transit. Flexible scheduling options are also available through UPS's Preferred Carrier Program.
UTi offers airfreight forwarding services including economical shipping with fast transit times (one to five days); direct flights from the gateway—any size, any weight; Customs brokerage, pre-clearance and documentation generation; prepaid and collect shipments upon request; and track and trace.