Air Freight

Soar above the competition with our industry-leading air freight shipping.

Air freight, or air cargo, is air transportation for shipping goods. As one of the fastest modes of transportation globally, air freight utilises aircraft such as cargo planes, freighters and the belly capacities of passenger airlines to ship goods via air from their origin to destinations worldwide. Time-sensitive goods like perishables, valuable items, and other high-priority cargo are often transported by international air freight forwarding due to the speed and reliability when quick delivery times are required.

Air freight offers various options for different shipping needs, whether airport-to-airport for direct cargo transport or door-to-door for complete delivery. Services provide consolidated shipping for efficiency and certification of dangerous goods requiring specialised handling during transport.

We operate daily flights to major airports worldwide, allowing us to reach even the most remote locations. Some of the commodities we regularly ship by air freight include:

  • Fresh produce
  • Fresh poultry and seafood
  • Fresh flowers
  • Auto and aerospace components
  • Pharmaceuticals and medical supplies
  • Electronic consumer goods 
  • Documents 
  • Live animals

Our strategic airport hub locations and extensive carrier connections allow us to easily arrange air freight from the UK to international markets across Asia, Europe, North America, Africa and beyond.

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Why Choose Air Freight?

Quicker Shipping

Air freight forwarding is one of the fastest ways to move goods. It takes days instead of weeks, unlike sea freight. This is especially true for moving goods over shorter distances.

Various Destinations

Most airlines can fly to various countries all over the world’s major routes, including markets like China,India and Vietnam. This means your business can have a global reach.

Easy Tracking

Air freight delivery is one of the safest methods of transporting goods internationally. Shipments are handled less frequently, reducing the risk of cargo damage. This is particularly beneficial for high-value items.

Secure Handling

Air freight delivery is one of the safest methods of transporting goods internationally. Shipments are handled less frequently, reducing the risk of cargo damage. This is particularly beneficial for high-value items.

Our Air Freight Process

Send Details

Document Prep

Send Goods

Export Customs

Ship Goods

Import Customs

Last-Mile Delivery

7,300+

Miles Covered

11

Countries

99.9%

Deliveries On Time

Air Freight FAQs

How are air freight costs calculated?
The price for air freight shipping depends on several things about the cargo. This includes what the cargo is, its size, weight, and how much space it takes up. Where it’s coming from and going to, and the kind of plane used also matter. Costs can also change for special handling, customs import and export fees, and taxes.
Yes, you can. We handle both pallets and parcels for air freight from the UK. Our services are flexible to meet different shipping needs.
When using an air freight forwarding service, you need to have certain documents. This includes your shipment details, a commercial invoice, and a packing list. You’ll also need specific papers for exporting or importing your goods, like a Waybill, similar to a Bill of Lading.

Some goods cannot be transported via air due to safety or legal constraints. Items such as:

  • Explosives
  • Biochemical products
  • Flammable and combustible materials
  • Firearms
  • UN-classified dangerous materials
  • Illegal or controlled substances
  • Lithium batteries and power supplies/banks

Have restrictions for air transport and may require special packaging, documentation or alternative shipping modes depending on their hazardous characteristics. Our experts can guide regulations and compliant solutions for shipping specialised and restricted cargo types.

With our dedicated network of integrated air and ground transport routes and working with carefully selected carriers, SLG’s global air freight solutions are what you’re looking for.

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